Part travelogue, part recipe repository, part diary, India on My Platter best reflects its author, Saransh Goila’s, various hats, or toques if you will, of chef, writer and TV presenter. So when Goila travelled 10,000 km across the country for a cooking show, the next logical step was obviously documenting the journey and the food cooked and eaten during the trip. And so, India on My Platter charts a slightly haphazard course across our nation (this is India after all, land of the detours), visiting both culinary hotspots as well as exploring esoteric edibles.
The book’s hallmark is its simplicity. It’s not the work of a gourmand, nor that of a knowledgeable food critic. It’s also one of the reasons why the book flags. The author could have delved deeper into the cultures of the myriad cuisines he explores for a finer documentation.
Instead, we find a dewy-eyed (and superficial) look at some of the country’s culinary foundations, be it that of Rajasthan or of West Bengal. Goila eschews fine dining establishments and explores akharas (wrestling boot camps) and roadside dhabas with a passion, but doesn’t bother to go the whole hog. It could have been an exciting trip. Sadly, there are only a handful of recipes to make up for the let-down.
India On My Platter
Author: Saransh Goila
Publisher: Om Books International