In this giving gratitude video, I thank Viji for 'going out on a limb' and offering Tamil Brahmin cookbooks to everyone across the world so we can learn more deeply about the culture. I also thank her editor and cheerleader, Padmini Natarajan for her encouragement. None of this would be possible without her, too!! The international publication of these books (and some into French and Japanese) will open up people's understanding of Indian cuisine past the typical 'pan Indian' or 'continental Indian' offerings I have at least seen in American restuarants. These recipes represent a slice of a wide variety of vegetarian options and a very regional and specified taste palate found in Tamil Nadu, a south eastern state in India.
This video is not only to thank Viji and Padmini for their amazing and ongoing efforts to promote cross cultural understanding through food, but also to share a tutorial on a Westerner's approach and ongoing learning of a unique slice of Indian culture, language, and cuisine.
Get a link to all her books on Classic Tamil Brahmin Cuisine, Yogurt in South Indian cooking, Festival Samayal, Vegetarian Samayal and 'general' Samayal on my blog here.