The F-Word by Mita Kapur

Category: Food Narrative
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India

‘CM, I’ll eat salad for dinner, just go easy on the veggies.’

‘But kebabs are meant to be minced mutton, Mom!’

‘Has CM cooked today? If she has, it must be diet food and I’m not eating!’

Constantly badgered by the culinary (and other) demands of her food-obsessed family, CM swings between papad, peanuts and pepperoni every evening. Her beloved raw veggies and fruit salads appear undercover on the menu, and bruschettas are kept on standby in case her daughter throws a fit at the sight of yet another bowl of dal and ‘those bland potatoes!’.

This book is a madcap account of a working woman who spends all day _ and sometimes, most of the night _ juggling family, friends, long-distance phone calls and food. How do you serve up a nutritious yet delicious meal to a large family of individuals of varying ages and with extreme differences in taste? How can you convert a carnivore into a lover of greens? What is the trick to adapting a great-tasting but swimming-in-oil restaurant special so it keeps the punch and loses the grease? And above all, what does a woman do to keep them all _ partner, children, in-laws, pals _ healthy and happy at the same time, without quietly going out of her mind?

A chaotic culinary romp with unexpectedly tender moments, The F-Word is packed with seriously good recipes to suit every taste, however conservative or weird!

The author: Mita Kapur