Food Is Love: Plant-Based Indian-Inspired Recipes to Feel Joy and Connection (Hardcover)

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Explore the powerful connection between how you feel and what you eat in this inspired cookbook from acclaimed chef and Food Network champion Palak Patel.

Have you ever experienced tears of gratitude and joy after eating something? Received a kiss from a dessert that left you breathless? Tasted something so reminiscent that it brought you right back to a moment in time from your childhood?

Food can nourish us physically, but cooking and eating are also ways of connecting with our loved ones, expressing our affection for others, caring for ourselves, and celebrating life. For chef Palak Patel, cooking is the ultimate act of love. Born and raised in India and trained at the French Culinary Institute, Palak is inspired by her heritage and global travels. In Food is Love, she invites us to take a journey through the emotional landscape of food with plant-based, Indian-inspired recipes organized by the feelings they evoke: from joy and comfort, to nostalgia and love.

Do you want to express care? Are you feeling happy? Or do you want to experience inspiration?  Perhaps you’re in need of comfort? Whatever your mood, and whatever you’re craving, you’ll find ample recipes to try in this beautiful vegan cookbook, such as: 

  • Braised Vegetable Dal
  • Garlic Naan
  • Punjabi Kadhi
  • Pea and Pistachio Falafel
  • Roasted Butternut Squash with Makani Sauce
  • Leek and Potato Chickpea Frittata
  • Roasted Vindaloo Mushroom Wraps
  • Omani Lime Almond Cookies
  • Spiced Caramel Rice Pudding
  • Peach Cardamom Buttermilk Cake
  • Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie

Reawaken your love of food as you indulge in recipes that are as nourishing for your body as they are for your soul.

About the Author

Palak Patel is a classically trained chef, host, owner of Dash & Chutney restaurant, and two-time winner of Food Network’s famed shows Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay. A TEDx speaker, Palak has made on-camera appearances on the TODAY show, Epicurious, Food Network Digital, Food52 and Good Day Atlanta, and has been featured in Huffington PostPeopleWomen’s HealthThrive GlobalEpicuriousBon Appetit, and the Los Angeles Times, among many others. Palak made the cover of Atlanta’s Simply Buckhead magazine as a rising star to watch in 2021 and beyond. To learn more, visit

Praise For…

 “I know firsthand how delicious Palak Patel’s food is. She easily bested me in the Beat Bobby Flay arena with her famous chicken curry. Reading through these recipes will make your mouth water, with her vibrant spices and plant-based ingredients. This book will make it into the Sunday night rotation in my kitchen for sure.”
-Bobby Flay

“Patel digs deep into Indian cuisine in this nutritious outing. Patel’s recipes showcase her inventiveness. . . her curiosity. . . and her light touch in fusing different culinary traditions. . . There are plenty of gems here.” — Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063320642
ISBN-10: 0063320649
Publisher: Harvest
Publication Date: May 7th, 2024
Pages: 280
Language: English