Upon learning that rice and bread were the culprits for her husband’s Type 2 diabetes, Deepa Thomas deconstructed and reinvented her native Indian cuisine. Deepa made anew seventy slow carb recipes, incorporating time-saving Western cooking techniques, breaking-news research on gut health and weight loss, and Ayurvedic wisdoms ("When diet is right, medicine is of no need; and when diet is wrong, medicine is of no use."). After six months of cooking and eating "New Indian," Deepa lost twenty pounds and freed her husband from a ten-year routine of insulin shots.
Part cookbook and memoir, Deepa’s Secrets introduces breakthrough slow carb and gut-healing recipes that are simple and nutrient-packed, without sacrificing its rich South Asian flavors. On a mission to demystify and make healthy an “exotic” cuisine, Deepa shares shortcuts and techniques that will make "New Indian" everyday fare. Bold and intimate, Deepa’s Secrets will undoubtedly change your cooking, and quite possibly your life, featuring East-to-West recipes such as:
• Ralph’s Garlicky Spinach a la Dal
• Ammachi’s Claypot Fish Molee
• General Joseph’s Five-Star Chicken Batons
• New Indian Cacciatore
• Masala Omelet
The author is donating her royalties to FoodCorps, a nonprofit that connects children to healthy food in American schools.
SubtitleSlow Carb New Indian Cuisine
AuthorBy Deepa Thomas, Foreword by Curt Ellis
Published4 July 2017
Dimensions8.00 x 11.00in.
Illustrations100 color photos.
About the author
Curt Ellis, author of the foreword, is an American filmmaker, social entrepreneur, and advocate for sustainable agriculture. He is the CEO of the nonprofit organization FoodCorps.
—Mark Hyman, MD, author of the #1 bestseller Eat Fat Get Thin; director of Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
"Thomas—spurred by an interest in all things healthy, by a concern for her husband’s dependence on insulin as a type 2 diabetic, and by the ayurvedic proverb “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need”—decided to hunt for
edible foodstuffs sans the bad carbohydrates, with an Indian flavor. . . . In between her secrets (e.g., read labels carefully; maple syrup, for instance, might include sugar) and educational asides (did you know that mace is ground-up nutmeg shells?), she helps readers learn a new culinary language . . . A testimony to the power of perseverance—and patience in assembling all the necessary ingredients, from scratch."
—Booklist, Starred Review
"Thomas had an epiphany about the role these sources of simple carbohydrates played in her husband's diabetes . . . and she shares that epiphany and the recipes it prompted in this solid, informative cookbook. . . . Engaging personal stories combined with artfully scattered notes and hints make this book reminiscent of the earliest Moosewood Cookbook in its tone and inviting narrative."
—Publishers Weekly “They’re no longer secrets! Home cooks and professional chefs will be inspired to use Deepa’s original, simple methods for harnessing complex flavors to create amazing tastes.”
—Srijith Gopinathan, executive chef of two-Michelin starred Taj Campton Place
“Deepa’s story takes us further: to a world where amazing things are possible, and to a world-view where we are empowered to not just follow recipes for joy, love and wellbeing, but to create them.”
—Curt Ellis, CEO, FoodCorps
“This not just another ‘cookbook’ . . . We owe Deepa a bouquet of gratitude for her comprehensive and informative treatise.”
—Dr. Joan Fallon, founder and CEO of Curemark
"Deepa's journey is one of great joy and compassion. Your life will be enriched for knowing her.”
—Susan Dryfoos, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker
"As soon as Deepa Thomas discovered the culprits [of diabetes—rice and bread], she dwelt into six months of cooking and eating “New Indian.” The result? The author of this well-written, invaluable book lost 20 pounds and freed her [husband] from a 10-year routine of insulin shots."