Madhur Jaffrey CBE (born 13 August 1933) is an Indian actress, active in radio, theatre, television and film as well as a food writer. Now regarded by many as the world authority on Indian food, Madhur Jaffrey is an award-winning actress and bestselling cookery author. Her first book, An Invitation to Indian Cookery, was published in 1973 and her series for BBC television Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery made her a household name.
Although known for her collection of cookery books, in 1985, Miss Jaffrey published “Seasons of Splendour”, a children’s book of mythological tales illustrated by Michael Foreman, which was named one of the year’s best children’s books by the New York Times and Newsweek.
In addition to writing cookbooks, Miss Jaffrey has written scores of articles for magazines and newspapers on subjects as varied as Bhutanese dance, ancient Indian cave paintings, the preserved body of St. Francis Xavier, restaurants in the Soviet Union, and inns in the south of France.
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Jaffrey did not cook at all as a child growing up in Delhi. She had almost never been in the kitchen and almost failed cooking at school.