Manish Mehrotra to Star with Shobhaa De at Jaipur Lit Fest Launch of Indian Accent Restaurant Cookbook
WHEN Manish Mehrotra joined New Era Public School, Mayapuri, in Class XI, his new schoolmates would pull his leg for speaking like a Bihari. A newbie from Patna, Mehrotra had no option but to stomach the insults.
On January 21, his old tormentors will be eating crow, for the boy they laughed at for his accented Hindi, will be the second chef, after Vikas Khanna in 2014, to release a cookbook at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the highbrow congregation of the stars of world literature. Now busy opening Indian Accent in New York (and getting to know all about how difficult the New York restaurant scene can get with its aggressive unions and finicky city inspectors), Manish will be flying in for a day for the book release by Shobhaa De. The restaurant, by the way, is on Gotham Magazine‘s is on the exclusive list of eight to ‘Add to Your 2016 Foodie Bucket List.
The Indian Accent Restaurant Cookbook demystifies the ‘Inventive Indian’ cooking style that Manish, who was originally trained in Thai cuisine under the tutelage of Ananda Solomon, has perfected in his culinary laboratory with the support of his employer and mentor, Rohit Khattar, the man behind Old World Hospitality. Manish joined the company in 2000 when, after being rejected by ITC (like Vikas Khanna!), he landed a job at Oriental Octopus, India Habitat Centre, where he first attracted attention for his khao suey.
The cookbook, according to its blurb, showcases “a unique amalgamation of the freshest local produce and home-style nostalgic tastes using unusual ingredients from across the world”. It goes on to quote Mehrotra as saying he is inspired by Rick Stein because “he prepares out-of-the-world recipes that are not fancy, but are delicious”. Mukesh and Nita Ambani‘s favourite chef says he loves watching movies and cricket matches, and cooking for his eight-year-old daughter Adah, “who is a foodie and loves prawns”. The coffee-table volume, published by Penguin and priced at Rs 3,499, is embellished with the photographs of Rohit Chawla.