Summers Under the Tamarind Tree is a contemporary Pakistani cookbook celebrating the varied, exciting and often-overlooked cuisine of a beautiful country. In it, former lawyer-turned-food writer and cookery teacher Sumayya Usmani captures the rich and aromatic pleasure of Pakistani cooking through more than 100 recipes. She also celebrates the heritage and traditions of her home country and looks back on a happy childhood spent in the kitchen with her grandmother and mother.
Pakistani food is influenced by some of the world’s greatest cuisines. With a rich coastline, it enjoys spiced seafood and amazing fish dishes; while its borders with Iran, Afghanistan, India and China ensure strong Arabic, Persian and varied Asian flavours. Sumayya brings these together beautifully showcasing the exotic yet achievable recipes of Pakistan.
SUMAYYA USMANI was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and has lived in the UK for 10 years, first in London and now in Glasgow, Scotland. Always passionate about her heritage cuisine, she has grown up cooking the food she knows as Pakistani with the women of her family, and this kindled her love for cooking from an early age. Sumayya read her Masters in Law and practiced as solicitor for 15 years, while still writing recipes on her own website mytamarindkitchen.com and regularly contributing to UK and international food publications such as The Guardian, Delicious and BBC Good Food and has been featured in The New York Times and International Herald Tribune. She also teaches cookery classes in London’s Divertimenti Cookery School and many other cookery schools across the country. Sumayya decided to pursue her food career full-time and is now a freelance food writer and teacher. Find out more about Sumayya at sumayyausmani.com
"This book is a treasure. Charm, information and what Sumayya calls ‘the flavour of my Pakistani heritage’ permeates every single recipe. It's an excellent book both for armchair-reading and for its detailed recipes."
"...as soon as I'd turned the first page and started reading I felt myself instantly drawn in."
"Sumayya's words bring to life the aromas of her exquisite recipes, as well as the story of a little-known culinary heritage. It's wonderful to discover the world of Pakistani food and andaza (sensory cooking) in this perfect cookbook."
"My favourite sort of cookbook: personal, beautiful and full of things I want to eat."
"Sumayya Usmani has produced a book that balances her personal experience and recollections of a life in Pakistan with the food of that nation, and it’s a captivating and authentic view, supported by beautiful and fragile photography, a view that will teach, guide, and make you wish you could be there."
"Cookbook to Covet...fascinating, visually appealing and filled with tales, childhood memories and plenty of insight into inspiring, traditional dishes from Pakistan”