Book Reviews

My copy is now worn from so much love - from having prepared so many of the menus in it! Having journeyed through many, many cookbooks, I can easily say that Rani is my “cooking hero.” - Emily Vosseller

Veronica Sidhu has ingeniously taken what we all love about food -- the taste, the stories associated with each dish and the people we hold dear -- and has created a book that weaves all of these experiences together. As I made the Vegetable Cutlets (Subze Tikee) and the Cashew Coconut Chutney (Kajoo Khopa Chutney) with my dearest friends it was as if we were learning about Veronica, her life and her experiences through these easy to understand recipes. She has appropriately titled this book…as it sheds light on what a food truly means to the heart. - Manraj Singh Pannu: Canada’s Top Sikh Chef

Never before have I cried when reading a cookbook, and I cannot imagine ever doing so again. She introduces...the culinary skills required to execute a perfect meal, everything from tempting a future husband to simple fare, hunting expeditions to birthdays and weddings...Love abounds here, it is no ordinary book, no ordinary fare, and no ordinary culture. It reminds us that even Guru Nanak came home from his travels to tend his fields. - Michele Gibson,

Veronica Sidhu's writing tantalizes the senses and transports the reader to India. The pairing of memoir and menu redefines the very meaning of oral history. - Sheraton Kalouria, former President, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

As a new bride going into a big new family, your recipe book stays close to me at all times, and your recipes truly delight. - Aman

Sidhu has dipped into -- and helped preserve -- a rich culinary tradition that extends back hundreds of years. - Andrew F. Smith, food historian and editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America

One thing that I look for in any good cookbook is detailed recipes that can be reproduced in a home kitchen. The recipes here are clearly described, and can be prepared by someone with little prior experience in learning Indian cooking. I prepared Cheese Squares in Creamy Gravy (Khoa Paneer) for a party at work, and my coworkers simply raved about this recipe.  - J. Baird, Organic Champ

This book will become 'the bible' of Indian cooking! - Carolynn Bridge, a former Betty Crocker and co-owner of Bridge Kitchenware, Manhattan and New Jersey

This is Punjab for you in a nutshell: complete with the sights, smells, sounds, dance, poetry, mysticism AND flavour that is Punjab. Greatly enjoyed this feast for the body and soul! This should be on everyone’s wish list this holiday season. - Harmon Singh

For those who are nervous about cooking with unfamiliar spices, the stories will convince them to try the recipes. Those who find the Punjabi seasonings already familiar will find a treasure trove of easy to follow recipes. - Melissa Keenan

Your book, Menus and Memories from Punjab, is amazing. It captures the essence of Malva culture in a fully deep and comprehensive manner. This book needs to be in every Malvaee home. Thanks for producing such a precious book. - Balwant Singh Sekhon

The pages about preparing meals for special days are sure to warm the reader's heart while inspiring them to make the most of special occasions. A welcome and highly recommended addition to international cookbook shelves. - Midwest Review of Books

Herb and Spice Lecture Review

I can't thank you enough for sharing the food and the various bags of herbs (and spices). I am so new to this style of cooking and feel like a novice but also very excited to try a hand at it. I had tasted Indian cooking before but had been disappointed that the herbs used had overpowered the taste of the food. Your food selections were so delicious and you have now made me realize how true it is - that all Indian cooking is not the same. - Elaine Shaughnessy, Vice-Chairperson, Program Coordinator Herb society of America South Jersey Unit 


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