The café across the street from Anni’s home in Little India makes the best biryani in the world. Fluffy and fragrant, spicy and succulent—Anni could eat it every day. In fact, Anni loves that biryani so much that she’s determined to uncover the secret to the recipe. She has so many questions for Uncle, the grumpy chef and owner of the café. But he isn’t providing any easy clues. So, with some careful planning, Anni sets out on a mission to find out the secret ingredients to this most special dish.
Will Anni get the answers she’s looking for…before it’s too late?
Debut picture-book author Namita Moolani Mehra is a foodie, a cookbook author, and owner of Indian Spicebox, a social-impact business that helps fund hot meals for underprivileged children in India. In Anni Dreams of Biryani, she continues to share her love of Indian food with the world with a story that any young cook or food-lover can enjoy. And artist Chaaya Prabhat’s love for biryani really shines through in the illustrations—it’s a feast for the eyes!
"Mehra's text brings to life the sights, sounds, and smells of the neighborhood, while Prabhat's vivid and effusive digital illustrations weave in expressive faces and cultural details, including the biryani ingredients and scenes of dirty dishes in the sink...A curious and determined young cook gets her biryani recipe in this tale to savor."
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Format: Hard cover | 40 pages