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TouchWood Editions Spring 2020

A Spicy Touch
Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen
By (author): Noorbanu Nimji By (author): Karen Anderson
Noorbanu Nimji , Karen Anderson


TouchWood Editions



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paper over boards
Hardcover , Paper over boards


General Trade
Jun 09, 2020
$40.00 CAD


9.75in x 7.75 x 1 in | 1 gr

Page Count:

328 pages


colour photographs and illustrations throughout
TouchWood Editions
COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / Indian & South Asian

Mouth-watering Indo–East African dishes that will become instant classics for home cooks.

A Spicy Touch is Noorbanu Nimji’s celebration of her North Indian Ismaili Muslim ancestry and the East African cuisine from her homeland in Kenya. Noorbanu collaborates with food writer and tour operator Karen Anderson to present more than 200 time-tested family favourites and new recipes.

With beautiful photographs, the book takes the home cook step by step through soups and snacks, samosa-wrapping, three chapters of main dishes (including Noorbanu’s famous Butter Chicken and Beef Nihari), a dedicated chapter on Indian tandoori grilling, vegetables, daal, Indian breads and rice dishes, chutneys and specialty Indian sweets. Learn how to make:

  • Bhajias – chickpea flour vegetable pakoras
  • Kuka Paka – chicken, eggs and potatoes in a subtly spiced coconut cream
  • Chana wagharia – chickpeas and eggplant in a spicy tamarind sauce
  • Bharazi and mandazi – pigeon pea curry with East African coconut donuts
  • Badam Pak – a creamy cardamom and almond fudge
  • And many more

Many recipes are vegetarian and/or gluten-free and all original recipes have been re-tested and rewritten to reflect the increased availability of ingredients today. With an extended section on pantry items, and tips and techniques that can only come from a master, readers will feel the authors at their side while they prepare the 200+ recipes. Welcome Noorbanu into your kitchen and find out for yourself why she’s considered the expert in her field by people all over the world.

Noorbanu Nimji is an East African Ismaili Muslim with ancestral roots in Northern India. Her family moved to Canada in 1974. Soon after her arrival in Calgary, Noorbanu was asked to teach cooking to youth in the local Ismaili community. She taught for a decade before beginning to publish her recipes. She self-published three cookbooks prior to beginning the manuscript for A Spicy Touch, with sales of over 250,000 copies.

Karen Anderson is the owner of Alberta Food Tours Inc. and co-author of the guidebook Food Artisans of Alberta. She has led seven tours to India and has cooked with chefs all over the country. Since 2006, she has worked with Noorbanu Nimji, testing recipes and teaching Indian cooking classes.

Media + Publicity:
  • Baseline media outreach to Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Vancouver Courier,, National Post, Globe and Mail, Style at Home, ZOOMER, Culinaire, The Tomato, Avenue Calgary, Avenue Edmonton, EAT, Western Living, Prairie Books Now, Grains West, Chatelaine, Canadian Living, Flare, CBC's Alberta at Noon, CBC’s The Homestretch, CBC’s Calgary Eye-Opener, CBC’s Edmonton AM, Global Morning News Calgary, Breakfast Television Calgary, CTV Morning Live Calgary, More than Maple Syrup podcast, Eat North, Vitamin Daily
  • Outreach to food bloggers such as Erin Scott, Julie Van Rosendaal, Karlynn Johnston, Renee Kohlman, Jenny Jack, etc…
  • Direct marketing to Ismaili community and organizations
  • Festival submissions to Edmonton LitFest, St. Albert StarFest, Lethbridge Word on the Street
Marketing + Promo:
  • Regional and subject-specific print features, excerpts and review coverage
  • Subject-specific print features, excerpts and review coverage
  • Blogger outreach, online ads and social media campaigns
  • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements
  • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
  • Electronic blads
  • Excerpts available
Marketing + Promo Deliverables
  • Electronic blad / sampler
  • Recipe excerpts available
  • Press release
  • Postcard
  • Poster
BISAC Codes:
  • CKB044000 COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / Indian & South Asian
  • CKB001000 COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / African
  • CKB031000 COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / General
BISAC Regional Themes
  • India
  • Kenya
BISAC Merchandising Themes
THEMA Subject Codes
  • WBN National, regional & ethnic cuisine
  • WBJ Vegetarian Cookery
THEMA Place Qualifiers
  • 1HFGK Kenya
  • 1FKA-IN-JG Gujarat

For more information contact
[email protected]

"The brief time I’ve spent in the kitchen with Noorbanu and Karen generated memories that will last a lifetime. Watching Noorbanu cook was exceptional. Her food creates comfort and intrigue in a perfectly delicious package."

- Julie Van Rosendaal, bestselling cookbook author and CBC radio columnist

"A Spicy Touch is the most beautiful, interesting, easy to follow, historical and inviting cookbook I have ever seen. What joy it will bring to so many people. I am so excited for Noorbanu and Karen to have completed this amazing journey and project together. There’s so much love in this cookbook. I can’t wait to own a copy and get started cooking the delicious Indian dishes right here in my own kitchen. Bravo!"

- Shelley Adams, author of Whitewater Cooks

"I grew up in India with my family cooking and me learning just by being there. I am in awe of my mother, aunties and grandmothers and am blessed that they made me who I am today. I realize how fortunate I am since learning to cook from close family members is increasingly rare. That is why I have tremendous respect for Noorbanu Nimji. Noorbanu’s voice as a teacher and cookbook author is just like that of an Indian mother lovingly sharing family favourites with her children."

- Vikram Vij, bestselling cookbook author and renowned restaurateur

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