Madhur Jaffrey’s books taught me not only to cook, but to write. A tip for beginner - try her simply spiced potatoes recipe For generations, Indian women have learned to cook by watching their mothers cooking at the stove. In my family, it was different. My mum didn’t want me to be a housewife, so she’d kick me out of the kitchen and up the stairs to do my homework. She wanted me to be independent and not have to worry about money. The studying did pay off. At 18 I left for university – but there were two problems. I had become desperately homesick for mum’s food and I could barely roll a chapati. I knew I needed to head home and learn by standing at her side.
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