May 032024
Grandmother cooks up a culinary comedy! [Review]
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Title: My Grandmother Can’t Cook
Written by: Indu Balachandran
Illustrated by: Priya Kuriyan

Publisher: Karadi Tales
Type: Hardcover

Length: 48 pages
Age recommendation: 5 years onwards

Grandmothers are stereotypically renowned for cooking delicious dishes sprinkled generously with love. We are introduced to lip-smacking dishes from different regions of India alongside the names of Grandmother. For example, Ajji from Hubli makes piping hot bisi bele bath and Ammamma from Kochi makes lacy appams and flavorful stew.

But what happens when your Grandmother Can’t Cook?!

This is what young Neil has to face. His Grandmother lovingly tries to cook but ends up charring the dosas and making funny-shaped chapatis! What happens when Neil’s Paati is in charge of cooking for his birthday? Will it be a celebration of his dreams or a nightmare? What follows is a rib-tickling yet heart-warming tale of how Paati throws her dear Neil an amazing party!

Indu Balachandran’s witty writing will make you laugh and Priya Kuriyan’s trademark brilliant illustrations make the book a must-read. This Karadi Tales publication gently reminds us that cooking is just one of the many ways to express love.

The highlight of the story was how the author, Indu Balachandran showcases the diverse culinary culture of our country. Priya Kuriyan’s masterful illustrations capture the emotions of the characters and the scrumptious detailing of the food. The resulting creation is a book that explores a Grandmother’s gastronomic (mis)adventures along with quite a few giggles.

If you enjoyed this review and wish to join Neil on his Paati’s culinary journey, you might want to order the book (and perhaps some snacks) from Amazon (kbc affiliate link),


Disclaimer: Sowmya is a part of the #kbcReviewerSquad and received this book as a review copy from the publisher via kbc.

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