Hello, my name’s Meera.
I was born in Lincolnshire to Ugandan Indian parents and have been surrounded by a wonderful assortment of all things delicious from a very early age. Cooking is a huge part of my heritage and my love for my ancestors’ food and desire to keep their food traditions alive led me to journey back to my mother’s kitchen to capture the recipes from my childhood.
These family recipes and the stories that came with them were the inspiration for my first cookbook, Made in India, which was published by Figtree, Penguin in July 2014. Happily, Made in India became a Top 10 best seller and was named a book of the year by The Times and the Financial Times.
My second book, Fresh India, is out in July 2016 and is a celebration of India’s love of vegetables.
Outside of books, I write a regular column for Associated Press and I write (or have written) occasionally for Food 52, Borough Market, The Pool and The Guardian.
On very special occasions I take my kitchen on the road and work with great brands or restaurants to create recipes, menus or events. I’ve worked with some wonderful people and companies including with Bol Foods, Graze, Gousto, The Thali Cafe and The Drapers Arms.
Portrait by David Loftus for Fresh India