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APB Food Book Club’s first anniversary celebrated at Title Waves Bandra
Tuesday, 20 December, 2016, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal, in partnership with, celebrated the first anniversary of the APB Food Book Club at Title Waves Book Store, Bandra.

It featured a panel discussion on the future of cookbooks in India. It was moderated by columnist and food writer Vikram Doctor. The panellists included Ghildiyal, Debasri Rakshit, senior commissioning editor, Harper Collins, and chefs Varun Inamdar and Ranveer Brar.

A topic discussed by the panel was Are food books still relevant? Information was shared about cookbooks in regional languages and by small publishers and self-published authors. These included Anna He Apoornabrahma (a book on Dalit cuisine) and Ragi Ragini (a book on ragi traditions and recipes).

The panel also spoke about the relevance of food styling, illustrations over images and the need for streamlining content. A wish for collaborative cookbooks was expressed, and the conclusion was that cookbooks were still relevant.

However, they concurred that the need of the hour were lesser titles with content that was strong on quality and relevant to specific audiences.

The event was attended by chef Saransh Goila and food bloggers Nikhil Merchant, Romi Purkayastha, Perzen Patel, Zinia Irani (Branded Bawi), Pooja Khanna, Disha Khurana, Ananya Banerjee and Shilpa Chawla of Khao Pio Local.

It concluded with a high tea comprising recipes from some of the books that were featured in the food book club events that took place during the year.

These included Nani’s date cake from A Pinch of This, A Handful of That by Ghildiyal, curry puffs and Ophelia’s Christmas cake from A Grandmother’s Legacy by Jenny Mallin, Anzac cookies from Planet Gastronomy by Banerjee, and corn chaat muffins and mini apple tarts by Tanvi Maniar of Fleur de Lys Patisserie. Di Bella provided tea and coffee.

The APB Food Book Club will partner with Pan Macmillan India to launch Monisha Bharadwaj’s The Indian Cookery Course at 5:30pm on December 20, 2016 at Title Waves Book Store.
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