An Invitation To Indian Cooking By Madhur Jaffrey

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0120210201Madhur Jaffrey is a well-known writer and performer, whose work was seminal in introducing Indian and Asian cooking to the USA and UK. Her first cookbook, An Invitation to Indian Cooking, was an instant hit, in 1973.

By then, Ms Jaffrey was already a Broadway name, living in New York. The Jaffreys' dinner parties were hugely popular, in part because of Madhur’s wonderful cooking, and attended by many celebrities, such as Merchant and Ivory. She made her name from her family recipes, sent by her mother in letters from home, and their enthusiastic reception culminated in An Invitation to Indian Cooking.

Leading dramatist Anjum Malik has used this iconic cookbook to create a drama series charting how the book came about but, just as importantly, mapping Ms Jaffrey’s acting career, from her childhood love of acting, through training at RADA, and on to her success in global cinema, winning the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her performance in Shakespeare Wallah, at the Berlin Film Festival in 1965.

The drama stars Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife, The Fall) as Madhur and Raj Ghatak as Ismail Merchant, her close friend and professional colleague.

Episode 1:
Madhur Jaffrey takes us back to her childhood in Delhi, where her love of food was equalled by her love of acting, with Marlon Brando her cinematic role model.

Producer Polly Thomas and independent production company Somethin’ Else have been turning cookery books into popular audio drama for BBC Radio 4 since 2014. The first was Nigel Slater’s funny, poignant food memoir, Eating for England starring Celia Imrie and Julian Rhind Tutt. That was followed by A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe with Jaime Winstone and June Whitfield, Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain starring Michael Esper, and A Book of Middle Eastern Cooking by Claudia Roden starring Tracy Ann Oberman.

Cast:
Madhur Jaffrey………………………………….Archie Panjabi
Ismail Merchant………………………………...Raj Ghatak
Kashmiran Rani (Madhur’s mother)…………...Balvinder Sopal
Mrs McKelvie………………………….. ……..Rina Mahoney

Dramatist………………………………….Anjum Malik
Production Co ordinator………………..Darren Spruce
Producer…………………………………Polly Thomas
Executive Producer……………………..Darby Dorras

A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

Drama about the first cookery book by groundbreaking Indian actress, Madhur Jaffrey.

0220210202Madhur Jaffrey is a well-known writer and performer, whose work was seminal in introducing Indian and Asian cooking to the USA and UK. Her first cookbook, An Invitation to Indian Cooking, was an instant hit, in 1973.

By then, Ms Jaffrey was already a Broadway name, living in New York. The Jaffreys' dinner parties were hugely popular, in part because of Madhur’s wonderful cooking, and attended by many celebrities, such as Merchant and Ivory. She made her name from her family recipes, sent by her mother in letters from home, and their enthusiastic reception culminated in An Invitation to Indian Cooking.

Leading dramatist Anjum Malik has used this iconic cookbook to create a drama series charting how the book came about but, just as importantly, mapping Ms Jaffrey’s acting career, from her childhood love of acting, through training at RADA, and on to her success in global cinema, winning the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her performance in Shakespeare Wallah, at the Berlin Film Festival in 1965.

The drama stars Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife, The Fall) as Madhur and Raj Ghatak as Ismail Merchant, her close friend and professional colleague.

Episode 2:
Madhur Jaffrey goes to London in 1965, winning a scholarship to RADA. She loves acting but is homesick, and very underwhelmed by pallid English food. She starts cooking at her digs, following her mother’s hand written recipes.

Producer Polly Thomas and independent production company Somethin’ Else have been turning cookery books into popular audio drama for BBC Radio 4 since 2014. The first was Nigel Slater’s funny, poignant food memoir, Eating for England starring Celia Imrie and Julian Rhind Tutt. That was followed by A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe with Jaime Winstone and June Whitfield, Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain starring Michael Esper, and A Book of Middle Eastern Cooking by Claudia Roden starring Tracy Ann Oberman.

Cast:
Madhur Jaffrey………………………………….Archie Panjabi
Ismail Merchant………………………………...Raj Ghatak
Kashmiran Rani (Madhur’s mother)…………...Balvinder Sopal
Fiona Jones / Bianche Go…………………..……..Rina Mahoney

Dramatist………………………………….Anjum Malik
Production Co ordinator………………..Darren Spruce
Producer…………………………………Polly Thomas
Executive Producer……………………..Darby Dorras

A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

Drama about the first cookery book by groundbreaking Indian actress, Madhur Jaffrey.

0320210203Madhur Jaffrey is a well-known writer and performer, whose work was seminal in introducing Indian and Asian cooking to the USA and UK. Her first cookbook, An Invitation to Indian Cooking, was an instant hit, in 1973.

By then, Ms Jaffrey was already a Broadway name, living in New York. The Jaffreys' dinner parties were hugely popular, in part because of Madhur’s wonderful cooking, and attended by many celebrities, such as Merchant and Ivory. She made her name from her family recipes, sent by her mother in letters from home, and their enthusiastic reception culminated in An Invitation to Indian Cooking.

Leading dramatist Anjum Malik has used this iconic cookbook to create a drama series charting how the book came about but, just as importantly, mapping Ms Jaffrey’s acting career, from her childhood love of acting, through training at RADA, and on to her success in global cinema, winning the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her performance in Shakespeare Wallah, at the Berlin Film Festival in 1965.

The drama stars Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife, The Fall) as Madhur and Raj Ghatak as Ismail Merchant, her close friend and professional colleague.

Episode 3:
Madhur Jaffrey finds herself in New York, working on Broadway, married and starting a family. She begins a lifelong friendship with Ismail Merchant and together they start to make ambitious plans for the film Shakespeare Wallah.

Producer Polly Thomas and independent production company Somethin’ Else have been turning cookery books into popular audio drama for BBC Radio 4 since 2014. The first was Nigel Slater’s funny, poignant food memoir, Eating for England starring Celia Imrie and Julian Rhind Tutt. That was followed by A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe with Jaime Winstone and June Whitfield, Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain starring Michael Esper, and A Book of Middle Eastern Cooking by Claudia Roden starring Tracy Ann Oberman.

Cast:
Madhur Jaffrey………………………………….Archie Panjabi
Ismail Merchant………………………………...Raj Ghatak
Kashmiran Rani (Madhur’s mother)…………...Balvinder Sopal

Dramatist………………………………….Anjum Malik
Production Co ordinator………………..Darren Spruce
Producer…………………………………Polly Thomas
Executive Producer……………………..Darby Dorras

A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

Drama about the first cookery book by groundbreaking Indian actress, Madhur Jaffrey.

0420210204Madhur Jaffrey is a well-known writer and performer, whose work was seminal in introducing Indian and Asian cooking to the USA and UK. Her first cookbook, An Invitation to Indian Cooking, was an instant hit, in 1973.

By then, Ms Jaffrey was already a Broadway name, living in New York. The Jaffreys' dinner parties were hugely popular, in part because of Madhur’s wonderful cooking, and attended by many celebrities, such as Merchant and Ivory. She made her name from her family recipes, sent by her mother in letters from home, and their enthusiastic reception culminated in An Invitation to Indian Cooking.

Leading dramatist Anjum Malik has used this iconic cookbook to create a drama series charting how the book came about but, just as importantly, mapping Ms Jaffrey’s acting career, from her childhood love of acting, through training at RADA, and on to her success in global cinema, winning the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her performance in Shakespeare Wallah, at the Berlin Film Festival in 1965.

The drama stars Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife, The Fall) as Madhur and Raj Ghatak as Ismail Merchant, her close friend and professional colleague.

Episode 4:
Madhur Jaffrey returns to her family in India, as her divorce is finalised. While there, she films Shakespeare Wallah with Merchant and Ivory. Its success at the Berlin Film Festival heralds an exciting fresh start for her.

Producer Polly Thomas and independent production company Somethin’ Else have been turning cookery books into popular audio drama for BBC Radio 4 since 2014. The first was Nigel Slater’s funny, poignant food memoir, Eating for England starring Celia Imrie and Julian Rhind Tutt. That was followed by A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe with Jaime Winstone and June Whitfield, Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain starring Michael Esper, and A Book of Middle Eastern Cooking by Claudia Roden starring Tracy Ann Oberman.

Cast:
Madhur Jaffrey………………………………….Archie Panjabi
Ismail Merchant………………………………...Raj Ghatak
Kashmiran Rani (Madhur’s mother)…………...Balvinder Sopal

Dramatist………………………………….Anjum Malik
Production Co ordinator………………..Darren Spruce
Producer…………………………………Polly Thomas
Executive Producer……………………..Darby Dorras

A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

Drama about the first cookery book by groundbreaking Indian actress, Madhur Jaffrey.

0520210205Madhur Jaffrey is a well-known writer and performer, whose work was seminal in introducing Indian and Asian cooking to the USA and UK. Her first cookbook, An Invitation to Indian Cooking, was an instant hit, in 1973.

By then, Ms Jaffrey was already a Broadway name, living in New York. The Jaffreys' dinner parties were hugely popular, in part because of Madhur’s wonderful cooking, and attended by many celebrities, such as Merchant and Ivory. She made her name from her family recipes, sent by her mother in letters from home, and their enthusiastic reception culminated in An Invitation to Indian Cooking.

Leading dramatist Anjum Malik has used this iconic cookbook to create a drama series charting how the book came about but, just as importantly, mapping Ms Jaffrey’s acting career, from her childhood love of acting, through training at RADA, and on to her success in global cinema, winning the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her performance in Shakespeare Wallah, at the Berlin Film Festival in 1965.

The drama stars Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife, The Fall) as Madhur and Raj Ghatak as Ismail Merchant, her close friend and professional colleague.

Episode 5:
When acting work is slow, despite her recent Berlin festival triumph, Madhur starts writing about Indian food for magazines, to make money. An interview with legendary food critic Craig Claiborne changes everything.

Producer Polly Thomas and independent production company Somethin’ Else have been turning cookery books into popular audio drama for BBC Radio 4 since 2014. The first was Nigel Slater’s funny, poignant food memoir, Eating for England starring Celia Imrie and Julian Rhind Tutt. That was followed by A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe with Jaime Winstone and June Whitfield, Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain starring Michael Esper, and A Book of Middle Eastern Cooking by Claudia Roden starring Tracy Ann Oberman.

Cast:
Madhur Jaffrey………………………………….Archie Panjabi
Ismail Merchant………………………………...Raj Ghatak
Craig Claiborne………………………………...Martin T Sherman

Dramatist………………………………….Anjum Malik
Production Co ordinator………………..Darren Spruce
Producer…………………………………Polly Thomas
Executive Producer……………………..Darby Dorras

A Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

Drama about the first cookery book by groundbreaking Indian actress, Madhur Jaffrey.