Priti Narain belongs to an old family of Delhi and a community which has a tradition of taking great pains over the preparation and serving of good food. She ran a gourmet restaurant in Delhi for two years, in partnership with a friend. For several years, she also supplied cakes on order. Currently Priti leads a relaxed life, bird-watching and taking the occasional order for chocolate cake.The Penguin Essential Cookbooks are a pioneering attempt to keep alive the art of traditional Indian cooking. Each of the books is written by an expert chef who brings together the special recipes of a region or community along with a detailed introduction that describes the rituals and customs related to the eating and serving of food.In the Essential Delhi Cookbook recipes are drawn from the different communities who have made Delhi their home, including the Khatris and Kayasths, in addition to Mughlai and Punjabi dishes. The recipes include: Raan, Bheja, Methi Dal ki Pakori, Muthanjan Pulao, Mathri, Papri, Chaat, Sharbat-e-Ghulab.