New ‘Spices and Seasons’ Cookbook for Indian at Home


spices and seasons cookbook
Everyone falls into a dinnertime rut. Go-to chicken or pasta dishes become old hat, but an easy way to shake things up in the kitchen is to cook outside of your comfort zone. Allow other cuisines to enter the rotation.

Rinku Bhattacharya, a finance professional, mother, wife, blogger and cookbook author, can help make that happen.

Her new book, “Spices & Seasons: Simple, Sustainable Indian Flavors” (Hippocrene Books, $35) is named for her feature on’s Small Bites blog, which chronicles her culinary quest for practical and seasonal recipes that can be made with fresh ingredients far from the Bay of Bengal.

“The most exciting part of this was working with local markets,” says Bhattacharya. “Fresher is always better.”

Inspired by the stock at Westchester’s farmers’ markets and her home garden in Valhalla where she grows curry, sage, greens, berries, cherries, tomatoes, okra and more, her recipes are blooming with traditional Indian flavors, but with a touch of the Hudson Valley in each dish.

4 recipes from “Spices & Seasons: Simple, Sustainable Indian Flavors.”

Bhattacharya’s mealtime mentality is approachable, sustainable, and designed to satisfy the various mouths she has to feed, which includes a child with food allergies and a vegetarian husband. Cooking and blogging are only a portion of her workload, so she’s no stranger to the hurdles most time-strapped home chefs find themselves up against during a busy week.


There are 152 recipes in “Spices & Seasons,” each with a photo taken by Bhattacharya herself. Inside you’ll find tons of party pleasers like crispy fried kale and potato patties or warm red cabbage slaw with pecans, as well as some break-the-mold dinner options like a slow-roasted chicken that’s rubbed with cilantro, parsley, chilies, ginger, cumin and lime, and basted with ghee.

“It’s not Americanized, but I don’t get hung up on authentic,” Bhattacharya says. “It’s just real life.”

Read: Spices and Seasons recipes on Small Bites.


About Author

Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.

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