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Mridula Baljekar

Award-winning cookery writer, Mridula Baljekar is the best-selling author of many Indian cookery books, including the Low Fat Indian Vegetarian Cooking, Fat Free Indian Cooking and Real Fast Indian Food. She was born and raised in North East India and when she moved to England she turned her childhood passion for cooking into a highly successful career.

When Mridula moved to England, she qualified as a PA and worked for a Director of a Merchant bank in the heart of Londons financial institution. Mridula soon turned her attention to the subject she has always been passionate about and began teaching Indian cookery at the local Adult Education Institute. Her students were delighted with her recipes and encouraged her to write her own book. The result was THE COMPLETE INDIAN COOKBOOK which sold nearly a million copies worldwide.

Mridula wrote many best-selling cookery books since then and her latest, GREAT INDIAN FEASTS, published in 2005 was voted the Best Asian Cuisine Cookbook in the World by Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in May 2006. It also won Cookery Book of the Year in the same year.

Mridulas food is described in the media as Heaven on Earth for the senses, Route to spice heaven, and traditional Indian cuisine with a brilliant modern twist. Mridulas food attracted the attention of politicians and celebrities alike. She catered to a garden party in No. 10 Downing Street and a private dinner party for Jerry Hall.