My name is Komali Nunna. I live in Camarillo, CA. I just wrote and published a book called Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen. I am a scientist by profession. This book has evolved from my passion for cooking, decorating and entertaining. I have had the opportunity to learn the art of entertaining and the privilege to host many parties over the past 25 years. You will see my love for cooking, entertaining and decorating throughout the book. For me, cooking is an art, decorating a craft and entertaining a passion. Whether it is creating a culinary feast or decorating a dazzling table, I do it with the same passion and zeal.
This book is a product of my rich and diverse experiences of both Indian and American cultures. It gives guidelines for entertaining with a touch of class and authenticity. My book is a fusion of Eastern philosophy with Western style.
I feel inspired to entertain non-Indian guests with Indian food and décor to give them a glimpse of Indian culture and a taste of Indian food. As part of my repertoire, I have been teaching Indian cooking lessons for Indians as well as non-Indians. A local newspaper wrote articles about me as the Indian Martha Stewart. I am currently in the process of setting up a professional relationship to teach at the Ojai Culinary Institute.
After 25 years of enthusiastically entertaining my guests, inspired by the zeal to introduce Indian food, culture, traditions and the art of entertaining with an Indian theme to worldwide audiences, I have ventured to share my time-tested sumptuous recipes and my ideas on the finer aspects of entertaining. It is not just a cookbook, it is an entertaining book and a coffee table book as well.
My goal is to provide customers with unique recipes and entertaining ideas that they can successfully reproduce in their own kitchens. My goal is to revolutionize American eating habits with the health benefits of spices and plant protein rather than too much meat and fat.
The menus are put together in this book, which makes it very user-friendly. None of the other Indian cookbooks address this concept.
This book not only has divine recipes but it gives the guidelines on entertaining as well. Note that the common denominator is the Indian cuisine and each chapter is supported by a different theme with different table setting ideas and how to create a memorable ambiance each time you entertain. This book will show the reader how to wow the guests each time you entertain.
My cookbook provides the recipes from India and entertaining ideas along with wine pairing (as you know, pairing Indian food with wine is not an easy task). This book, rather than concentrating on a specific geographic region of India like many other cookbooks, is a compilation of recipes from regions all over India. In addition, I have menus from both Indian holidays and American holidays. The American recipes are given an Indian flair.
This is a cookbook, entertaining book and coffee table book all in one. It is a 320-page hardbound book with over 260 luscious photographs. The book also includes a lot of my childhood memoirs from growing up in India. This book will make the most beautiful coffee table book to salivate your taste buds and stimulate your mind with Indian culture and traditions.
Please check out my website, komalinunna.com, for more information about my book.