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Madhur Jaffrey

Cookbook author, actress, and world authority on Indian cuisine

  • About Madhur Jaffrey

    Regarded by many as the world authority on Indian food, Madhur Jaffrey is an award-winning actress and bestselling cookbook author. Her classic first book, An Invitation to Indian Cooking, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1973, and she has gone on to write more than 15 other books. Her memoir, Climbing the Mango Trees, is both an enormously appealing account of a childhood in India and a testament to the power of food to prompt memory, vividly bringing to life a lost time and place.

    Jaffrey is a dynamic and generous speaker who will add spice and wisdom to any event. Her newest cookbook, At Home with Madhur Jaffrey, makes it possible for anyone to enjoy the delectable flavors of Indian cuisine with simple dishes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. By deconstructing age-old techniques, she opens the world of Indian cooking to anyone who wants to incorporate seemingly exotic dishes into everyday meals.

    Madhur Jaffrey has been named to the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America by the James Beard Foundation—six of her books have won James Beard Awards—and she was the host of a series, Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery, for BBC television. As an actress she has appeared in more than twenty films, including Merchant Ivory’s Heat and Dust. Her latest film is Today’s Special (2009), co-starring Aasif Mandvi.

  • Speaking Topics

    Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India

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    Madhur was just wonderful in every aspect of her visit to Pittsburgh. She was a pistol at the podium—the audience adored her talk—and so gracious to everyone she met.

    Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
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