June 15, 2024


Free For All Food

‘Vegetarian Flavors’ cookbook creator noticed a want for straightforward vegetarian recipes

Kristine M. Kierzek

Alamelu Vairavan, a Whitefish Bay resident, was known for her PBS cooking program featuring recipes from her native India. Now she's published her seventh cookbook, focused exclusively on vegetarian cooking.

Alamelu Vairavan did not grow up cooking. In fact, when she got married and moved to the U.S., she didn’t even know how to make a cup of coffee. 

She craved the food items she’d developed up with in India, and if she wanted them, she had to understand to make them. Approximately 50 many years soon after she moved to Wisconsin with her partner in 1971, she’s created a nationwide viewers for her recipes and tactic in the kitchen area. 

She commenced by having her electrical skillet into her children’s colleges in Whitefish Bay to display recipes. Finally she gained audiences across the country with 32 episodes of her have cooking show with MPTV, later picked up by PBS Generate. 

Now, she’s revealed her seventh cookbook, “Vegetarian Flavors with Alamelu: Healthful, Indian Encouraged, Plant-Based mostly Recipes” (Hippocrene Publications, November 2020). Photographs for the cookbook have been performed by Linda Smallpage of Whitefish Bay. Vairavan has cooked evening meal at the James Beard Household in New York, but most of all she enjoys hearing from home cooks and encouraging them to include greens to their meals.