Madhur Jaffrey on how Indian cuisine won Western taste buds

Madhur Jaffrey, a.k.a. the godmother of Indian cooking, joins Shad to discuss her latest cookbook and her winding path to culinary stardom.

Madhur Jaffrey has been called the Julia Child of Indian cuisine and the godmother of Indian cooking — but she doesn't even call herself a chef. (She says she chops too slowly.)

Jaffrey joins Shad to discuss her latest cookbook, Vegetarian India: A Journey Through The Best of Indian Home Cooking, and how bad food in Britain started her along an unlikely path to culinary stardom.  

She also reflects on her career as a frequently typecast actress, and why she doesn't value "hipness" where food is concerned. 

"I don't trust trends. I say time is the best trend. Because then it's a matter of survival," she tells Shad. "If you eat too much butter chicken, you're dead." 

WEB EXTRA | If you've never seen Jaffrey on TV, here's an episode from the archives. In it, she cooks a now familiar dish: Tandoori chicken. 


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