Recipes | 7 April 2016Recipes & Memories from Pakistan Share article facebook twitter google pinterest We’re absolutely thrilled to announce the official release today of Summers Under the Tamarind Tree: Recipes and Memories from Pakistan by Sumayya Usmani. ‘This book is a treasure. Charm, information and what Sumayya calls ‘the flavour of my Pakistan heritage’ permeates every single recipe’ – Madhur Jaffrey As you soak up Sumayya’s compelling tales of a Pakistani childhood spent “under the lofty, sheltering branches of my grandmother’s tamarind tree”, you in turn soak up the spirit, the passion, the attitude, and the authentic flavours of a much-overlooked country. Formed some 70 years ago, Pakistan has actually been developing its culinary heritage over centuries. Home to many overlapping civilisations, more than 20 languages, a rich coastline, diverse climate and myriad layers of border cuisine, Pakistani food is both exotically ancient and enticingly modern. ‘It’s wonderful to discover the world of Pakistani food and adaza (sensory cooking) in this perfect cookbook’ – Olia Hercules (Mamushka) Summers Under the Tamarind Tree is an explosion of colour and flavour that will tantalise the tastebuds and awaken the senses; a beautifully written, contemporary cookbook structured around the traditions of Pakistan’s diverse culture, distinct aromas, mixed geography and its community of people. Pakistan’s coastline ensures plenty of amazing fish dishes, while its borders with Iran, Afghanistan, India and China mean strong Arabic, Persian and varied Asian flavours. Summers Under The Tamarind Tree is truly Pakistan uncovered – its cooking techniques; its key spices (along with Sumayya’s family blends); its breakfasts and breads, pulses and rice; its street food and snacks; its mighty meats and meatless days (Tuesdays and Wednesdays); its sumptuous seafood; its chicken and other birds; its desserts and drinks; and the family, friendship and faith-fuelled feasts of this festival nation. Tapping a burgeoning interest in the food of the sub-continent, Summers Under the Tamarind Tree reveals the varied and exciting cuisine of this stunning landscape. Sumayya evokes the richly spiced, aromatic pleasure of Pakistani food through more than 100 recipes, interweaving these with reflections on the heritage and traditions of her beloved home country and a joyous youth spent in the kitchen with her grandmother and mother. Former lawyer-turned-food writer and cookery teacher Sumayya says: ‘When people think of Pakistan, they probably picture a simple land plagued by troubles. But having grown up in Karachi, to me Pakistan means a peaceful, happy childhood filled with exciting scents, sounds and most importantly flavours. Food is the spirit of Pakistani people and it’s something that has been many thousands of years in the making.’ A very happy publication day to you Sumayya! Summers Under the Tamarind Tree: Recipes & Memories from Pakistan by Sumayya Usmani. Photography by Joanna Yee. Published by Frances Lincoln (£20). More information on the book can be found on the QuartoKnows website here. Visit Sumayya’s website at sumayyausmani.com | Follow her on Twitter and on Instagram. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.