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Sita’s Kitchen | Raghav Khanna | Book Review

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rupa Publications India (1 December 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages

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We are meant to go beyond our limits and redefine them continuously. The very act of pushing our limits gives new meaning to our lives. We are born to dream, to work, to persevere, and thrive.

Sita’s Kitchen by Raghav Khanna is a beautiful tale of Sita, a small-town girl from Himachal Pradesh, who goes on to prove that she belongs to a kitchen, as a chef. She runs her quaint roadside cafe that serves delectable Italian cuisine in the remote area of HP. A famous restaurateur from London, Arun, recognises Sita’s extraordinary talents and convinces her to move to London and become a chef at his restaurant.

How will this change Sita’s life?

Sita’s Kitchen is a book that explores the fine dining experience, delectable food of Italian palette, coming of age of a young village girl, power of dreams, and brute reality of life. As much as this book fits well for those with epicurean desires, it inspires every reader to pursue their heart.

The story was far from what I actually thought it to be but I was kinda swept away by the writing. Khanna’s writing just makes you eat Italian right away! For once, it was hard for me to read further, I couldn’t put the book away for long because I was thoroughly invested in Sita’s life.

Her aspirations led her to London but her self-actualization helped her in ways outside of the purview of the material world. I really liked how each character of the story plays its role beautifully and leaves a mark. None seemed underwhelming nor I did find the narrative going overboard.

Sita’s homely and comely story pulled me into her world full of lively dreams, desire to prove her worth, and immense love for one’s passion. Sita’s journey is a testimony to the fact that things will take time and all that appears to be glitzy is not exactly what our core wants.

While the narrative transitions smoothly between the narration of Sita and Ben (Arun’s assistant), the vivid description of Himachal and scrumptious food added to the appeal of this book.

For a beautifully dramatic read that fills your heart with aroma and delight, pick this book.

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