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Ashia’s Table

Family Recipes from India and beyond

Ashia’s Table
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8.0 X 10.0 in
224 pg

COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / Indian & South Asian
COOKING / Comfort Food


Authentic Indian recipes that are simple and totally doable. Ashia’s Table features well-known traditional Indian dishes alongside a selection of exciting new dishes based on Indian flavors and textures, all of which can be easily made at home.


“A joy to cook from as well as to read, this is a great addition to any cookbook collection … exquisite photography … recipes are simple, filled with comfort, and easy to execute … Fans of Indian cuisine will love the rice dishes, robust chutneys, and many vegetarian options, like pea and paneer curry and mung dhal. Ismail-Singer’s observation that home is wherever family is reflects the beauty of her recipes and her life journey.” - Booklist

“[A] heartfelt tribute and solid introduction to Indian cooking. Food writer Ismail-Singer ably proves that ‘Indian food does not have to be complicated’ in this excellent debut packed with simple yet satisfying recipes inspired by her heritage. A descendant of Memon Muslims in western India … many of the dishes on offer… showcase a tantalizing blend of traditions … Thanks to her straightforward instructions, even those less versed in cooking Indian cuisine will find her recipes—including those for more time-consuming dishes such as chicken biryani and gulab jamun (fried dough balls soaked in syrup)—easy to execute.” - Publishers Weekly

“[A]n an excellent book for those willing to try fusion Indian cuisine.” - San Francisco Book Review

Author Bio

Ashia Ismail-Singer is of Memon heritage, from the Gujarat region of India. She was raised in Malawi and the UK and now lives in New Zealand. One of four sisters, food has always played a big part in her life and she believes it is one of life’s simplest and greatest pleasures. Ashia was taught to cook by her mother, learning the traditional Indian way—without shortcuts. But she has since simplified and adapted recipes, combining influences from other countries she lived in or visited. She is a regular contributor to several food and lifestyle magazines and writes regularly for New Zealand House & Garden. Ashia lives in Auckland with her family, and works as a school nurse. Ashia’s Table is her first cookbook.