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My Two Souths : Blending the Flavors of India Into a Southern Kitchen
by Asha Gomez and Martha Hall Foose


Overview - 2017 The Gourmand Awards National Winner: BEST INDIAN CUISINE

2017 James Beard Award Nominee

2017 Winner, Food 52's The Piglet Award

My Two Souths takes you on a culinary journey with Chef Asha Gomez, from her small village in the Kerala region of southern India to her celebrated restaurants in Atlanta, and on into your kitchen.  Read more...


 
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Overview
2017 The Gourmand Awards National Winner: BEST INDIAN CUISINE

2017 James Beard Award Nominee

2017 Winner, Food 52's The Piglet Award

My Two Souths takes you on a culinary journey with Chef Asha Gomez, from her small village in the Kerala region of southern India to her celebrated restaurants in Atlanta, and on into your kitchen. Her singular recipes are rooted in her love of Deep-South cooking, as well as the Southern Indian flavors of her childhood home. These "Two Souths" that are close to her heart are thousands of miles apart, yet share similarities in traditions, seasonings, and most importantly, an abiding appreciation of food as both celebration and comfort. Here she shares more than 125 recipes, including: Black Cardamom Smothered Pork Chop, Vivid Tomato and Cheese Pie, Kerala Fried Chicken and Waffles, Three Spice Carrot Cake.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780762457830
  • ISBN-10: 076245783X
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 288
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds


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Whether it’s Southern flavor with Indian flair or Indian flavor with Southern flair, the soul-satisfying recipes in My Two Souths: Blending the Flavors of India into a Southern Kitchen are the perfect example of what fusion cooking can and should be. Author and chef Asha Gomez grew up in Kerala in Southern India but has considered Atlanta her adopted hometown for over 15 years. As a curious, intuitive cook, she thinks of her cooking as an evolving conversation between the cuisines of the American South and the Indian South. The bold, bright results of this delicious dialogue, seasoned with Gomez’s carefully crafted instructions and served with lively header notes, are here for all of us to share. Try Puffy Ginger Hoecakes for breakfast and go on to Quick Tellicherry Buttermilk Biscuits or Cardamom Cornbread topped with Tomato Clove Preserves. For a real showstopper, cook up Kerala Fried Chicken and golden-crusted Low Country Rice Waffles with Spicy Syrup and a mango-infused Colonial Trifle. Two Souths are better than one!

 

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