A gourmand’s delight

By You Desk
Tue, 10, 20

Cookbooks have to offer more than just recipes since anyone can get a recipe online....


Cooking is the artistic act of preparing food. The skillful preparation of food is truly an art. The art of cooking now has become more sophisticated. Our obsession with food has never been more apparent than now, thanks to the popular cooking television shows and best-selling cookbooks.

Cookbooks have to offer more than just recipes since anyone can get a recipe online. In many ways they have become big, beautiful story books - paying homage to a cuisine or place or an ingredient. They are always helpful to any novice cook. Cookbooks have the ability to be passed down from generation to generation, which feels more important now than ever, as we try to preserve and underline the importance of culture in today’s world.

Recently, Nestle Pakistan has launched a cookbook called – ‘Dining Along The Indus’. The book is a reflection of the love Pakistani people have for food. It features distinct recipes spanning the length and breadth of the country highlighting the range of its cuisine. Every region has produced its own specialty as the various dishes and their names in this book signify.

Talking about the book, Dr Maleeha Lodhi said, “I am grateful to Nestle Pakistan for this joint enterprise to ‘offer’ Pakistani food in all its colourful variety to the international community. The idea for the book came to me when as Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent representative to the UN I wanted to introduce Pakistan’s distinct culinary tradition to the 193 countries represented at the UN in New York.”

“Dining Along The Indus, apart from its recipes of dishes from across the country, is also a celebration of the splendour of Pakistan, with colourful pictures depicting a country that is modern but with ancient roots and an enormously rich cultural heritage. It was a privilege to present this book to a global audience as part of my efforts to project Pakistan’s soft power, which is such a crucial element of modern diplomacy,” she added.

Sharing his thoughts, Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestle Pakistan, said, “There are heart-warming traditions and rich flavours in every nook and corner of the country, and Dining Along The Indus is a step towards highlighting some of them and bringing them forward for the world to experience and take pleasure in.”

The book was earlier unveiled in 2019 in collaboration with Pakistan Mission to the United Nations at UN Headquarters in New York.

Developed by Markings Publishing, Dining Along The Indus is a step towards highlighting and preserving the distinctive food culture and traditional Pakistani recipes.

–– You! desk