Anjula Devi is not only renowned for her Indian food and cookbooks, but at 54, her amazing youthful looks. She says they’re down to her traditional Indian diet filled with herbs and spices. Aujula will be appearing on the Market Place live stage during the Bishop Auckland Food Festival from Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April in free-to-attend demonstrations.

Why do you think it is important that cooking should be fun?
Apart from the sheer joy of creating new recipes and trying to improve existing ones, making choices to improve your family’s wellbeing is such a positive investment of love and energy. Teaching your children to cook nutritious and tasty food can play a key role in enabling them to ultimately lead healthier lives and make better choices. I
taught both my boys to cook at an early age.

Describe one of your earliest food memories.
It’s my dad plucking some beetroot from our garden and washing it under the outdoor tap. Dad then cooked the beetroot in the garden and I remember thinking how vivid and colourful the dish looked. I was about four years old when I ate beetroot for the first time and I have been eating it ever since. I think it’s really important to introduce
children to vegetables at an early age, making as little fuss as possible whilst putting a little fun into making their food.

Want to know who she’d invite to her dream dinner party or her most-used cookbook? Buy the latest issue of Savour now for the full interview. 

Click here to find out more about the Bishop Auckland Food Festival.