JD in the Kitchen: Indian Sweet Snacks by Jasmine Daya | Book Review

What The Publishers Say About JD In The Kitchen

Jasmine Daya is a seasoned home cook who loves creating sweet treats while collaborating in the kitchen with her mother, Shan. In her third cookbook, Daya shares recipes for delicious Indian sweet snacks with East African influences that include almond halva (a special occasion dish), coconut ladwa (an Indian macaroon), crushed bundhi ladwa (a soft, delightful treat often given at weddings), jalebi (a festive sticky treat known for its bright color and immense sweetness), pera (a saffron flavored snack), thepla (an Indian cookie that pairs perfectly with an afternoon cup of tea), and many more recipes for satisfying concoctions that tantalize the taste buds while comforting the soul. JD in the Kitchen: Indian Sweet Snacks is a collection of easy-to-follow recipes that will guide home cooks of all ages to create tasty treats that will leave their guests content and wanting more.

What I Say About JD In The Kitchen

At first glance, JD In the Kitchen is an attractive package – not many cookbooks I have seen printed with pink covers and so this was immediately distinctive and instantly appealing to check out. As an amateur gourmand myself, I enjoy trying to recreate restaurant dishes at home, and yet I have never tried to prepare an Indian dessert. Whatever qualms have kept me from trying before, the small size of this cookbook perhaps made it less overwhelming to try something.

The beautiful pink-ringed book contains 31 options for sweets and I scanned through them all, looking to see whether I would recognize something that I already love or find new desserts to try. There were a few ingredients that initially seemed to be but a quick internet search revealed that the 2 cups of jaggery required for peanut brittle (or Jugu Paak as JD calls it), would not require a trip to a specialty store, since jaggery is just the local term for cane sugar in East Africa. I love that these seem like recipes I could adjust to fit whatever ingredients are easily accessible.

I also thoroughly appreciate the fact that every recipe was accompanied by a picture and often a written description, so that there would be a reference point for how the finished dish should look, something that is especially useful when trying to recreate something from print instructions. Recipes that called for specialty tools, also had a note in the photo description, another tip I found extremely considerate.

The recipes that the author chose to include in this collection were not limited to what I thought was standard Indian faire and in fact, surpassed my expectations in interest and variety. A home cook can find a recipe here that could be adjusted to fit any meal so I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone wanting to try something different.

About The Book

  • Title: JD in the Kitchen: Indian Sweet Snacks
  • Author: Jasmine Daya
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu Publishing Services
  • Publication Date: January 22, 2020

About The Author

Jasmine Daya is the mother of three children and a practicing lawyer.  She is passionate about her work, life and children but doing it all means that her day starts early and ends late.  Jasmine decided to start a blog to share how she balances spending quality time with her children every day while accomplishing her career goals, enjoying time with friends and having a little time to herself in the hopes that aspiring young women can realize that they too can have it all.

Find out more about her at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Note: I received a complimentary copy of JD In The Kitchen courtesy of the author Jasmine Daya, and TLC Book Tours, in exchange for providing an honest review. I was not otherwise compensated and the above represents my unbiased reactions to the best of my ability.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sara Strand says:

    I really LOVE when a cookbook comes spiral bound! Anything else is so hard to use (at least in my case). Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours


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