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She could cook for more than 50 people at a time! W riting about women achievers who broke the glass ceiling would not be possible without the mention of S Meenakshi Ammal. This gritty lady wrote and published her first cookbook — Samaithu Paar Cook and See in ! Published almost seventy years ago, the book is a repository of traditional recipes cooked in a typical Brahmin household. Meenakshi Ammal wrote this book at a time when a cookbook was unheard of and Indian women did not write much. A two-year-old son, a mother-in-law, and a seven-year-old brother-in-law, Meenakshi Ammal embraced all her responsibilities without getting overwhelmed by them.

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She could cook for more than 50 people at a time! W riting about women achievers who broke the glass ceiling would not be possible without the mention of S Meenakshi Ammal. This gritty lady wrote and published her first cookbook — Samaithu Paar Cook and See in ! Published almost seventy years ago, the book is a repository of traditional recipes cooked in a typical Brahmin household. Meenakshi Ammal wrote this book at a time when a cookbook was unheard of and Indian women did not write much.

A two-year-old son, a mother-in-law, and a seven-year-old brother-in-law, Meenakshi Ammal embraced all her responsibilities without getting overwhelmed by them. She had her one key strength — her amazing cooking skills — and the confidence to back them. Bit by bit, she built her life through sheer hard work. Since , Priya has been running the publication along with her father-in-law, who managed it until then. In those days, there was no option of outside catering, or eating out, so everything had to be self-made.

Relatives would often call Meenakshi Ammal for help with cooking during festivals or other family gatherings. It was her uncle, K V Krishnaswami Iyer, a well-known lawyer in Chennai, who encouraged her to write the recipes and publish a book for the family members.

There were many detractors along the way, but what kept her going was perhaps her passion for food and the unflinching support she got from her uncle. He believed that there was a market for her books. The first book was not an instant hit.

In those days, there was no marketing and social media. Young brides used to book trunk calls to speak to Meenakshi Ammal for help in cooking. So in a sense, the book she published came as a boon to many people. This one rang home for me, for I had received the book as a gift, as a newly-wed setting up a new life.

It taught me that rasam no longer meant just two or three varieties, there were many different kinds. Meenakshi Ammal passed away at 56 in , so Priya never got to meet her, but everything she knows about the legend is from her father-in-law, who held his mother in high regard.

While she saw the success of the book for ten years after it was published, Meenakshi Ammal would have never imagined the extent of its success—how it made her a household name across generations. Spread Positivity : Share this story with friends. Topics Shop.

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In 1951, This Housewife Wrote a Cookbook That Made Her a Legend in Tamil Nadu!

It seems to me that S Meenakshi Ammal usually appears to one under duress. In the s Tamil Brahmins migrating overseas carried her cookbook along with a pressure cooker each, to cure homesickness with food from home. More recently, families have taken to gifting their sons the book as they leave their homes for idli-less shores. A theme of reassurance runs through this iconic cookbook from the Tamil Brahmin community.

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