Delight in Nancy Khosa’s Scrumptious Saffron Plate

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Kashmir Cuisine and its history, delectably presented in new Xlibris picture book.

the impetus for writing this cookbook emanated from a desire to preserve authentic Kashmir Hindu cuisine for the youth and coming generations.

Nearly three hundred thousand Kashmiri Hindus suffered an internal exodus in 1989 and none of them have been able to go back in the last twenty years. Most of these people have settled in various parts of the globe and their eating habits have had to merge with those of the host communities. Since most of the recipes for foods individuals eat and cook have been passed down to generations by word of mouth, author Nancy Khosa thinks time has come for penning down these recipes while people still remember them. In her new picture book, Saffron Plate, she superbly describes traditional mouth-watering Kashmiri Pandit cuisine in detail while intriguing readers of its rich colorful history.

Aside from a smorgasbord of flavor-packed dishes that could satisfy every craving, this book traces the history of origin of most of the ingredients used for various recipes. Filled with images that brilliantly capture heavenly edibles, this can also serve as a reference book for anyone interested in the history of food. It also describes various influences on Kashmir cuisine from across the borders with neighboring countries such as India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Tibet, and China since the time of Nilmata Purana (6th century AD) to current time. As Khosa would say, “the impetus for writing this cookbook emanated from a desire to preserve authentic Kashmir Hindu cuisine for the youth and coming generations.”

With so many tasty entrees to try, recipes in Saffron Plate are simple and trouble-free that even the novice would never have a hard time; they could just concentrate on being instant chefs in their own kitchens. This book will be featured at this year’s Frankfurt International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany on October 6 to 10, 2010. For more information, log on to

About the Author
Nancy Khosa is a retired obstetrician-gynecologist. Born and educated in Kashmir, India, she immigrated to England in 1979, where she completed her specialist training. She lived and practiced in England until 1993 when she accompanied her husband to the United States. She now lives in Philadelphia with her family. Her hobbies include cooking, entertaining, gardening, and growing her own herbs and vegetables. Kashmir cuisine is one of her favorite cuisines. She also likes Italian, French, Indian, and English cuisine.

Saffron Plate * by Nancy Khosa
Kashmiri Cuisine with a Historic Perspective
Publication Date: December 30, 2009
Picture Book; $46.99; 150 pages; 978-1-4415-9486-0
Picture Book Hardcover; $56.99; 150 pages; 978-1-4415-9487-7

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