Tara Deshpande Tennebaum is a trained chef and author. She is a former actor and Miss India finalist. Her cookbook, A Sense for Spice: Recipes and Stories from a Konkan Kitchen released in 2013 to excellent reviews. She has studied at the French Culinary Institute in New York and at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and London.
In An Indian Sense of Salad: Eat Raw, Eat More, Tara Deshpande Tennebaum shows how to use fresh, local, easily available Indian vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, natural sweeteners and cold-pressed oils to prepare a range of raw and partially cooked salads from around the world. Tara deconstructs classic Indian dishes to their raw form, creating salads that make healthy and satisfying meals.
The innovative recipes in the book employ several lesser known ingredients from diverse Indian cuisines. Tara successfully marries culinary traditions from Japan, France, Italy and the United States with India's own repertoire to create a vast array of salads that can be eaten as sides, condiments, or complete meals. In addition, the book takes a look at the development of salads across the world, provides tips on preparing salads in a hot, tropical climate, and makes a strong case for the complex flavours and sensory satisfaction raw, organic and minimally processed foods can bring to one's diet.