Nirmala’s Edible Diary

A Hungry Traveler’s Cookbook with
Recipes from 14 Countries

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Join beautiful and adventurous Nirmala Narine—“the Indian Jones of Spices”—as she scours the South American countryside in search of the perfect spices for her thriving business, Nirmala’s Kitchen. Take a front row seat as she eats her way from Rio to Santiago to Quito to Buenos Aires. Cool down with an icy lime drink in the blazing noon sun in a dusty Brazilian favela. Float down the Rio Paraguay on a slow boat: the chef on board makes a killer beef empanada. Inhale a crispy snack of Corn Cakes with Blackberry Compote as if you, too, just hiked to breathe in the mist of Angel Falls, the world’s tallest free falling waterfall.

Nirmala’s Edible Dairy is your passport not only to the ancient ruins and vibrant cities of South America, but also its bustling street markets and welcoming home kitchens. Sprinkled throughout you’ll find more than 70 authentic recipes for tantalizing stews, juicy drinks, and inviting sweets. Tropical drinks such as Sugarcane, Fig, and Basil Vodka and Guava Pisco Sour will whet your appetite. Classics of French cuisine come with a Latin twist from Nirmala’s French Guianese auntie, Taro Coconut Milk, and Cardamom Vichyssoise and Croquembouche with Rum Coconut are a cross-cultural adventure in the kitchen. Quinoa with Duck Breast Paella makes the perfect dinner party centerpiece, Sweet Potato Donuts are the sweetest sweets you’ll ever meet.

With more than 100 vivid photographs of the foods, people, and breathtaking natural beauty that make South America a stunning travel destination, as well as dozens of delicious notes from Nirmala’s amazing travels, you can experience exotic lands from the comfort of your armchair. Nirmala captures the flavor and excitement
of South America, and brings it home to you!

bolivia papaya cocktail
bolivia: papaya cocktail
Posted 1346 days ago

Photo Credit Diana Delucia.

bolivia:  papaya cocktail
suriname african-style baked coo-coo
suriname: african-style baked coo-coo
Posted 1348 days ago

Photo Credit Diana Delucia.

suriname: african-style baked coo-coo
paraguay empanadas rio paraguay-style
paraguay: empanadas rio paraguay-style
Posted 1348 days ago

Photo Credit Diana Delucia.

paraguay: empanadas rio paraguay-style
venezuela pumpkin & string bean salad
venezuela: pumpkin & string bean salad
Posted 1349 days ago

Photo Credit Diana Delucia.

venezuela: pumpkin & string bean salad
peru picarones {sweet potato donuts}
peru: picarones {sweet potato donuts}
Posted 1350 days ago

Photo Credit Diana Delucia.

peru: picarones {sweet potato donuts}
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Food & Wine Test 3
Bon Appetit
Posted 1378 days ago

Sunday Suppers
“Fusion-style dinner that
comes together easily."

 

Bon Appetit
Food & Wine
Food & Wine
Posted 1380 days ago

Best Gifts of the Year
“World Traveler—our favorite new cookbook—with vivid photographs and more than 70 recipes based on classics from 14 South American countries, Nirmala Narine's latest is both travelogue and cookbook”

Food & Wine
Food & Wine Test 2
Better Homes & Gardens
Posted 1380 days ago

Food Gatherings
"Party flavor—Serve a real all-America—takes ideas from North and South"

Better Homes & Gardens
Hello Canada
Hello Canada
Posted 1380 days ago

Warmed by Soup and Spices
“Every chapter reads like an informative diary, outlining a country's essential ingredients and cultural rituals—cooking techniques used in Nirmala’s Edible Diary are relatively simple and most ingredients can be found in Canadian Supermarkets. This cookbook is a delight to the eyes and imaginations as well as the palate."

Hello Canada
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