Chef Aarti’s first cookbook is Aarti Paarti – An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul. The foreword is by Food Network’s Ree Drummond of “The Pioneer Woman Cooks” fame.
Ree Drummond, from the Foreward:
“Aarti regards food, she will tell you, not simply as nourishment. It is her lifeblood – the source of her lifelong memories, the thing that excites her, the force that propels her forward. Those of us who also love both cooking and eating can certainly relate, but there’s something about Aarti’s appreciation for food’s textures, colors and flavors that flat-out inspires me.”
This collection of Aarti’s memories and over 100 recipes will make cooking with traditional Indian and Middle Eastern flavors easy and fun for any reader. Wonderfully evocative stories at the beginning of each chapter relate how a woman who was an outsider experienced many cultures and cuisines. But it is the food in Aarti’s life that keeps her close to her roots as she explores new culinary and cultural destinations.
AArti will be doing a cooking demo and book-signing at next weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC on Saturday afternoon, April 18th at 2:00 p.m. She invites all listeners to stop-by and say hello.