If you love food and trying new dishes but don’t have much time to experiment in the kitchen, then congratulations, you’re the quintessential millennial. This generation’s connect with food is perhaps the strongest ever, and recognising all these facts, mother-daughter duo, Tanvi and Mira Shah, have put together a new cookbook, ‘The Millennial Kitchen’.
The recipe book seeks to do away with the anguish surrounding the daily question most of us ask ourselves, ‘What’s for dinner?’ The collection of ‘easy recipes for millennials and their mums’ came about as Mira worked her way around her mother’s kitchen, bored and wanting meals that were exciting and nutritious at the same time. The 17-year-old also put together a bonus section, ‘Mira’s weekly meal plan’. This details how the teenager made sure that each meal she eats in a week is interesting, without being unhealthy.
Based in Mumbai, Mira is in high school, and experimenting in her mother’s kitchen has been a passion for a few years now. Tanvi has donned several hats through the years – corporate globetrotter, homemaker, founder of a fabric accessory line, and now co-author of the cookbook.
Aided by her mother, Mira came up with recipes that cater to all food specifications, including vegan, gluten-free, Jain, and so on. From cream-free creamy pasta to Mediterranean rolls to pumpkin hummus, they’ve ensured recipes that can be prepared within minutes. From ‘Party Starters and Cool Platters’ to ‘Meals for One and Two’, you can take your pick based on the size of the party for which you’re cooking. What’s even better is that all the profits from ‘The Millennial Kitchen’ will go to the Akshaya Patra Foundation, an NGO running a mid-day meal programme. Which is only fitting, considering the idea for the book germinated when the duo was making dips & pickles for the charity initiative ‘Cook for a Cause’.
“This is an extremely proud moment for me, both as a mother and as an author. We’ve dedicated ourselves wholly to this book and a lot of love has been slipped between its pages. We hope that our readers enjoy whipping up these dishes at their homes, just as much as we have enjoyed creating them,” said Tanvi. Adds Mira: “It means the world to me to finally launching this book. It’s like a dream come true. With the Akshaya Patra Foundation’s support, I hope that the Millennial Kitchen will help those who need it most.”
If quick, fun, and healthy recipes are what you’re looking for, ‘The Millennial Kitchen’ deserves a spot in your cookbook collection.