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Cookbook Confidential: Spice It Up with Cyrus Todiwala and Chetna Makan

Wednesday 1st June 2016 7pm - 8:30pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Signing, Chargeable Event

Is your cooking in a rut? Then maybe it’s time for a spice infusion.  Join spice experts Cyrus Todiwala and Chetna Makan as they talk about simple ways to use spices to jazz up your cooking. They’ll discuss some of their favourite spices, how to use them in cooking and ways to combine spices for maximum effect.   



Cyrus Todiwala OBE, DL, was born in Bombay and rose to become Executive Chef of the Taj Group of hotels in India. Looking for a new challenge, he moved to Britain, where he has lived for more than twenty years. As well as running four successful restaurants in London, he has written a number of cookery books and in 2013 co-presented The Incredible Spice Men on BBC Two. He also makes frequent appearances on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen and in other media. Cyrus was awarded Food Personality of the Year 2014 by BBC Radio 4. His new book is Mr Todiwala’s Spice Box.



Chetna Makan was born in Jabalpur, in central India. She has a degree in fashion and worked in Mumbai as a fashion designer before moving to the UK in 2003. Chetna reached the semi-final in The Great British Bake Off 2014, and she was included in the 2015 GG2 power 101 List, which recognizes Britain’s Most Influential Asians. She has over 24,000 followers on Twitter and runs a popular YouTube channel, called Food with Chetna. Her first book is the newly published The Cardamom Trail.


Cookbook Confidential is an ongoing series of events celebrating the best of food and drink writing, in association with Octopus Publishing Group and delicious. magazine.


Venue: The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road

Tickets: £12 per ticket, including a complimentary glass of wine. Simply add the required number to the basket below.


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This was a great evening, full of spice (in words and actual spices to try from Mr Todiwala's large wooden Spice Box) and stories, presented beautifully, again. by the great Julia Leonard. Cyrus and Chetna made a great double act and I learnt a huge deal about my own tastes while learning about how they grew up and discovered their passion for flavour. It was interesting to learn about Cyrus's hard decisions to whittle down the book's chosen 10 spices and to hear more from Chetna about the direction her life has gone in post-Bake Off - on both accounts, extremely well and the small but attentive audience warmed to them well. The signing was a great opportunity to chat to them both and the venue, as always, was perfect for the occasion - looking forward to the next one enormously.

John Holland - 13th June 2016 Report this Review
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