Winner of the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards
Nominated for the 2018 James Beard awards
Finalist for the IACP Awards
Shortlisted for the NCIBA Book Awards, Best Cookbook
A journey from old traditions to modern Indian cooking with deliciously simple and gut-healing recipes that leave you feeling fulfilledrather than full.
Upon learning that rice and bread were the culprits for her husband’s Type 2 diabetes, Deepa Thomas deconstructed and reinvented her native Indian cuisine. Deepa made anew seventy slow carb recipes, incorporating time-saving Western cooking techniques, breaking-news research on gut health and weight loss, and Ayurvedic wisdoms ("When diet is right, medicine is of no need; and when diet is wrong, medicine is of no use."). After six months of cooking and eating "New Indian," Deepa lost twenty pounds and freed her husband from a ten-year routine of insulin shots.
Part cookbook and memoir, Deepa’s Secrets introduces breakthrough slow carb and gut-healing recipes that are simple and nutrient-packed, without sacrificing its rich South Asian flavors. On a mission to demystify and make healthy an exotic” cuisine, Deepa shares shortcuts and techniques that will make "New Indian" everyday fare. Bold and intimate, Deepa’s Secrets will undoubtedly change your cooking, and quite possibly your life, featuring East-to-West recipes such as:
Ralph’s Garlicky Spinach a la Dal
Ammachi’s Claypot Fish Molee
General Joseph’s Five-Star Chicken Batons
New Indian Cacciatore
The author is donating her royalties to FoodCorps, a nonprofit that connects children to healthy food in American schools.
"Deepa embodies what I tell my patients on a daily basis: we all have the potential to have a vibrant life even when dealing with health challenges. By reinterpreting the most flavorful dishes of her native India and removing the rice and bread, she helped free her husband from 10 years of insulin shots, by stabilizing his blood sugar and improving his health. Deepa's Secrets
is not only filled with delicious, healthy, and healing recipes but with wonderful stories about a colorful and inspiring life. "
—Mark Hyman, MD, author of the #1 bestseller Eat Fat Get Thin; director of Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
"Thomas—spurred by an interest in all things healthy, by a concern for her husband’s dependence on insulin as a type 2 diabetic, and by the ayurvedic proverb “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need”—decided to hunt for
edible foodstuffs sans the bad carbohydrates, with an Indian flavor. . . . In between her secrets (e.g., read labels carefully; maple syrup, for instance, might include sugar) and educational asides (did you know that mace is ground-up nutmeg shells?), she helps readers learn a new culinary language . . . A testimony to the power of perseverance—and patience in assembling all the necessary ingredients, from scratch."
—Booklist, Starred Review
"Thomas had an epiphany about the role these sources of simple carbohydrates played in her husband's diabetes . . . and she shares that epiphany and the recipes it prompted in this solid, informative cookbook. . . . Engaging personal stories combined with artfully scattered notes and hints make this book reminiscent of the earliest Moosewood Cookbook in its tone and inviting narrative."
“They’re no longer secrets! Home cooks and professional chefs will be inspired to use Deepa’s original, simple methods for harnessing complex flavors to create amazing tastes.”
—Srijith Gopinathan, executive chef of two-Michelin starred Taj Campton Place
“Deepa’s story takes us further: to a world where amazing things are possible, and to a world-view where we are empowered to not just follow recipes for joy, love and wellbeing, but to create them.”
—Curt Ellis, CEO, FoodCorps
“This not just another ‘cookbook’ . . . We owe Deepa a bouquet of gratitude for her comprehensive and informative treatise.”
—Dr. Joan Fallon, founder and CEO of Curemark
"Deepa's journey is one of great joy and compassion. Your life will be enriched for knowing her.”
—Susan Dryfoos, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker
"As soon as Deepa Thomas discovered the culprits [of diabetes—rice and bread], she dwelt into six months of cooking and eating “New Indian.” The result? The author of this well-written, invaluable book lost 20 pounds and freed her [husband] from a 10-year routine of insulin shots."
"There is the old adage that you can either eat to live or live to eat. By following the recipes and using healthy ingredients mentioned in Deepa’s Secrets, you can have the best of both worlds. With its rich pictures and lavish design, this visual cookbook with healing recipes is a must have for every coffee table—except that this book is more likely to be dog eared at the kitchen table."
Deepa Thomas was born and raised in New Delhi. She founded Deepa Textiles, a $10-million enterprise that won twenty-three design awards. In 2010, she embraced a newfound passion in cooking. She lives in San Francisco, California.