At our station at the Make-O-Rama we presented a variety of items. One of our items was Oceane’s computer where we displayed the preview of our cookbook. The students were able to scroll through the book, look at some of our recipes and pictures, and see some of our health benefits and insights into the dishes. Anjali and I also brought in two dishes from two different regions of India to give away as samples to the students or teachers that stopped by our table. One of the samples was a drink called Mango Lassi. It was extremely popular: everyone loved the sweet refreshing taste of mango. I brought in a West Indian dish from the state of Gujarat called Bataka nu Shaak. It consists of sliced potatoes with a variety of spices and seasonings. Many people told us that they loved the little spice kick they felt at the end after taking a bite. Everyone was super excited at the notion of being able to purchase our cookbook online (particularly one of our teachers, Ms. Dadmehr). They were also extremely happy that we would be selling it on iBooks for free!
With that in mind, I believe the extent of this project will be publishing it on iBooks (hopefully Apple will accept our cookbook and it will be available soon). I had an amazing time learning how to cook a wide variety of Indian dishes and compiling it in a way that will allow it to be distributed to many people. However, I don’t see myself making millions off of this publication. I think it was a great learning experience because I worked with a new software that I can use again in the future if need be.
At the beginning of this project, Anjali, Oceane, and I had many different ideas for the format of our cookbook. Our final project is very different from our initial brainstorming sessions. In the beginning, we wanted to create a cookbook for every region, but with breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes for each. We also wanted to create a physical cookbook. We were going to learn how to bind a book and would print our recipes into the book. However, we wanted to be able to distribute our book to many people. With only one physical book, we wouldn’t have been able to do that. With the help of iBooks, we will be able to distribute our cookbook to whoever would like to read it. I am glad that we are able to share our work with others.
If I was able to go back to the beginning of this project, I would tell myself that we need to plan in advance all of our cooking days. On the days that we went off campus to cook some of our dishes, we felt extremely rushed. We needed to get the ingredients, cook the food, clean up, bring it back, and have people taste our dishes. It was hectic and difficult. That would be the only thing I would change if I had a second chance.
Our group has worked extremely hard on this cookbook. None of us had any extensive knowledge of Indian cooking and cuisine; Oceane hadn’t even tried Indian food before! I am proud of the dishes we have included in our cookbook and I am happy with how they turned out. All three of us learned valuable skills that we can take away into our adult lives. I would give us a 95 as a grade. We made mistakes along the way, but our end product was quality work and it shows how hard we have worked for the past three months.
This project was difficult, but very fun. I really enjoyed our class field trips, cooking, and testing our food on our fellow classmates. I look forward to seeing our cookbook in iBooks and hopefully it can be of use to people who want to cook some amazing Indian food!