about this cookbook

Our family lived in India for several generations before leaving in the late 1940s to return to England.

These are the carefully curated recipes from my grandmother’s notebooks, which she inherited from her own grandmother. She also annotated several cookbooks that were popular at that time.

These recipes cover a period going back to the middle of the 19th century. They reflect both the cuisine of the Raj – which is not as bad as you may think – and the family food eaten by generally well-to-do Indian households.

To be accurate, the recipes here describe the food that was prepared by servant cooks. The history of this remarkable collection is discussed in this section.