Cook For A Casue: This Mother Daughter Duo Explores 45 Recipes With Countless Flavours

Cook like the millennials with 'The Millennial Kitchen', 17 year old Mira Shah's book titled “The Millennial Kitchen” is filled with easy recipes that will warm your heart.

  • Cook For A Casue: This Mother Daughter Duo Explores 45 Recipes With Countless Flavours
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The millennials - who are they? Simply put, they are those who not only want to make a difference but believe they can. They're the ones who believe in a better tomorrow and strive to make more conscious edits to their lifestyles. They are, for all intents and purposes, those who dare to dream. But, after a day's worth of working and dreaming, every millennial return home with just one question - 'What's for dinner?!’

One such dreamer and believer is a girl of 17 - Mira Shah. Currently studying at Jamnabai Narsee International School, Mira is fond of many things - dance, music, travel and food. A trip to the Golden Temple in Amritsar planted the seeds of thought. Thereafter while holidaying with her family in London, Mira’s brother Vir happened to spot a local Gurudwara truck feeding the homeless. And he said, 'Why shouldn't we do the same in India?' Aided by her mother, Tanvi Shah, Mira went forth to execute what Vir said.  They set up 'Cook for a Cause', an initiative that saw the mother-daughter duo making and selling simple but wholesome dips and oil-free pickles. All proceeds for these went to charity.


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Five years later, Mira continues to power on. Her second venture in the culinary world is her book - The Millennial Kitchen. The premise? Easy recipes for millennials and their mums. Mira, who stumbled upon her love for cooking while deciding to potter around her mum's kitchen when she was 'bored', believes that this book will help all those who want to cook and enjoy cooking, but don't have too much time on their hands. (A classic millennial problem!)

This book is replete with recipes for everything from 'Party Starters and Cool Platters' to 'Meals for One and Two' - thick rich pumpkin hummus, cream-free creamy pasta and fresh Mediterranean rolls. What you can also expect is a special section titled 'Mira's Weekly Meal Plan', which tells you how she ensured that every meal she ate in a week was unique and exciting, but also healthy and delicious. The good news: her book offers a wide selection of vegetarian recipes. The better news: Between its pages, you will also find vegan, gluten-free and Jain variants. The book is worth every minute of the read. You need only flip through the book to know why!

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100 per cent of the profits gained from the book will go to the Akshaya Patra foundation, based in South India. This NGO runs the world’s largest Mid-Day Meal Program in India. They feed lunch to over 1.76 million children in 16.785 schools across 12 states and a union territory. Mira, who aims at engaging in social enterprise, believes that being associated with Akshaya Patra is a fitting way to achieve this. 

Proud mommy Tanvi Shah says,

"We're all so caught up in the demands of every day, that we often forget to execute gratitude. When Mira approached me five years ago with the idea of this book, I knew that I had to support her. With her 12th grade around the corner, she had to balance her time between schoolwork and the initiative. But with great encouragement and support, we managed to self-publish the cookbook and are thrilled with the result. We hope that all millennials and their mommies enjoy experimenting with these recipes as much as we have enjoyed creating them.”

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