Monday, February 1, 2010

Meridien chef launches book on kebabs

Chef Davinder Kumar of Le Meridien, Delhi has released a book called Just Kebabs.

He says, "Gone are the days when we associated kebabs with the advent of the Mughals into India or kebabs originated in the Caucasus where mountain people speared meat pieces. Just Kebabs is a repository of tempting kebabs reminiscing back in ancient Mughal era on today’s platter. If Kebabs are not strictly limited to Mughals it is not even restricted to non-vegetarians too."

This book erases the myth that only non-vegetarians can enjoy the delectable kebab, the book salvages the vegetarians with its 127 exotic recipes of vegetarian kebabs. "You can embrace different regions of India in your very kitchen." The book even has kebabs from regions such as Punjab, Hyderabad and many more. The book is replete with useful cooking tips. Another important highlight is the detailed glossary that provides description of the ingredients.

“The right ingredient at the right time is the secret of great taste in cooking. I love all 365 kebabs; it is like a mother favoring all her children equally. All the 365 recipes are different to cook but will definitely put an equal exclamation on your appetite. The success of my first book Kebabs, Chutneys and Breads inspired me to write this book.” says Kumar.

The book was published by Shubhi Publications.

Kumar is a graduate of Delhi University. He has hosted a cookery show on television, The Kebab Corner( 148 episodes). He is also the first Indian to be elevated to the post of Executive Chef at a leading five-star hotel in the country The Oberoi, place where he began his career in 1972. In 1983 he received a gold medal for presentation of Indian food at the International Food Festival organized in Japan. In 1976, he led a team to Paris and presented Indian cuisine to the French. He is a proud recipient of “Golden Hat Award”, “Delhi Ratan”, ”Best Chef of India, Awards” (5 Star Category).

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