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The Heavenly Abode A Culinary Trail into the Foods of Uttarakhand

Author Name: Smriti Hari, Ashu Jain | Format: Hardcover | Genre : Cooking, Food & Wine | Other Details

Uttarakhand, one of the northern states of India, holds a rich and exquisite blend of culture and tradition. The north-western part of the state is a picturesque setting with rivers lakes, valleys, snow peaks and wild forests providing an ideal habitat for both animals and man. The people living in the mountains here are accustomed to the Pahadi lifestyle and resort to the local produce for food, shelter and livelihood. Legend has it that the noblest sages and saints have taken abode here in their quest for higher spiritual knowledge and internal peace. Uttarakhand is also popularly known as ‘The Land of the Gods’.

Having said this, we step out on a journey into The Heavenly Abode to explore and savour the cuisine and food customs of Uttarakhand.

This culinary food trail brings us to the divine land of the Himalayas where persists these traditional yet basic recipes, cooked over wood fire or charcoal which helps retain additional nutritional qualities, with the added advantage of enhanced flavour.

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Smriti Hari, Ashu Jain

Smriti Hari is a baker, food enthusiast and the founder of ‘Chocobean’, a company producing scrumptious desserts and exquisite customised cakes. She achieved a place in the Limca Book of Records for making 551 different varieties of vadas. Her passion for food and love for cooking has seen her win numerous prestigious competitions and led to recognition from Chef Sanjeev Kapoor and Chef Vikas Khanna, amongst others. Smriti writes about the native cuisine and culinary traditions of this region. She takes an active part in the annual ‘Uttarakhand Food Festival’ held in Mussoorie.

Ashu Jain was born and brought up in the pristine environment of Jaberkhet in Mussoorie. She is an MBA in Finance by education, has worked in organising international sporting events such as CWG Delhi 2010, LUGOC Goa. An avid cook herself with a vast knowledge of local ingredients and Garwhali culture, her passion made her conceptualise the idea of opening the first café which would serve the best traditional Uttarakhand cuisine in the town by the name Hills E Ishq Café, in Jaberkhet, Mussoorie, in 2015. The café is popular for serving renditions of Pahadi food native to the region, which includes a special 'Authentic Garwhali Thali' and stinging nettle kebab which was awarded the first prize in Uttarakhand Food Festival by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. 

Joydeep Das is a photographer by profession and a foodie by passion who loves to explore various cuisines both on his plate and in the kitchen – particularly Indian fare. His love for visual imagery and food finds common ground in this book as he captures the regional cuisine of Uttarakhand in his signature style. 

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