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Michelin star Chef Vikas Khanna is busy cooking up a storm in the literary world. He is in the midst of compiling an encyclopedia on Indian cooking and it will still take him four years to complete it. He is making regular visits to his country, India, to gather material for his encyclopedia. However, this is not the only project that the hottest chef in New York is currently busy with. Read on to know what he is up to.



The Indian Cooking Encyclopedia

Many Americans wonder whether it is too difficult to cook Indian food. While those who are familiar with the country or its cuisine will know that it is not so difficult but for people who are complete strangers, Indian cooking may pose a little threat in the kitchen, with its array of spices and multiple cooking methods for the same dish. It is this difficulty that Chef Vikas wants to address. He has already traveled 11 times to India, to carry out various parts of his research for this project, which he says, would be published only in 2016. Not just the modern Indian cooking, the encyclopedia will chronicle 4,000 years of Indian cooking and it also features 2,000 recipes. Whew! That is a lot of work to get done. 



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Returning to His Roots

Well, not roots exactly but his cookbook “Return to the Rivers” is another work, which he has just finished. The cookbook would be published next year and Chef Vikas says that it is about establishing an understanding of the cuisine between India and China. If you are flummoxed with the regional diversity that the Chef is aiming to traverse, take respite in the fact that the recipes featuring in this cookbook will be from countries like Bhutan, Burma, Nepal, as well as regional recipes from Tibet and the Himalayan region. In fact, it is the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, who is the inspiration behind the cookbook. Speaking about his experience, Chef Vikas says, “I met him (Dalai Lama) for the first time five years ago at an event at the Waldorf-Astoria, and he was telling me about this lost cuisine. I immediately felt compelled to write a book on it. …I contacted his team in India, and they told me that he would be happy to write the foreword, and soon he sent me a beautiful introduction.”



Chef Vikas Khanna has cooked for the President Barack Obama at the White House as well as for the coveted chefs of the world at the World Gourmet Summit. The eligible bachelor, that he is, was recently picked up to be the Goodwill Ambassador of Annamrita, the Mid-day Meal Program of the Food Relief Foundation of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). His whole life revolves around food and he has also filmed a documentary series, “Holy Kitchens”. Now with this encyclopedia, the 41-year-old chef is bound to consolidate his position among the celebrity chefs of America. 



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