Food Is Love: Plant-Based Indian-Inspired Recipes to Feel Joy and Connection

By Palak Patel


Publication Date: May 7, 2024

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Media personality, two-time Food Network champion, and acclaimed Indian vegan chef Palak Patel invites you to explore the powerful connection between how you feel and what you eat in this inspired collection of plant-based recipes. With recipes for every mood, Food Is Love shows you how to savor every bite and awaken your senses. 

Have you ever experienced tears of joy after eating something? Or received a kiss from a chocolate dessert that left you breathless? Or tasted something so familiar that it brought you right back to childhood? Of course we cook and eat to satisfy a physical hunger, but eating is a highly emotional and connective experience.Food Network veteran and acclaimed chef Palak Patel invites us to take a journey through the emotional landscape of food with recipes that are designed to evoke specific feelings: from joy and comfort to nostalgia and love. Food Is Love is a reminder that food is more than just sustenance. It is also a way to connect with our loved ones, express love for ourselves and others, and celebrate life.Born in India and trained at the French Culinary Institute, Palak is inspired as a chef by her heritage and travels: she’s lived in the south of France, Italy, San Francisco, and New York City, and has visited over 60 countries. Food is Palak’s love language, and in this plant-based collection, she welcomes you to choose recipes based on how you feel so that you can truly relish the joy of the first bite, calming aroma of simmering stew, and the surprise of new flavors. Do you feel energized? Want to feel inspired? Perhaps you’re in need of comfort? Whatever your mood and whatever you’re craving, you’ll find ample recipes to try in this beautiful cookbook, such as: Braised Vegetable DalGarlic NaanSpaghetti Squash Lemongrass CurryPea and Pistachio FalafelRoasted Butternut Squash with Makani SauceLeek and Potato Chickpea FrittataRoasted Vindaloo Mushroom WrapsOmani Lime Almond CookiesSpiced Caramel Rice PuddingPeach Cardamom Buttermilk CakeChai Sticky Toffee PuddingIndulge! With dishes that are as nourishing for your body as they are for your soul.

About the Author

Palak Patel is a classically trained chef, host, owner of Dash & Chutney restaurant, and two-time winner of Food Network’s famed shows Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay. A TEDx speaker, Palak has made on-camera appearances on the TODAY show, Epicurious, Food Network Digital, Food52 and Good Day Atlanta, and has been featured in Huffington Post, People, Women’s Health, Thrive Global, Epicurious, Bon Appetit, and the Los Angeles Times, among many others. Palak made the cover of Atlanta’s Simply Buckhead magazine as a rising star to watch in 2021 and beyond. To learn more, visit

Format: Hardcover

Length: 280 pages

Publisher: Harvest

Publication Date: May 7, 2024

ISBN: 9780063320642

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