Actress, prolific cookbook author, and television host, Madhur Jaffrey has made it her life's mission to introduce the west to the vibrant cuisines of India.
Beginning in 1973, Jaffrey penned An Invitation to Indian Cooking, a volume that had much to do with so many Indian dinner parties and countless curries being prepared in American and British kitchens. Something about her recipes and writing style makes the cuisine seem exotic and enchanting while still entirely doable. Over 30 of her books have been published in the U.S. alone.
Her latest, At Home with Madhur Jaffrey is a collection of recipes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka deconstructed, simplified, and accessible enough for new cooks and weeknight meal-makers. In classic Jaffrey style, these recipes, while pared down, manage to retain their deep, spice-filled flavors without too much time spent chopping, soaking, sizzling and grinding whole spices.