I mean it seems to me that this book has been accepted and appreciated by a much more general readership than you might have expected perhaps five or eight years ago. It might have been more of a niche novel then. You just wrote it at the right time? Chanel:  I think certainly relations starting to open up and that has spurred a new interest in Cuba and the ability for Americans now to travel there even in limited capacities has certainly renewed that interest. But I also hope we are seeing an enthusiasm from more diverse stories and looking at more underrepresented points in history.
Jenny:  That is right. I wondered if there was any playlist that you used when you were writing. When We Left Cuba. Chanel:  I did. I do a playlist for all of my books and I actually put them up on Spotify so my readers can listen to what I was listening to when I worked on the books. I definitely listened to a lot of one of Buena Vista Social club. My grandparents lived with us and I would come home to the sound of them playing their records after school.
And it definitely made me feel like I was in another world for some time so music is a huge part of my process. Now turning to wider career. Could you tell us a little bit about your life before you became a full time writer? I studied abroad for several years for my undergrad and my masters in England. I lived in Asia and I spent a first few years of my life in the Dominican Republic. Being able to have that background has really given me a richer experience working on these books. Was that deliberate? I definitely wanted to honor the spirit of the times and that generation of men who served in World War Two and rose to political dominance at that time, like JFK, largely off of their records in the war and their public service.
Chanel:  I delved much deeper into that world. I did not anticipate when I really first conceptualized the book having Beatrix be so involved in the espionage and having such a close relationship with the CIA. So is there a quite a lot of the CIA material from those years which is now available for public scrutiny?
Chanel:  Yes there is. Jenny:  Sure. Chanel:  You know I definitely think there is an element of luck. I tell everyone that. Definitely the Reese pick was a huge opportunity for me. I think having a passion for books is important to any writer. This is a career where certainly you have ups and downs and having that passion sustain you through the downs is incredibly important. Being someone that hopefully publishers and agents like to work with and having professional relationships with other authors that are beneficial and that grow you as a writer.
Perhaps then just focusing on the craft and reading as much as possible and writing as much as possible. I really think that the more you hold your craft you know the better results you see at the end. Jenny:  Sure sure. Are you a workaholic personality? I read every night pretty much before I go to bed. So that brings us very nicely to the part of the show where we like to talk about the binge reading aspect. Who do you like to read?
And have you been in the past a binge reader? Chanel:  I definitely think I am.
So really very much just mood dependent. It was so beautifully crafted. Definitely a favorite read for this year if not probably one of my all time favorite books. I just finished the Winter of the Witch which was the third book in the Winternight trilogy. They started in contemporary romance and then have moved into the historical fiction area. Why do you think there is that popularity for historical fiction? And I think there are so many parallels between the past and the present that really inform readers and make for fascinating storytelling opportunities.
I was going through the recipe for eggless cookies both vanilla and saffron and found that you use plain flour. I live in the US and I could not find plain flour in the grocery anywhere. Is there a substitute for plain flour that I could use? Thank you. Hiranmayi: I'm happy to know that you like it here! Plain flour is all purpose flour.
You can also substitute it with part whole wheat flour as given in the headnotes of the recipes for a healthier version. I stumbled upon your site while searching for an eggless pumpkin pie recipe for the rapidly-approaching Thanksgiving, here in the US , and I'm so glad I did! Your site is beautiful and everything you make looks amazing. Hey there! I happend to go through your website as i was searching for that perfectly baked chocolate cake! It was just what i was looking for!
Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!! Your other recipes are also very good! Do keep up the good work :- …. Hi Anushruti, I have been silently following your blog for a long long time now. I have tried many of you wonderful dishes that turned out quite wonderfully and now I am totally hooked. I love and admire your ability to so beautifully share your secret findings with the world.
You are not only talented but you are also a very good person — i am sure you have heard that before!! My name is Mamatha and I am from Bangalore. I chanced upon your website this summer when I was searching for a mango cheesecake recipe. I tried out yours and it was a hit: And needless to say I was hooked! Since then I have tried a few of your recipes I must confess I am not really a good cook. I manage as long as I follow the recipes to a t! This year I also baked my first cake ever…. Now here's the interesting part…one of the people who tasted the cake was my niece Chaitra.
I told her I got the recipe from your website and it turns out that she is a friend of your brother! In fact she even sent him an sms right away. What a wonderful coincidence: I have been meaning to write to you ever since but finally got around to it now. I really want to thank you for the great recipes you post: And your superb photographs too! Mamatha: Nice to hear from you! I do vaguely remember my brother mentioning something. So happy you had success with my recipes. Look forward to hearing more from you.
Hi Anu, I am not one of the best cooks, nor have i an incling to it. Since my hubby is a foodie and my lil one has her dad's taste buds, i am managing to somewhat cook now. Baking has been a remote adventure until now, when i have to make a "princess" eggless cake for the princess. I just love the way you explain things with your pics… Wish you all the best and keep up the "divine" work.. Sari: Thank you for your sweet note. I'm so happy to of help to you.
All the very best to you and I look forward to hearing from you. Anushruti, Hi, let us see if you can place who I am. We have met and I have tasted your wonderful food. I wanted to gift my husband something special today, and Thank God I just found your website "Divine Taste"and forwarded it to him right now. Both he and I love to cook and love vegetarian food. So this is a good website I found today. Thank You. The website looks interesting and very well presented. I haven't gone through it yet, but am very sure it will be full of wonderful very tasty recipes.
I will tell you which recipes I liked after I go through them. Good Luck and keep up the good work.
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Hi anushruti, I'am a per son who believe food is divine. This is with us in all our moods. Jus dropped in here today and believe me the journey was superb. Being a Kannada Brahmin can easily relate….. Thanks for making me believing in my belief more….. Kalpana aunty: I admit, I couldnt place you at first, but a quick google search revealed your identity :- , the mother of one of my dear friends Saloni!
So happy to hear from you. Thank you for your comment. I just happened to land on your site from google search and I am very happy to come across this great site. I also prefer cooking food the satwick way. I ll update you as I make any dish and add them to the blog. Iris: How nice to hear from you! Thanks for such lovely and kind words. Hope to hear more from you. Hi, Ventuno would like to provide content specific videos for your websites.
The aim is to bring in content relevance, hence impact revenue positively. Request to talk to you on the same at a convenient time. Appreciate a response. Hi Anushruthi…I came across "Divinetaste" while browsing for some special dishes for this GouriGanesha festival…. I am very very happy to come across this blog and to know about the nice recipes. I'm not offended in the least because I have been blessed with great customers over the years and they have complimented my finished products similar to the way your comments are exemplorary of your work.
As I am approaching retirment,I hope that you and other Divinetaste businesses that I have seen on the web will be contiually blessed and highly favored! Hi Anushruti your blog is a classic art piece to me as the pictures inspire me to cook the recipe instantly. Please keep blogging regularly. Hey Your gluten free recipes look good! Can you keep adding more vegetarian gluten free recipes from various other global cuisines? I was at war with my mother about milk when I was growing up, only to discover many yearslater that I'm blood type O and have a natural aversion to cow's milk.
I just came through your blog while surfing the net today. Great blog with lovely photos.
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But one great doubt I have in mind is, you have a wide range of baked stuffs over here, but how safe the microwave oven is for health. Lot of researches have prooved that you definitely get cancer by eating the foods made in microwave oven. Radiationa are highly carciniogenic in nature. Just type "Harmful health hazards of microwave oven" in google. What do you say for this and how to you justify the safety of your baked foods?
Please clarify this.. I came across 'Divine Taste' a few days back and I must confess,I am kind of hooked ever since.. You Rock!!! I have tried a lot of your recipes- blueberry muffins,rava laddoos,7 cups barfee,baked vegetables,okra and pizza.. Your recipes have always worked and worked wonders!! My husband vouches for it! Hi there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it's really informative. I'm gonna watch out for brussels. I'll be grateful if you continue this in future.
A lot of people will be benefited from your writing. Attractive component to content. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to say that I get actually loved account your weblog posts. Anyway I will be subscribing to your augment or even I fulfillment you get right of entry to persistently fast. I came across ur blog when i was browsing in the net…i liked the statement that our food intake helps us to shape ourselves…coz i too believe in the same.. Hi anu, I have been cooking the same recipes atleast for 15yrs now but never felt passionately about it till I chanced upon your site.
My functional cooking has now turned into passionate cooking. Keep writing about food, so that avid readers like me can draw inspiration from it and perform well each day where no certi ficates or diplomas showcase our achivements—only empty plates and satisfied smiles reward our work! You are now my friend, philospher and guide in an alien country. Thanks again! My wife has gone to her uncl's my in lwas house for days and now I am the king of the kitchen.
While searching I crashed into ur site. My pleasure doubled because not only I found the right recipe but also came to know that u too r Kannadiga Brahman like me. Thanks a lot. Vijaya: I'm surprised as to why I havent replied to you. I fondly cherish your words. Thank you so much for your kindness. I am Aman from pune, i am looking forward to start a jacket potato brand, i need a product developer for the same. If you can be of any help or you know someone, please let me know. Thank You Aman Talreja aman. Searching for vegetarian food came across your website.
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Awesome, All your recipe looks great. Start to try and enjoy your recipe. God bless Thanks a lot,. What's up, after reading this awesome post i am too cheerful to share my know-how here with friends. Hi Anushruti, Hope all fine at your end, why no posts from such a long time..? Missing them…:- Regards, Ashwini M Nasi. I used to receive your posts in my email. What happened? Hope all fine with you and family. Ashwini: Thank you for your interest.
Unfortunately I was involved in a project that took away time from here. Hope to rectify it soon. Hey Anushruti, Thanks for the response and so good to see the new post…way to go…Best Wishes-Ashwini. Hi I love your website, especially since it has eggless cooking.
Simple recipes, mouth-watering sweets and desserts, easy to follow instructions, lovely pictures, well done! Dear Anu, Thank you for this website. You are so beautiful and your food looks so tasty and amazingly appetizing. I will definitely remember to come back to your site again and again. I am a foodie lover living here in the U. Hi, I had sent you a message yesterday. I am sure that you are very busy. I am sorry to disturb you. Hi I m sheefali my passion for cooking found your website its so helpful n I started my work kalpnik bhoj.
Hi Anu, your recipe for Kulfi sounds very flavoursome. I just need to get some kulfi moulds and will write back with some feedback. Not many aluminium mould actually none in fact suppliers here in Australia. Will see if there's any suppliers that ship to AUstralia from India. Your website is very informative and creative with it's postings of recipies and ideas. Keep up the great work. Thanking You with whole heart dear Anushruti. One mother can only understand another mother very well.
So here you have brought up a very good work n easy effort for all mothers as well. I'm busy watching n only watching your videos than cooking. I love the way you cook n present. Apart from this the appreciation from our own children gives more happiness than from others. I guess u had this long ago the way your Hari is enjoying. Hearty Congratulations and All the Best for more Success.
Many Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!!!! I have tried many of them and all of them turned out very delicious. If you dont mind may I ask you were you buy all the gorgeous jewelry from? You look so beautiful. Shruti- Thank you for your feedback and wishes. The jewellery I wear is collected over the years from different places. I don't buy form a single source. I tried some of your baking recipes and they turned out really well. Thanks for that. I would like to request if you can also share the rusk recipe. They are one of the main things we buy in winters and it would be really awesome if we can bake it at home fresh and healthy.
Thanks in advance. I follow your blog regularly and now follow your videos. In your blog you mention about not using microwave oven, nonstick utensils etc.
I had asked this question before but my question was not approved. Hope to hear from you this time. Shilpa- Be assured, that I practice what I preach. My videos on Rajshri Food are shot in my home and I don't own a microwave oven or non stick pans. And I use Le Creuset cookware which is cast iron cookware with the beautiful black cast iron body or cast iron with enamel coating. I also use cast iron available in the Indian market. Anushruti, thank you for your recipes and wonderful photos and video. It is a pleasure to watch them.
Once I randomly browsed youtube for healthy recipes and saw one of yours videos. And I saw that you have the picture of our beloved guru Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and was even more attracted to your website. Can I ask you if you follow his teachings or it is something else that made you bring his picture on your kitchen? Oxana- Thank you for your compliments.
I follow the teaching of Prabhupada and my cooking philosophy is based on His teachings. Always will use your recipes for inspiration as there are not that many Pure Vegetarian People that freely post videos and blogs. Good Luck For The Future. Happy to have stumbled upon your wonderful blog.
Read the article on Smt and Shri Ramakrishna Hegde. Loved your write up. Hi, Accidently stumbled upon your website….. This is a goldmine for me as we are a complete veg family…. No eggs, No meat, No fish….. And Good Luck!!!! Anushruti is […]. I have been always trying your recipes i live in dubai here i have been using gas oven so I don't have much idea about microwave but since this year I'll be moving to India I would need yout sujjection and would like to know which microwave you use?
And Sisyphus, with his undying compulsion, must return to the base of the hill and start again. Meaningless, interminable, cyclical, frustrating sweat of the brow. That is the Sisyphean hell. This is life.
Both the despair of suicide and the hope of faith, say Camus, are two quite similar ways to give up—to be a loser. And giving up is lame, even though life is meaningless. It seems to me that the women in my life have and even have had , unlike Camus and the other great philosophers, no illusions concerning the reliability of their thoughts or the permanence of their deeds. So I mention this to the professor. And he says that similar points have been made by feminist analysts of the myth and of Camus. For instance, Simone de Beauvoir has this to say :. Few tasks are more similar to the torment of Sisyphus than those of the housewife; day after day, one must wash dishes, dust furniture, mend clothes that will be dirty, dusty, and torn again.
The housewife wears herself out running on the spot; she does nothing; she only perpetuates the present; she never gains the sense that she is conquering a positive Good, but struggles indefinitely against Evil. It is a struggle that begins again every day. The rock does not crush him. He turns, and goes back down the mountain, ready to begin again. How do women respond to the tediousness without being crushed?
How have they done it? How do they do it? It amazes me. Feminists of a certain sort tend to undermine the value of housewifery as a profession. And other people, right-heartedly perhaps but wrong-headedly, attempt to salvage the masculine utility of domesticity by insisting that a housewife actually does so very many jobs in the home and in fact would have to be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars per year if she were being hired for them—secretary, maid, chauffeur, private chef, baby sitter, etc.
But if they did go there like fully actualized Marxists , they might realize how silly the entire comparison is. Putting a price on everything is a peculiarly masculine method of valuation. It means everything can be owned or involves a transaction, and that is comforting to men generally though the history of monetization has not been all that friendly to women. But a prudent and competent woman—an excellent wife—is worth more than really other than riches Prov. In that sense, she is not able to be owned because she is priceless.
Only lesser women and lesser men, for that matter have a price. It certainly is, as anyone having to pay for a secretary, maid, chauffeur, private chef, or baby sitter can attest. As de Beauvoir intimates above, she thinks domesticity is basically hell. Besides, what is the alternative? If Camus is right, and he probably is right as far as he is willing to go, the CEO of Apple should have no more confidence about the intrinsic meaning of his life or legacy than the crackhead living for his next hit. Being a housewife is no more intrinsically meaningful than being the President.
Is the escape from domesticity an entrance into the masculine illusion of self-serving glory? And lest you think I go too far in saying Camus is right as far as he is willing to go, Solomon says as much in Ecclesiastes:. It is the same for all. There is one fate for the righteous and for the wicked; for the good, for the clean and for the unclean; for the man who offers a sacrifice and for the one who does not sacrifice.
As the good man is, so is the sinner; as the swearer is, so is the one who is afraid to swear. This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one fate for all men. Solomon spent most of his life, tireless energy, and inestimable wisdom and riches to find out what any of the women in his harem could have told him most readily: life is a cyclical and inherently meaningless slog cut short by death. My wife and mother could have told him that without so much trouble. So why do they keep going? Camus, and some suspicious feminists, might say that housewives are merely diverting their attention from their Sisyphean hell with all of their interminable labor.
And feminists perhaps want to wake them from their domestic slumber. But why? So they can be more consciously miserable in their domesticity? But I know my wife and my mother are not.