News/Reviews 2018-07-06T16:14:25+00:00

 

The Masala Mamas’ Kitchen reflects the strength and voice that mothers and grandmothers have found thanks to GPM’s initiatives. The stories and recipes will nourish the soul of every reader.
- Mandie Winston, Executive Director, JDC Global Response, Innovative Development (GRID)
Many themes run through the Masala Mamas Cookbook. One most important factor is about the powerful role of a woman in society and dedication towards their responsibilities. The book is not only a combination of various Indian recipes but also gives a homely feeling. All the ingredients used are natural and authentic. The recipes are nutritionally balanced. In short it is a bunch of beautifully crafted recipes that gives an insight into the Indian home kitchen. It is a remarkable book not only written skillfully but with a rare mix of loving attention and a deep sense of culinary art of an Indian woman.
- Chef Prashant Tikadia, Executive Chef - Meluha The Fern & Rodas an Ecotel Hotel
It’s 8 am. Shivaji Nagar, a neighbourhood 10 minutes away from Kalwa East railway station is stirring awake to the sound of devotional music playing on a loudspeaker. Among a row of shuttered shops, a 10×15 feet kitchen witnesses a flurry of activity. Five women, wearing polka dot aprons and scrub caps, are preparing 25 kilos of dal khichdi. The simple, hearty dish will feed 100 underprivileged children who study in class 1 to 4 of Joshua Greenberger Learning Centre, a school run by non-profit Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM).
- Krutika Behrawala, Mid-day.com
We can all learn from the way The Masala Mamas share their love and dedication with their children, families and community, through cooking.
- Dr. Darren Weiss, President, Humble Smile Foundation
Nothing is more precious to parents than good nutrition for their growing children, and the chance for improving their children’s life chances provided by education….. Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM) brings these two strong motivations together in a simple but beautiful way…..Together we can change the world, one child at a time.
- Huseyin Arslan, Chairman – AGT Foods & Ingredients

Nothing makes us at The Good People Fund happier than seeing that our initial investment continues to “bear fruit” for years to come. Giving that first money for the Masala Mama’s kitchen has indeed done just that! We could not be prouder of the ‘Masala Mamas’ and everyone else who has made GPM the success that it is today.

- Naomi Eisenberger, Executive Director, Co-Founder, Good People Fund
The Masala Mamas cookbook is about so much more than food. It is about women’s lives, cultures, and friendships. This cookbook is a must-have for anyone interested in empowering women around the world.
- Erin Zaikis, Founder, Sundara
We are so proud of Gabriel Project Mumbai and ‘Masala Mamas’ and believe that the cookbook amplifies their work!
- Dyonna Ginsburg, Executive Director, OLAM
The Masala Mamas cook book is a wonderful initiative from Gabriel Project Mumbai….empower[ing] people, in particular women and children, to break free from poverty.
- Dr Judith Stanton, Chief Executive, Tzedek

An incredibly informative and inspiring book. The Masala Mamas share their powerful life stories, their kitchen tips and techniques, as well as such wonderful recipes; I just can’t wait to start cooking.

- Jenny Chandler, United Nations Special Ambassador for International Year of Pulses 2006

Perhaps the most striking about the Masala Mamas cookbook is the full-color joy emanating from the pages. The recipes are interspersed with profiles of the women, and the book is ripe with vibrant photos that capture the spirit behind their labor.

Leah Koenig, Tablet Magazine

The Masala Mamas’ Kitchen reflects the strength and voice that mothers and grandmothers have found thanks to GPM’s initiatives. The stories and recipes will nourish the soul of every reader.

- Mandie Winston, Executive Director, JDC Global Response, Innovative Development (GRID)

Finally we have an authentic Indian cookbook for the kosher home. This fabulous collection of authentic kosher Indian recipes show the home cook how fun and accessible Indian cuisine can be in our own kitchens with easy-to-follow recipes.

- Naomi Nachman, The Aussie Gourmet and cookbook author Perfect For Pesach

Five women, wearing polka dot aprons and scrub caps, are preparing 25 kilos of dal khichdi. The simple, hearty dish will feed 100 underprivileged children who study in class 1 to 4 of Joshua Greenberger Learning Centre, a school run by non-profit Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM).

- Krutika Behrawala, Mid-day online magazine

Food is central to Jewish life — and how we eat, and with whom we eat, has a profound impact, every day of our lives.
This beautiful cookbook, like the work of GPM itself, is a way not only to celebrate Indian food traditions, but also to help engender more equitable food systems for all. So I look forward to trying out one or two of these recipes – and to learning and relearning the multiple ways that I can strive to eat more healthily, in the deepest and broadest sense.

Nigel Savage, CEO, Hazon

Masala Mamas focuses on a group of sixteen women from the Kalwa slum in Mumbai. They work out of a 12-meter space, no larger than the average American child’s bedroom. The women, dressed in colorful saris and ankle bracelets, work on the floor. Jewelry clanks as recipes are created, some particularly detail-oriented ones demanding a few days of prep time or more. (The mango pickle recipe involves two weeks of watching chopped mango pickles out in the sun.) Cooking here is stovetop only, with no ovens at all.

Shira Feder, The Forward

 The book is beautiful and I admire what the ladies are doing. As someone who has been cooking Indian food for many many years, this is surely a treasure.

Lisa Turner, Lisa's Kitchen

It’s an art book, full of lusciously, extravagantly colorful photographs of food and the women who create it. And it’s a storybook, telling the tales of those women’s lives.

Joanne Palmer, Jewish Standard
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 ‘Masala Mamas’ Dr. Elana Sztokman’s book of Indian recipes and stories is full of Jewish values

Almost all of the photographers whose work illuminates the book are volunteers, amateurs, although you wouldn’t know that to look at the photos. The layout was done by an Israeli artist, Shoshana Balofsky, who had the idea to edge the pages in every section with a pattern from a sari one of the women was wearing. Each section displays a different women’s sari pattern.

Joanne Palmer, The Jewish Standard

 Spicy Bhakri recipe, Masala mamas cook book review

“The book is super colorful and the expressions of the beautiful women who come forward to cook for this common cause, are showcased so well in the pictures.”

— Jeyashri, from Jeyashri’s kitchen

The Masala Mamas, Who Cook for the Children of Mumbai’s Slums, Publish New Kosher Cookbook

“Perhaps the most striking about the Masala Mamas cookbook is the full-color joy emanating from the pages. The recipes are interspersed with profiles of the women, and the book is ripe with vibrant photos that capture the spirit behind their labor. “

— Leah Koenig, Tablet Magazine

Cooking up an education for Mumbai slum children 

When Jacob Sztokman was in Mumbai for his work as a marketing executive, he was taken to the Kalwa slum. There he heard that children, as young as five, were working instead of attending school. They needed the 60 rupees (15 pence) to pay for their food that day. Most people would have felt terrible, and then done nothing. But not Sztokman. Years later, he is still working to help the children of Kalwa. A new cookbook, Masala Mamas, is just the latest step in his work.

The Jewish Chronicle 

 

Masala Mamas: An Indian Cookbook For The Kosher Home

“From faluda (a sweet, pink Maharashtrian staple for hot days) to maswadi (a spicy, besan-flavored roll that serves as finger food to these women), Masala Mamas does its best to cover the depth and breadth of Maharashti ancestral meals. Of course, with 1.2 billion people living in India, one cannot hope to capture the entirety of Indian cooking in a single record. Instead, ‘Masala Mamas’ captures something else. Women over the centuries have had to set aside their own hopes and dreams for the sake of their children — and ‘Masala Mamas’, as a cookbook, is a fascinating document of maternal sacrifice, an outstanding glimpse into an underserved community.”

The Forward

“Our Girl Scout troop in New York City made the Mango Lassi recipe in honor of World Thinking Day. We wanted to learn about how the Masala Mamas make a difference in the slums of Mumbai. While the cardamom spice in the recipe was a strong, new flavor for many of the girls, trying this popular Indian drink sparked a wonderful discussion about spices used in their various cultures to flavor their favorite foods.”
– Girl Scout Troop 3322, NYC

 New Female Author Imprint ‘Lioness’ Launches at London Book Fair 2018
Books News Desk Apr. 11, 2018
LONDON, April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/

Fierce. Feminist. Fabulous

Independent publisher Panoma Press has marked the first day of London Book Fair with the unveiling of its exciting new female-only imprint ‘Lioness’, promising to help empower more female writers from all walks of life.

Lioness has one clear mission, to make a change through the ideas and words of its female authors. Filling the world with their passions, authors will explore some of the most vibrant and urgent issues on the planet, including social justice, sexual abuse (#MeToo), gender and racial equality, spirituality, sexuality, climate change, politics, and much more. This inspiring collection of books will include practical guides, memoirs, and new ways of thinking about the issues that are most important to women of the world. It is a collection from women who ROAR!

Kalwa-Based Jewish-Backed Women’s Group Is Feeding Thousands Of Underprivileged Kids

Upcoming Title Masala Mamas, In Addition To Sharing Traditional Maharashtrian Recipes, Tells Of How A Jewish-Backed Women’s Collective In A Suburb Of Mumbai Is Offering Sustenance To Thousands Of Underprivileged Kids.

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By Sandee Brawarskee, Times of Israel, Jewish Week March 20, 2018,
Food, stories, hope and love is a great combination in any season. Help support vulnerable children in the slums of Mumbai and empower the women. “Masala Mamas: Recipes and Stories of the Indian Women Changing their Communities through Food and Love” may be the first kosher, vegetarian Indian cookbook. The recipes were compiled by the Masala Mamas, a group of women who live in the Kalwa slum and get together every day to cook nutritious meals for the local children – so that they will have food in their school, Love2Learn – and incentive to attend. The school is run by the NGO, Gabriel Project Mumbai, which also supports the Masala Mamas.

Masala Mamas: A special cookbook project

Just this weekend I posted an article about our favorite Indian cookbooks and today a friend shared a project that grabbed my heart. If there is one thing I love more than a great cookbook, it is a great cookbook project whose sole benefit is to make the lives of others better.

Fuelling children’s education – Masala Mamas

With this amazing initiative, an all-women catering company is making sure that no child stops learning because of hunger.

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