Jikoni: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from an Immigrant Kitchen (Hardback)Ravinder Bhogal (author)
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Shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Book Awards 2021
Jikoni means 'kitchen' in Kiswahili, a word that perfectly captures Ravinder Bhogal's approach to food. Ravinder was born in Kenya to Indian parents; when she moved to London as a child, the cooking of her new home collided with a heritage that crossed continents. What materialised was a playful approach to the world's larder, and Ravinder's recipes do indeed have a rebellious soul.
They are lawless concoctions that draw their influences from one tradition and then another - Cauliflower Popcorn with Black Vinegar Dipping Sauce; Spicy Aubergine Salad with Peanuts, Herbs and Jaggery Fox Nuts; Skate with Lime Pickle Brown Butter; Tempura Samphire and Nori; Lamb and Aubergine Fatteh; or utterly irresistible Banana Cake accompanied by Miso Butterscotch and Ovaltine Kulfi.
These proudly inauthentic recipes are what you might loosely call 'immigrant cuisine', with evocative stories from a past that illustrates the powerful relationship between food, people, place and identity. The tastes and smells of this brazen new world are sophisticated, welcoming, fresh, exciting and bold.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 1290 g
Dimensions: 246 x 189 mm
'This book is a total joy' - Nigella Lawson
This is a wonderful mess of a book: inventive, fresh and deliciously irreverent. Duck Rendang and Paneer Gnudi with Saag are at the top of my cooking list -- Yotam Ottolenghi
'Crazily, gloriously, life-affirmingly delicious ... homely, warm, kind but inventive (in the best way), rule-bending and thoughtful' - Diana Henry
'Ravinder Bhogal has a brilliant understanding of spicing and pitch perfect taste. Her dishes are the kind that make you sit up and pay attention. She's a true talent' - Jay Rayner, The Observer
'Ravinder Bhogal is a brilliantly inventive cook, and her book displays the full range of her "lawless spirit", in recipes that deliciously combine her culinary heritage with the new possibilities from a global larder' - Salman Rushdie
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