My friend, Ammini Ramachandran, has a new cookbook that I highly recommend, called Grains, Greens, and Grated Coconut: Recipes and Remembrances of a Vegetarian Legacy. Following is the foreword which I wrote for her.
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In this richly flavored book on the household cooking of Kerala and its many vegetarian marvels, Ammini Ramachandran takes us into a journey that even tour guides driving you through Kerala’s many vistas would be unable to share. How fortunate and blessed I feel to be able to introduce and perpetuate this brilliance. These are recipes gathered over a long, heartfelt, and celebrated lifetime. That Ammini calls Dallas, Texas, her home should be no surprise; hers is a passion and respect for the native land that only someone living outside of it can have. Lucky for us!