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“An Evening with…” International Award-Winning Cookbook Author Shubhra Ramineni

-A Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page Program-

WHAT: Houston Public Library’s “An Evening with…” author program series presents international award-winning cookbook author of “Entice with Spice,” Shubhra Ramineni. She will be a special guest speaker for the Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page Library program. Ramineni will be delighting Library customers as she talks about her savory Indian meals and easy to make recipes found in her cookbook.

This event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 6 PM

WHERE: Central Library, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313

About the Cookbook…“Entice with Spice”
“Entice with Spice” is an easy-to-follow award-winning cookbook that shows Indian food enthusiasts how to prepare delicious meals at home without spending hours in the kitchen. A first generation Indian-American, Ramineni, has developed a no-fuss cooking style that recreates authentic Indian flavors using easy techniques, and fresh and easily available ingredients. She gives explanations, from terminology to spice mixtures, and gives tips for preparing ingredients.

The cookbook contains nearly 100 recipes with helpful photographs—from samosa to naan and mouthwatering curries—for easy-to-make versions of popular dishes from all over India. Throughout this practical book Ramineni shares tricks and short cuts she learned from her mother, who is from northern India; her mother-in-law, who is from southern India; family members in India, and professional chefs in the U.S.

Ramineni’s “Entice with Spice” cookbook has received several international awards such as: the Best Culinary Spices Cookbook, 1st place Gold Ribbon Cordon d’Or International Culinary Academy Awards, 2011 in Florida, USA; Best Indian Cuisine Cookbook in the United States, 1st place Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2010 in Madrid, Spain, and Best Indian Cuisine Cookbook in the World, 4th place Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2010 in Paris, France.

About Shubhra Ramineni
Ramineni is a first generation Indian-American raised in Houston, TX. She grew up enjoying healthy, traditional Indian food and learned to cook from her mother, an excellent home cook and a professional dietitian. Determined to eat well despite her busy schedule as a chemical engineer with an MBA, Ramineni set out to adapt traditional Indian recipes for the lifestyles of today’s professionals.

The result is her creating dozens of delicious, easy-to-prepare Indian recipes using easy to find ingredients and everyday cookware, all without sacrificing the authenticity of the taste. She teaches Indian cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma, Central Market, Sur La Table, Whole Foods Market and Rice Epicurean stores in Houston and Los Angeles. Ramineni is also a contributor to Greenista, a blog for fashionistas, with a green conscience, in which she shares her recipes and ideas for a green eating lifestyle. She lives in Houston, TX with her husband and their baby girl.

About Gulf Coast Reads
Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page is citywide reading initiative from September 1 through Friday, September 30, 2011. The book selected for this year’s program is “One Amazing Thing”by internationally-renowned author Chitra Divakaruni. This book was selected because it shows that culturally diverse people can come together during their collective struggle to overcome adversity. All events to be presented are free and open to the public.

For a list of HPL programs visit, call 832-393-1313 or pick up a resource guide at any HPL neighborhood library.

For a complete list of Gulf Coast Reads events occurring at other locations, please visit the Gulf Coast Reads official site:

Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page is being presented in partnership by the Houston Public Library, Fort Bend County Libraries, Harris County Public Library, and Montgomery County Memorial Library. Additional program partners include: Bellaire Public Library, Blue Willow Bookshop, Brazoria Public Library System, Brazos Bookstore, Houston Community College, and Houston Great Books Council.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.

Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
cell 713.435.9448

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