Monday, November 29, 2010

West India Thali ( Gujarat & Rajasthan)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Your comments on the new look please...

Hiya readers,

What do you think about the new look of One pagers ? They take 10 times longer to create, but if you really like the new look, I'll change them !


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

One page cookbooks - Core beliefs

All one page cookbooks are based on the following core beliefs. If you don't subscribe to them, One pagers are not for you ! If you do, you might experience how liberating, hassle free and fun cooking can be !

 1. Cooking is simple, if you get the big picture straight.

 2. Cooking is highly personal – you alone decide what  tastes good. 

3. Traditional recipes are general guidelines –    not rigid instructions.

4. “The perfect way” to cook a dish is a myth. Even highly traditional dishes are cooked in many different ways. Recipes are alive and change with time and place. They are meant to be experimented with.

5. Cooking is more about fun, creativity & making healthy food than about fancy techniques, exotic ingredients  and eye popping presentation.

6. Themes are universal. Each cuisine translates them with local Ingredients into recipes.

7. As with one, so with most others. If one flour can be turned into bread/ pasta / noodles / porridge / crepes /dumpling, most other flours can be too.

8.  Anything goes with anything. It is a fallacy to believe that only a select few combinations work.

 9.  Each extra step in a recipe doubles its complexity. Duplicating a recipe is virtually   impossible.   

10. Recipe purity is no different from racial purity or linguistic purity - It just does not exist. What is traditional today was esoteric a few decades back. Cuisines influence each other and evolve all the time.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

International recipes eBook now available

Hiya readers,

My latest book " One page cookbook - International recipes" is finally done!  It details fool proof recipes and variations of international sauces, dips, salads, soups, staples and desserts. If you want a sneak preview, mail me ( siramki at gmail dot com). Would love to have your comments before sending it off to the printers. This is a no strings attached offer for the first 50 respondents only !


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Cooking is fun - Duplication is a pain !

"It is extraordinary to me that the idea of creating thousands of recipes by mixing building blocks takes immediately to people or it doesn’t take at all. .... If it doesn’t grab a person right away, ... you can talk to him for years and show him demos, and it doesn’t make any difference. They just don’t seem able to grasp the concept, simple as it is". ( Thanks Warren Buffett !)

"What's angering about instructions in many cookbooks is that they imply there's only one way to cook a dish - their way. And that presumption wipes out all the creativity." Cook dishes your way - Download  1001 South Indian curries now and learn to cook, not to duplicate ! ( Thanks Robert Pirsig !)

"Recipe purity is no different from racial purity or linguistic purity. It just does not exist. Cuisines are alive and change all the time. What is traditional today was esoteric just a few decades back. So being a 'foodist' is as bad as being a racist !

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Okay, let me start from the very beginning. 1500 crore years ago, with a Big Bang, the Universe is born. It expands dramatically. Hydrogen forms, contracts under gravity and lights up, forming stars. Some stars explode, dusting space with the building blocks of life. These condense into planets, one of which is Earth. Over time, self replicating molecules appear, multiply and become more complex. They create elaborate survival machines (cells, plants, animals). A variety of lifeforms evolve. Soon, humans arise, discover fire, invent language, agriculture and religion. Civilisations rise and fall. Alexander marches into India. Moguls establish an empire. Britain follows. Independence. Partition. Bloodshed. The license raj is in full sway. I'm born. India struggles to find its place. Liberalisation. The Internet arrives! I move from Tirupur to Chennai. Start a company. Expand into Malaysia, Singapore and the Middle East. Poof! Dot com bust. Funding dries up. Struggle. Retire. Discover the joy of cooking, giving, friendships and the pleasures of a simple life. Life seems less complicated. Pizza Republic, Pita Bite and Bhojan Express bloom !

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