most celebrated cookbook author, not only founded the largest
publishing house of Cookbooks in
India but is also the force behind a successful chain of Cooking
Academies. And all this in just a few years!
was always passionate about cooking and thus experimented often at
home, trying out new recipes for family and friends. Seeing the
appreciation she received for her cooking, she decided to put her
talent to use. She started taking Ice cream classes at home. The
response to her classes was tremendous! Eager students kept pouring
in to learn the unusual ice creams which Nita taught like the Mocha
ice cream, Mint, Choco-chip, etc which were a new fad in those days.
Later she introduced other courses like Multicuisne, Baking, Chinese.
Encouraged by her students' demand for new recipes, Nita Mehta
decided to write a Cookbook. Nita worked hard on the book, penning
recipes late into the night, after completing her household chores.
After a full year of grueling hard work, Nita's book was complete.
she was in for a rude shock. There were no publishers willing to
publish her cookbook! The market, in those days was dominated by the
foreign books with their glossy pictures and printing. Nita almost
approached all publishers in town to get her books published, but
failed! Not the one to be deterred, Nita decided to publish the book
herself. With no experience and lack of finance, with just as faith
as her friend, Nita set up her publishing house SNAB PUBLISHERS to
publish her first Cookbook. Her first Cookbook was 'Vegetarian
Wonders' which was an average success. But real success came
calling for her in the form of her second book 'Paneer all the
way'. After that she has produced many best sellers and has not
looked back. Today, her Publishing House has published over 400
cookbooks which have sold over 5 million books, making her one of the
best selling authors of all times. Many of Nita's Cookbooks have
also won International Awards. Her Cookbooks are not only sold in
India but also in USA, UK, Canada, South Africa, Singapore and the
Middle East. Some of Nita's Cookbooks have been translated into the
Arabic language and also many regional languages of India.
Mehta is a home science graduate from Lady Irwin College, Delhi
University and a Gold Medalist in M.Sc. (Food & Nutrition). She
has authored more than 300 books on various topics including more
than 350 best selling cookery books. Her book "Flavours
of INDIAN COOKING" won
Asian Cookbook Award at
the Versailles (Paris) World Cookbook Fair. Three of her
other books have also won international awards
Oil Cookbook, awarded as Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook
Cookbook, awarded as Best Chocolate Cookbook
for Growing Children, awarded as Best Cookbook for Children &
a span of a few years, over 5 million Nita Mehta cookbooks have been
sold. The secret of her success is her thorough & meticulous
approach towards her books.
Mehta has done cooking programmes for various TV channels and has
conducted cooking classes in USA, UK, Canada and several
also has several cooking institutes under the name of "Nita
Mehta Cooking Classes" in New Delhi (India), where she has
trained several thousand aspiring individuals into expert cooks.
In addition, she creates recipes for food-related companies around
Mehta's constant interaction with women also made her realize
the need for value based books for Children. This thought
gave birth to NITA MEHTA PUBLICATIONS, a publishing house
producing exquisite Children Books. In this endeavour, she was
supported by her son Anurag, who is also the CEO of her Publishing
call has always been to make life more enriching for women,
whether it is cooking or giving values to children. This thought
gives purpose to my life and keeps my passion alive."
future plans for Nita Mehta Group include the launching of a
Monthly Magazine and a chain of Restaurants.