Taste of Eastern India is released TODAY

Taste of Eastern India | Bengali Cuisine Cookbook | Author and Photographer Kankana Saxena

This day will not be just another day for me. Sep 18th has marked itself special in my calendar. Taste of Eastern India is released TODAY. 8 years back, if someone had told me a day such as this would come in my life, I would have thought they are crazy! But here it is, my first cookbook on Bengali food, food that I grew up eating, food that I learnt cooking from my Mom and Aunts, food that always takes me back home. I hope you enjoy this book just as much as I enjoyed writing and photographing it.

Here is a quick trailer on what to expect from Taste of Eastern India!

Bengalis have an undying love for anything delicious. We are food enthusiast and our dishes are not spicy, rather soothing and sublime. People who are not truly aware of our food style often tend to think that all we eat is fish, possibly for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Occasionally, I even faced questions that if the book has any plant based meals. The fact is, if you dig deep in our every meal, you will realize it is balanced with carb, vegetable and protein. This Bengali cookbook – Taste of Eastern India, is a culmination of a year of hard work and I wish to bring more awareness to this vibrant food culture.

Where to buy Taste of Eastern India?

The book is now available worldwide at any place that sells cookbooks or you could purchase it from the links below:


Barnes and Noble


The Book Depository 

Taste of Eastern India | Bengali Cuisine Cookbook | Author and Photographer Kankana Saxena


Let’s Start with the Basics

For the Love of Rice

Deep-Fried Goodness

Feel-Good Food

Plant- Based Main Dishes

Smack Your Palate

Sweet Tooth

Snack and Sip

Playful Cooking

Essential Ingredients Used in Bengali Cooking

It has a total of 84 recipes including 35 vegetarian dishes and a chapter dedicated to pure vegetarian (no garlic or onion) plant-based main course. With an array of recipes from vegetarian to non-vegetarian dishes, street foods, snacks, drinks, comfort hearty food, desserts and some long-lost dishes, there is something for every person to indulge on.

Taste of Eastern India | Bengali Cuisine Cookbook | Author and Photographer Kankana Saxena


I would love to see your creations. So, please use the hash tag #tasteofeasternindia and share on social media. If you want to blog about it, please go ahead and share me the link. I would be more than happy to link back. Also, positive reviews on Amazon really help the author!

Through this book, I hope to bring out the essence of Bengal. I hope these dishes will inspire you to cook and that you will enjoy this cuisine as much as I do.

Taste of Eastern India | Bengali Cuisine Cookbook | Author and Photographer Kankana Saxena

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  • Aparna somani
    September 19, 2018 at 2:28 AM

    Outstanding !!! Will be buying it asap. All the best and Cheers!!

    • Kankana Saxena
      September 19, 2018 at 2:25 PM

      Thanks so much Aparna 🙂 It means a lot!

  • Meg | Meg is Well
    September 19, 2018 at 8:29 AM

    I just ordered my copy, I can’t wait for it to come in the mail! Congratulations again!

    • Kankana Saxena
      September 19, 2018 at 2:25 PM

      Thanks Meg, I am so glad you are grabbing a copy! I am absolutely looking forward to see your creation 🙂

  • Lisa Conner
    September 19, 2018 at 8:37 AM

    Congratulations Kankana, what an accomplishment. It looks beautiful, can’t wait for my order to get here! Best Wishes!

    • Kankana Saxena
      September 19, 2018 at 2:26 PM

      Thank you Lisa! It does feel amazing to see this dream come true 🙂 I am looking forward to see your creation.

  • Bhumika Udernani
    September 19, 2018 at 8:49 AM

    This is such a proud moment -as much for you as for those who’ve supported you through this journey. Looking forward to ordering my copy soon! Best wishes!!

    • Kankana Saxena
      September 19, 2018 at 2:27 PM

      You are so sweet Bhumika, those words means so much to me. Thank you for your constant support 🙂

  • Glenda Hubble
    October 4, 2018 at 1:25 AM

    Congratulations all the way from Perth Australia. Well done. It looks divine!

  • Anindya Sundar Basu
    October 4, 2018 at 8:20 AM

    Congratulations Kankana. Like many of your readers, I have also been waiting for this day and what a book this has been, wishing you all the best for the book and also looking forward to the next one now. Any plans of launch of this in #Kolkata ?

  • Simone
    October 7, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Kankana! I was browing the broken links on my site and found one for sunshine and smiles. Now of course I knew you changed names and all since I still follow you on facebook, but it’s been ages since I was here. I knew the book was coming up but hadn’t ordered it yet. It’s also available in the Dutch bookstore online, so I just ordered myself a copy. Now I have to wait for 10 days but I’m sure it is worth it. How are things with you?