Born(August 13, 1933) M adur Bahadur in Delhi, India, Madhur began her career in ALL INDIA RADIO, and then began acting in films and theater .She acted in almost all Merchant- Ivory films, and a few Hindi films as well...She was married to Actor Saeed Jaffrey, however they divorced in 1965. In 1969, she married Sanford Allen , a violinist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra...
Madhur deveoped an interest in cookery while she went to London to study at the ROYAL ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ART, when she was barely 19 years old. She used to experiment with receipes that she got from her mother and in the 1960's she was hired by the BBC to present a show on Indian cooking .In 1966 she wrote her first book " A n Invitation To Indian Cooking " .The recipes that she wrote in that book came from her mother, although adapted by her to suit the American kitchen and American taste. During the 1970s, she taught Indian cooking at the James. A. Beard School of Cooking and in her Manhattan apartment..
About the book "Madhur Jaffrey's Flavours of India "
Flavours of India is a magnificent book, spiced with anecdotes and personal reminiscences ,which conveys all the colour and diversity of India's rich culinary heritage.
The major plus of this volume is to have the recipes sorted out by regions. Although Indian cuisine finds its common link in spices, it's still used differently in various parts of India. And, Madhur Jaffrey delineates these subtle differences .
There are receipes from the northern Kashmir , she has selected a sweet pumpkin and walnut chutney and a Pulao that is served at wedding banquets.
From the dry plains of western Saurashtra there is a delicious receipe for Vadas made from a batter of rice and split peas. Dishes like these, together with many other sweets, snacks, breads, roasts, skewered kebabs and Pulaos, form an exhaustive collection of recipes that will satisfy the most experienced cook and enthusiastic beginner alike...
There are some very authentic Goan receipes like the Goan layered cake 'Bebinca ' and a Bengali Vegetarian dish called 'Shukto"The South Indian 'Appams' a pan cake made with rice batter into which local palm toddy is mixed for fermenting the batter. There are 130 receipes in all...
Her collection of receipes are delicious, besides the readers gets to discover the variety and uniqueness of each region of India and its diversities.It is beautifully illustrated with some lovely pictures of the receipes and some parts of India as well.
One can easily say that this is one of the Best Indian Cook Book that one can come across, definitely worth having in one's cook book collection..
A COMPLETE LIST OF HER BOOKS
An Invitation to Indian Cooking (1973)
Madhur Jaffrey's World of the East Vegetarian Cooking (1981)
Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking (1973)
Eastern Vegetarian Cooking (1983)
A Taste of India (1988)
Madhur Jaffrey's Cookbook: Easy East/West Menus for Family and Friends (1989)
Indian Cooking (1989)
A Taste of the Far East (1993)
Madhur Jaffrey's Spice Kitchen (1993)
Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Recipes (1994)
Entertaining With Madhur Jaffrey (1994)
Madhur Jaffrey's Flavors Of India: Classics and New Discoveries (1995)
Cookbook Food for Family and Friends (1995)
Madhur Jaffrey's Quick & Easy Indian Cooking (1996)
The Madhur Jaffrey Cookbook: Over 650 Indian, Vegetarian and Eastern Recipes (1996)
Madhur Jaffrey's Illustrated Indian Cookery (1996)
Madhur Jaffrey Cooks Curries (1996)
Madhur Jaffrey's Complete Vegetarian Cookbook (1998)
Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian (1999)
The Essential Madhur Jaffrey (1999)
Madhur Jaffrey's Step-by-Step Cooking (2001)
Foolproof Indian Cooking: Step by Step to Everyone's Favorite Indian Recipes (2002)
Madhur Jaffrey Indian Cooking (2003)
From Curries to Kebabs: Recipes from the Indian Spice Trail (2003)
Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Bible (2003)
Simple Indian Cookery (2005)