A new cookbook from the star of Netflix's Chef's Table and one of the world's most prominent female chefs
Heart-warming and full of comforting aromatic Indian flavors: Indian food from home, cooked with heart
Ammu is a collection of recipes from Asma Khan’s childhood, her Indian family kitchen. It is a celebration of where she comes from, of home cooking, and the inextricable link between food and love. It is also a chance for Asma to honor her ammu—mother—and to share with us the recipes that made her and rooted her to home.
This book is a joyful celebration of memories of food, and its power to heal, restore, and comfort. It includes her ammu's comfort food from childhood, the recipes with which she was taught to cook, celebratory food for special occasions, and slow-cooked recipes passed through the generations of her family.
The recipes and the memories she shares all possess something that is universal: food is a way for us to have this conversation about how similar we all are—how it connects us and unites us beyond differing appearances, accents, races and backgrounds.
With stunning food and family photos, this cookbook is a must-have for cooks and lovers of Indian food.
About the Author
Asma Khan is chef and restaurateur of London’s acclaimed Darjeeling Express, which began as a supper club, then a pop-up, before settling in its permanent location to wide acclaim. Asma’s food is homage to her royal Mughlai ancestry and the busy streets of Calcutta, where she grew up. An all-women team of housewives runs the kitchen at Darjeeling Express, which has been featured in Time Out, Harper’s Bazaar, the Guardian, and numerous others. In 2015, it was named as one of the best restaurants in London by the Evening Standard. In 2017, Eater named it as one of its most impressive restaurant newcomers. Asma stars in Netflix’s award-winning series Chef’s Table.
“[A] delightful collection of personal recipes sure to entice lovers of Indian food … Khan cooks from the heart, and her appetizing dishes and expert guidance are not to be missed.” — Publishers Weekly
“A celebration of heritage and culture that makes a feast out of every meal.” — Woman & Home magazine
“Asma is a force of nature: bold, funny, talented, philanthropic and unstoppable.” — Evening Standard
Named one of BookRiot's Most Anticipated and Best Cookbooks 2022
“Chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author Khan (Asma's Indian Kitchen, 2018) takes readers on a walk down memory lane as she presents her family life, the foods her mother made for her, and the food she enjoys cooking as a mother herself … The recipes—which are easy to follow and mostly accompanied by tempting photography—include mouthwatering dishes such as aloo bonde (potato balls) … and mini lamb koftas with mint-yogurt dip. Showing readers the connection between food and love, this book is highly recommended for families that cook together and beginner chefs seeking to recreate their own joys of enjoying food with family.” — Booklist
“Paying homage to Khan’s Calcutta childhood, this cookbook takes readers on the personal food journey of the chef and restaurateur … Khan’s enchanting memories and stories make her tasty recipes come to life … Fans of Khan will enjoy this glimpse at her culinary inspiration and will feel the loving embrace that food symbolized during her childhood. The cookbook also serves as a great introduction to Indian cuisine and to Khan, as to cook from this book is to know her.” — Library Journal
“[A] sumptuous salute to her Indian heritage with recipes and stories … Khan’s menus, technical guidance, and soulful stories make this outing a pleasure every step of the way. The result is a delectable homage to a rich culture and its food.” — Publishers Weekly
“Asma Khan pays homage to her ammu, or mother, in this celebration of Indian home cooking. The star of Chef’s Table is known for her popular London restaurant; this book takes things back to Khan’s culinary roots, to emphasize that while her mother didn’t cook in restaurants, her prowess remained unparalleled when it came to shaping Khan’s culinary point of view.” — Food 52’s Cookbooks We Can’t Wait For in 2022
“ Ammu, which translates to mother, is filled with the Indian home cooking that swaddles you like a warm hug … [It] is a cookbook worth treating like a novel, starting from the first page and reading every single word as you go. Khan is an incredible storyteller, weaving in touching personal details that will make you feel as if you were standing there right next to her in her journeys ….” — Food & Wine, Best Cookbooks for Spring 2022
“From the star of Chef’s Table, Ammu honors Asma Khan’s family and her mother in particular, with recipes and personal recollections of food from her childhood. By sharing family recipes and memories, this cookbook celebrates the power of food to bring people together as an expression of love.” — Book Riot’s Most Anticipated and Best Cookbooks of 2022
“A hot new cookbook… The food is warming, comforting, and fairly simple…” — Bon Appétit, 18 Stellar Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Mom
“This book mirrors the author’s cooking journey … personal and intimate, gentle and full of love … Recipes are stunningly photographed, and well-written, paying attention to minute yet essential details … There are dishes for special occasions as well as casual meals. The book is a beautiful tribute, like an autobiography of the author’s relationship with her mother, built around recipes. Reading it and cooking from it are both a delight.” — San Francisco Book Review