Writer Madhur Jaffrey - Biography

April 2012

Although Madhur Jaffrey is a renowned cookbook author today, she did not always seem destined to introduce Indian cuisine to the rest of the world. This “accidental cook” grew up in India, studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and then moving to New York City to begin her career as an actress. She did not spend time in the kitchen as a child; it was only after moving to London for school that she began using her mother’s recipes to cook Indian dishes at home. In the 1960s, she was hired by BBC to work on a show on Indian cooking, and from there, her culinary career took off. She is the author of more than 30 cookbooks, including the seminal An Invitation to Indian Cooking. In addition, she has worked on several BBC series, including “Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery,” which made her a household name in England. Her books have won awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the James Beard Foundation, and her writing has received recognition from The New York Times, Newsweek, Sunday Observer, Gourmet, Readers Digest, and Food & Wine.