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Return to the Rivers: Chef Vikas Khanna’s culinary journey to the Himalayas

Return to the Rivers, Chef Vikas Khanna’s new book, has foreword by the Dalai Lama

Updated: January 13, 2014 5:04:27 pm
Vikas Khanna's new book will cost Rs 2,275 Vikas Khanna’s new book will cost Rs 2,275

Vikas Khanna, the Michelin-starred chef of Indian origin, is out with his new book Return to the Rivers: Recipes and Memories of the Himalayan River Valleys. Besides a collection of recipes, the book is rich in content with photographs and narratives essaying Khanna’s memories from the Himalayan regions he explored.

With a foreword by The Dalai Lama, the book covers Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, Northern India, Myanmar, Western China and Pakistan and is now listed on and Priced at Rs 2,275, the imported version of it is also available on

Chef Khanna, who has penned 13 books in total, has Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn as a contributor to this venture.
The 444-page book (hardcover) by the popular MasterChef India host has reviewers praising it for its “simple and appealing” dishes, “visually stunning with amazing photos”, “rich narratives” and “first-hand account of the beautiful history and culture of the Himalayan people”.

Lake Isle Press, the publisher, says on its website Khanna has done all the food and travel photography himself, as in his previous book Flavors First, and that the inspiration for his journey through the Himalayan river valleys was a chance meeting with the Dalai Lama. A 2012 blog post on the site describes the behind-the- scenes process of making the cookbook during its manuscript phase.

“In the interest of authenticity, I have tried to preserve most of the recipes the way I found them and only made slight adjustments to make it possible to recreate them in a Western kitchen. My desire was to document mostly what average people are actually eating on a daily basis,” the blog post on quotes Khanna as saying in the manuscript.

“If you can’t make a trip to the majestic Himalayas, I am bringing a piece of their culture, their cuisine and their flavours to your kitchens, to your lives,” Khanna says in a promotional video on YouTube.

The chef is also set to launch another book, Bliss of Spices, at the Jaipur Literature Festival on January 19.

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