In this giving gratitude video, I thank Viji for ‘going out on a limb’ and offering Tambram 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 restaurants. 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.
Jennifer Kumar is a US Citizen who has lived in India for over 10 years two different times. She understands some cultural and language differences between the countries. She coaches those who work and travel between the two countries to help them adjust to the cultural differences with more ease. Contact her here.
Other cross-cultural related posts:
Pongal: A Tamil Festival
Eating With Hands in the US With Colleagues – Yes or No?
Role of Potluck Parties in the NRI and Expat Culture