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Wednesday, November 23, 2011


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I just got word that my copy of Masala Farm has shipped--I'm very excited! I, too, have had a life-changing experience cooking from American Masala and Indian Home Cooking. Suvir truly bridges the gap between my Midwestern meat-and-potatoes (and cheese!) upbringing and food that as he says, "dances on the palate." Other cookbooks and chefs have always intimidated me; Suvir's cookbooks invite me into his kitchen and lure me into trying things I never would have thought of before. I HIGHLY recommend American Masala and Indian Home Cooking for newbies like me and for vets like Tom.

Raquel Pelzel

What a lovely post, Tom! I am always touched by stories of happenstance...Suvir and Charlie are indeed a catalyst of a couple. If only everyone had one-tenth of their passion, generosity, and kindness! Your outdoor kitchen looks incredible! What a feast you must have had.

xxRaquel Pelzel

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