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Chaat: Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India: A Cookbook (Hardcover)
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Explore the bold flavors, regional dishes, and stunning scenery of India with Chopped judge and James Beard Award-winning chef Maneet Chauhan.
“A sumptuous whistle-stop tour of India’s diverse food ways. Maneet has penned a love letter to the best of Indian food.”—Padma Lakshmi, host and executive producer of Top Chef and Taste the Nation
In Chaat, Maneet Chauhan explores India’s most iconic, delicious, and fun-to-eat foods coming from and inspired by her discoveries during an epic cross-country railway journey that brought her to local markets, street vendors, and the homes of family and friends.
From simple roasted sweet potatoes with star fruit, lemon, and spices to a fragrant layered chicken biryani rice casserole, and the flakiest onion and egg stuffed flatbreads, these recipes are varied, colorful, and expressive. Maneet weaves in personal stories and remembrances as well as historical and cultural notes as she winds her way from North to South and East to West, sharing recipes like Goan Fried Shrimp Turnovers, Chicken Momo Dumplings from Guwahati in Assam, Hyderabad's Spicy Pineapple Chaat, and Warm-Spiced Carrot and Semolina Pudding from Amristar.
With breathtaking photography and delectable recipes, Chaat is a celebration of the diversity of India's food and people.
About the Author
Maneet Chauhan is a James Beard Award–winning chef whose restaurants include Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Tànsuŏ, The Mockingbird, and Chaatable, all in Nashville. Prior to becoming an executive chef and judge on Food Network’s Chopped, Maneet worked in some of the finest hotels in India before moving to the U.S. to study the culinary arts. She lives in Nashville with her family.
Jody Eddy is a food and travel writer whose work has appeared in Saveur, Food & Wine, Vogue, and more. She coauthored the IACP award-winning cookbook North and the James Beard–nominated cookbook Come In, We’re Closed.
“It’s hard to imagine not loving chaat: Few snacks manage to be lusciously creamy and brightly acidic, crackly, saucy, and chewy all at once. Yet somehow, these varied Indian snacks often do it all. Maneet Chauhan, who grew up in Ranchi in East India but is now based in Nashville, where she runs three restaurants, and remembers the chaat and snacks of her childhood train trips across India in this book.”—Epicurious
“Chaat is a delicious journey through India’s rich street food culture. But it’s more than that, too— Maneet takes your hand and, in a friendly informative way, demystifies the flavors, geography, and dishes. This is a must-read book for anyone who is interested in cooking Indian cuisine from one of the foremost authorities.”—Jet Tila
“Maneet’s new book, Chaat, is gorgeous, vibrant, heartfelt, educational, and fun. Her passion for food and cooking has always been contagious and it’s on full display in these pages. I learned so much about the cuisine, culture, and history of the different regions of India. Her descriptions bring the food to life and you can vividly imagine the smells and tastes as they seemingly jump off the page and into your senses. Chaat makes me want to run to the nearest Indian grocery, get lost in all the exotic and delicious spices, and start cooking.”—Martina McBride, recording artist, cookbook author
“Maneet is a treasure, a culinary ambassador from India to the United States. Thanks to her we can learn about chaat, which is the perfect lens to see the many colors, flavors, and cultures of India. This book is bright, spicy, salty, sweet, tangy . . . flavors that you will want to have in your kitchen!”—José Andrés
“Chaat is a sumptuous whistle-stop tour of India’s diverse food ways. Maneet has penned a love letter to the best of Indian food, found not in big hotels or five-star restaurants, but in the back alleys, train stations, and winding streets where real Indian families come together to enjoy a meal of street food. It is the food of our shared childhoods, it is the joy of the tasty discovery that comes from travel. Every page is a feast for the eyes and the palate. It will make you hungry for more.”—Padma Lakshmi New York Times bestselling author of Love, Loss, and What We Ate and The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs and Host/executive producer of Top Chef and Taste the Nation