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Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu Paperback – 17 November 2016

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Alamelu Vairavan is the host of Healthful Indian flavors with Alamelu, produced by Milwaukee Public Television and syndicated nationally on PBS Create. She has been teaching for over 20 years about the health benefits of spices, such as turmeric, cumin, ginger, fenugreek, and asafoetida, and inspiring good eating habits through Indian cooking techniques. Alamelu is co-author of Healthy South Indian Cooking and Indian Inspired Gluten-Free Cooking, both published by Hippocrene Books. She resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hippocrene Books Inc.,U.S. (17 November 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 278 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0781813581
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0781813587
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 726 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 17.53 x 1.52 x 22.86 cm
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Alamelu Vairavan is an enthusiastic advocate for preparing foods that are both tasty and healthy using spices and legumes.

Alamelu has published several cookbooks that have helped even novice cooks discover easy ways to prepare healthful foods with Indian flavors. If you think children have to be persuaded or tricked into eating more vegetables, try Alamleu's recipes. You may be in for a surprise! She believes even vegetable haters can be transformed to vegetable lovers with subtle enhancements using spices and legumes.

Alamelu's popular cooking TV shows titled, "Healthful Indian Flavors With Alamelu," produced by Milwaukee PBS, has been aired on Public Television in Wisconsin and in many parts of the United States on PBS CREATE since 2010. (Episodes can be seen via Alamelu's book titled, "Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu" (Hippocrene Books, NY, Nov. 2016) includes most and the best of the recipes featured in her PBS TV series. Her most recent book, "Vegetarian Recipes with Alamelu" (Hippocrene Books, NY, Nov. 2020) features Alamelu's best vegetarian recipes from her TV shows, her previous books and many new recipes.

In her cookbooks and TV shows, Alamelu emphasizes easy to prepare, aromatic and flavorful foods. The Los Angeles Times, for example, has referred to her recipes as, "coconut-infused curries, brilliant vegetable dishes", and has noted "what could be complex becomes relatively simple in Vairavan's approach."

In 2009, Alamelu presented a sold-out workshop, titled, "Enticing Indian Flavors" at the James Beard Foundation, in New York for which she received recognition of "outstanding contribution". Alamelu has also been featured as a celebrity chef at the Annual Kohler Food & Wine event in Kohler, Wisconsin and in Dine and Wine Wisconsin events in Milwaukee. She has also made culinary presentations in Scottsdale, AZ and in Chicago, Ill.

Alamelu has offered wellness and team-building programs to many corporations. She has trained chefs to offer healthful options in restaurants and in company cafeterias. She also makes time for numerous community programs in schools, libraries, hospital outreach programs and in community centers, and for fundraising events.

Besides authoring several books, Alamelu has also contributed recipes to the book, "Healing Spices" by Dr. Bharat Aggarwal (a cancer research scientist formerly at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Care Center) that was published in 2011. Her contributions have also been featured in "Cooking Healthy Across America", an American Dietetic Association cookbook (John Wiley, 2005).

Alamelu can be contacted through her website: Her Facebook page is titled, "Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu" where she posts regular food blogs.

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