CELEBRITY CHEF SARANSH GOILA LAUNCHES HIS DEBUT BOOK ‘INDIA ON MY PLATTER’ IN DELHI
Chef Saransh Goila debuts as a writer with India on My Platter: The 20,000-km Food Journey around the nation
Published by, Om Books International
Om Books International along with Hybrid, launched Author Saransh Goila’s India on My Platter: The 20,000-km Food Journey today. The book was launched by Celebrity Chef, television host and author, Sanjeev Kapoor.
Saransh Goila’s India on My Platter is a unique travelogue—young chef Saransh Goila sets off on a culinary trail through India to discovers the various nuances of local cuisine. From rural villages to barren deserts to freezing mountains, he unfolds the flavour of his destination by meeting local villagers or erstwhile royalty and picking up a tip or two to use in his kitchen. Wherever he goes, he makes sure to visit the famous eateries of that place. Through him, the reader can vividly smell the spices and taste the dishes that are described. The recipes given also present ways on using locally found ingredients. From having steaming Murthal ke paranthe to savouring tasty street food in hometown Delhi, from cooking on a boat in Varanasi to cooking dishes using a bamboo hollow in Assam, Goila does it all and presents his adventures in a lucid, flowing narrative peppered with humorous anecdotes.
Saransh Goila said, “This book captures the amazing experience I had while I travelled 60 cities in 100 days across 25 states. It is not just a chef’s but a boy’s spiritual journey. From a roadside truck stop to India’s biggest omelette centre, to a kitchen in Kullu—this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity made me cover it all. I’m sure any person who loves to travel and eat, after reading the book would want to travel the length and breadth of India.”
About the Author
At 28, Saransh Goila is an Indian chef, a TV show host, author, and a food consultant. He is also popular for his online food and travel show, The Spice Traveller, and Health Challenge, where he makes favourite Indian dishes healthier. Saransh became a food enthusiast quite early, making his first jalebi for his family at the age of 12. This interest in food made him pursue his Bachelor’s in Culinary Arts from the Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad. His first taste of television success was when he won the FoodFood Maha Challenge in 2011, hosted by celebrity chef, Sanjeev Kapoor, and film actress, Madhuri Dixit. He set a record in the Limca Book of Records, 2014, for ‘the longest road journey by a chef,’ when he hosted India’s biggest food travelogue show, Roti, Rasta aur India. He’s a passionate traveller and has dedicated himself to promoting regional Indian food across the globe.
Sanjeev Kapoor, Chef: This book is not merely about food and recipes. It gives us a rare glimpse into the psyche of the people, the region and the story behind a dish. Saransh’s experiences are scattered like glittering gems across the pages; they show us how vast a country we live in and how varied a culinary treasure we possess. It is a fitting tribute to the unsung culinary geniuses.
Ajay Mago, Publisher, Om Books International: Reading the book, I have travelled with Saransh, chatted with the local people, cooked with them and shared meals with them, even climbed up a coconut tree—so vivid are Saransh’s descriptions of the landscape, the climate, the food and the warmth in the voices of the local people that the reader merges into the narrative. Through India On My Platter, Saransh has brought India on every reader’s platter.
About Om Books International
Om Books International is one of the largest English language trade publishers in the Indian subcontinent and has been a leading force in the Indian publishing and retail industry for several years. Recently, it celebrated 50 years of operations in retailing and distribution.
Headquartered in Noida, OBI has published popular and literary fiction including best-selling titles like Two Mothers and Other Stories by Khalid Mohamed, Three Sisters by Bi Feiyu (Man Asian Literary Award, 2010), The Kept Woman and Other Stories by Kamala Das, Delhi OMG! by Vinod Nair, Newsroom Live by Prabhat Shunglu, The Company RED by Shantanu Dhar, to name just a few.
OBI has published, amongst other genres, several cinema-related titles (under the imprint Spotlight) including Still Reading Khan by Mushtaq Shiekh; Shah Rukh Can by Mushtaq Shiekh; AR Rahman: The Spirit of Music, an authorised conversational biography by Nasreen Munni Kabir; I’ll Do It My Way: The Incredible Journey Of Aamir Khan by Christina Daniels; Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam: The Original Screenplay compiled by Dinesh Raheja and Jitendra Kothari; The Original Screenplays of Lage Raho Munna Bhai and 3 Idiots; Bollywood in Posters by SMM Ausaja (shortlisted for Vodafone Crossword Award 2010 for non-fiction).
OBI also publishes monographs on art and architecture and photo essays. Other categories that feature in OBI’s publishing list are fashion and lifestyle, biographies, narrative non-fiction, mind, body, spirit, cookery and children’s book under the imprint Om Kidz. The renowned chain Om Book Shop is the retail arm of Om Books International.