East London local Sharma Boy recently launched a new recipe book, Granny’s Kitchen, in memory of her son who passed away at the age of 31.
“It was my way of keeping him alive,” Boy said.
“Every time for six months when I cooked, I thought of him. It would really touch me.
“He always loved my cooking,” she said. “And 99% of the recipes in this book were his favourites.”
The name for the book came from her interactions with her children and grandchildren.
“As my children got married and had kids, they all started were calling me Granny,” she said.
“They were always saying ‘go sit by Granny’, and it was always ‘Granny’s kitchen’.”
For Boy, cooking was something she grew has grown up with.
“We grew up with helping grannies in the kitchen,” she said. “It’s a norm, especially in the Indian community.”
It was in this environment that her love for cooking grew.
“It’s a passion, cooking and creating dishes,” said Boy.
Readers don’t have to be master chefs to enjoy Boy’s book. “It’s very basic cooking,” she said. “Anybody can cook it.”