Farhana and Mehnaz Sahibzada

At the Calabasas Library, host Karyn Foley talks to mother and daughter authors, Farhana and Mehnaz Sahibzada.  Farhana, a chef, has written the cook book "Flavorful Shortcuts to Indian / (Pakistani) Cooking" and poet Mehnaz has written "Tongue-tied: A Memoir in Poems".

"Flavorful Shortcuts to Indian / (Pakistani) Cooking" - Packed with ‘QUALITY’ tested, simplified and tried recipes stemming from Farhana’s Indian food cooking classes spanning over two decades, adapted for success for the novice and experienced cooks alike!

With her simplified techniques presented in the book Farhana has eliminated the fear of using spices and made Indian cooking approachable for anyone and everyone. Based on her experience as a teacher and seeing first hand people’s challenges in cooking Indian, Farhana wanted to offer recipes of a very foreign and often intimidating cuisine with simple ingredients that yield remarkable results in a minimum amount of time.

"Tongue-tied: A Memoir in Poems" - Mehnaz Sahibzada is an English teacher, she lives in Los Angeles.  She is a 2009 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow in Poetry.

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