In Nirmala’s Kitchen

Everyday World Cuisine

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Nirmala is unique and while I could create an endless list of words to describe her …passionate, full of life, wise, fearless… no words could ever accurately capture her spirit and the joy that she brings to everyone around her when she enters a room.

A friend first introduced me to Nirmala. I remember her calling to say there was an amazing woman she had just met and that I must meet her and try her spices. Needless to say, once I met Nirmala, I was immediately captivated.

Nirmala travels the world and seeks out the exotic. She then brings it home to share and, in doing so, inspires creativity in those around her. For example, she will return from some far-off locale, stop at Le Bernardin and bring me a brand-new spice I have never seen or a new blend that she has created. When she arrives at my kitchen door, she spreads so much positive energy, and everyone is a little bit more excited about their work after her visits.

I believe Nirmala has a special ability to see things a little bit differently than the rest of us, and a true talent for discovering wonderful things that you or I may overlook. We like to refer to her as the Indiana Jones of spices.

When I first had the opportunity to flip through a copy of In Nirmala’s Kitchen, I completely stopped what I was doing. I love this book. What you’ll find in it are wonderful recipes that are exciting and authentic. She has created dishes with unexpected combinations of flavors. You will definitely learn new things…whether it be about technique or the ingredients. Yet the recipes are simple, straightforward and fun to cook.

But what really brings these recipes alive are the stories and photographs from Nirmala’s travels that guide you through the book. Nirmala lives her life like an adventure and in this book she brings you along. It is a real treat and I guarantee you will want to read every word, from the essays at the beginning of each section to the anecdotes from her childhood and travels that accompany the recipes.

This book will inspire you to get into your kitchen and cook and perhaps it just might move you to embark on your own travels. I know it will inspire you as it’s already inspired me.

Eric Ripert
Executive Chef/Co-owner-Le Bernardin
Host Avec Eric, PBS

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“Our food world is colorful, which now embraces Nirmala. With her exotic specialty foods, and now her book… all common threads of the culinary fabric.. Nirmala connects us all. We all wish to nourish those we love and Nirmala has taught us how to do it exceptionally well. Bravo!”

Art Smith
James Beard Humanitarian of the Year

“Narine’s enthusiasm for the countries she visits comes through in her lively descriptions of the people and dishes she has encountered… We’ll gladly travel with her again.”

Carol Mighton Haddix
Chicago Tribune

“Narine’s recipes… are from plantations and street-food stalls from all over the world… reminds me that the world is not outside my door. It is always just inside my door, right here in my kitchen. The book also is pleasurable bedtime reading, a kind of travel diary.

Sylvia Carter
Newsday

“Nirmala Narine is the person for whom the term intrepid traveler was coined…The book is dazzling with great photographs by the author, compelling stories”

James Mellgren
Gourmet Retailer Magazine

“Nirmala Narine is inspired by foods found in world treks and reworked, even reinvented, for American home kitchens.”

Philadelphia Inquirer

we also recommend: nirmala’s edible diary