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Madhur Jaffrey (Bahadur)

Also Known As: "ਮਧੁਰ ਜਾਫ਼ਰੀ", "मधुर जाफ़री", "madhur jāfrī"
Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: New Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Immediate Family:

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Mother of <private> Jaffrey; <private> Jaffrey and <private> Jaffrey
Sister of <private> Bahadur

Managed by: Terry Jackson (Switzer)
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About Madhur Jaffrey

Madhur Jaffrey (Punjabi: ਮਧੁਰ ਜਾਫ਼ਰੀ, Hindi: मधुर जाफ़री madhur jāfrī;

From Wikipedia:

born 13 August 1933) is an Indian actress and food writer who introduced the Western world to the many cuisines of India.


Personal life

She was born Madhur Bahadur in Delhi, India and was educated at Miranda House (of the University of Delhi). After college, she worked for All India Radio.[1] She then attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which she graduated with honors in 1957.[2] She then met and married Indian actor Saeed Jaffrey and moved to New York City. She and Saeed divorced in 1965. They have three daughters, Meera, Zia and Sakina Jaffrey. In 1969, she married Sanford Allen, a violinist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.[3] She is the aunt of the British journalists Rohit Jaggi and his sister the literary critic Maya Jaggi (their mother Lalit being one of Madhur's older sisters).

Merchant Ivory films

Madhur Jaffrey is said to have been responsible for introducing James Ivory and Ismail Merchant.[4] She appeared in a number of their earlier films: Shakespeare Wallah (1965) (a role for which she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival),[5] The Guru (1969), Autobiography of a Princess (1976), Heat and Dust (1983), directed by Ivory, and The Perfect Murder (1988). She starred as the title character in their film Cotton Mary (1999) and co-directed it with Merchant.

[edit] Other films and TVShe has appeared in Six Degrees of Separation (1993), Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) and Prime (2005). She starred in and produced ABCD (1999) and guest-starred in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Name" as a psychiatrist, and the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "The Healer" as a lecturer. In 1985, she was in the Hindi film Saagar where she played the role of Rishi Kapoor's grandmother. In 1999, she appeared with daughter Sakina Jaffrey in the film Chutney Popcorn. In 2003, she played Roshan Seth's wife in Cosmopolitan, a film broadcast on PBS.

[edit] TheatreIn 1962, she appeared in A Tenth of an Inch Makes the Difference by Rolf Forsberg.[6] In 1969, she appeared in The Guide, based on the novel by R. K. Narayan,[7] and in 1970, she appeared in Conduct Unbecoming, written by Barry England.[8] In 1993, she appeared in Two Rooms by Lee Blessing.[9] In 1999, she appeared in Last Dance at Dum Dum by Ayub Khan-Din.[10] In 2004, Jaffrey appeared in Bombay Dreams on Broadway where she played the main character's grandmother (Shanti).[11] In 2005, she appeared in India Awakening by Anne Marie Cummings.


Jaffrey is the noted author of cookbooks of Indian, Asian, and world vegetarian cuisines, many of which have become bestsellers and several of which have won James Beard Foundation awards. She has presented several cookery series on television, including Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery in 1982, Madhur Jaffrey's Far Eastern Cookery in 1989 and Madhur Jaffrey's Flavours of India in 1995.[12] She lives in Manhattan and has a home in upstate New York. As a result of the success of her cookbooks and TV, Jaffrey also developed a line of mass-marketed cooking sauces.

Ironically, she did not cook at all as a child growing up in Delhi. She had almost never been in the kitchen and almost failed cooking at school.[13] It was only after she went to London at the age of 19 to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art that she learned how to cook, using recipes of familiar dishes that were provided in correspondence from her mother.[14] In the 1960s, after her award-winning performance in Shakespeare Wallah, she became known as the "actress who could cook" and was hired by the BBC to present a show on Indian cooking.[15] After an article about her and her cooking appeared in the New York Times in 1966, she received a book contract that produced An Invitation to Indian Cooking, her first book.[16] The recipes in that book came from her mother, although she adapted them for the American kitchen.[17] During the 1970s, she taught classes in Indian cooking, both at the James A. Beard School of Cooking and in her Manhattan apartment. In 1986, the restaurant Dawat opened in Manhattan using recipes provided by her.[18]


Best Actress Award from the Berlin Film Festival in 1965 for her performance in Shakespeare Wallah[5] Taraknath Das Foundation Award presented by the Taraknath Das Foundation of the Southern Asian Institute of Columbia University in 1993[19] Named to Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America by the James Beard Foundation in 1995.[20] Muse Award presented by New York Women in Film & Television in 2000.[21] Honorary CBE awarded on 11 October 2004 "in recognition of her services to cultural relations between the United Kingdom, India and the United States, through her achievements in film, television and cookery".[22]

Books Cookery BooksAn Invitation to Indian Cooking (1973) (James Beard Foundation Awards Cookbook Hall of Fame winner) — ISBN 978-0224011525 Madhur Jaffrey's World of the East Vegetarian Cooking (1981) (James Beard Foundation Awards winner) — ISBN 978-0394402710 Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking (1973) — ISBN 978-0812065480 Eastern Vegetarian Cooking (1983) — ISBN 978-0099777205 A Taste of India (1988) — ISBN 978-1862050983 Madhur Jaffrey's Cookbook: Easy East/West Menus for Family and Friends (1989) — ISBN 978-0330306355 Indian Cooking (1989) — ISBN 978-0600563631 A Taste of the Far East (1993) (James Beard Foundation Awards Cookbook of the Year winner) — ISBN 978-0517595480 Madhur Jaffrey's Spice Kitchen (1993) — ISBN 978-0517596982 Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Recipes (1994) — ISBN 978-1857933970 Entertaining With Madhur Jaffrey (1994) — ISBN 978-1857933697 Madhur Jaffrey's Flavors Of India: Classics and New Discoveries (1995) — ISBN 978-0517700129 Cookbook Food for Family and Friends (1995) — ISBN 978-1858131542 Madhur Jaffrey's Quick & Easy Indian Cooking (1996) — ISBN 978-0811859011 The Madhur Jaffrey Cookbook: Over 650 Indian, Vegetarian and Eastern Recipes (1996) — ISBN 978-1855012684 Madhur Jaffrey's Illustrated Indian Cookery (1996) — ISBN 978-0563383031 Madhur Jaffrey Cooks Curries (1996) — ISBN 978-0563387947 Madhur Jaffrey's Complete Vegetarian Cookbook (1998) — ISBN 978-0091863647 Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian (1999) (James Beard Foundation Awards winner) — ISBN 978-0517596326 The Essential Madhur Jaffrey (1999) — ISBN 978-0091871741 Madhur Jaffrey's Step-by-Step Cooking (2001) (James Beard Foundation Awards winner) — ISBN 978-0066214023 Foolproof Indian Cooking: Step by Step to Everyone's Favorite Indian Recipes (2002) — ISBN 978-1553662587 Madhur Jaffrey Indian Cooking (2003) — ISBN 978-0091884086 From Curries to Kebabs: Recipes from the Indian Spice Trail (2003) (James Beard Foundation Awards winner) — ISBN 978-0609607046 Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Bible (2003) — ISBN 978-0091874155 Simple Indian Cookery (2005) — ISBN 978-0563521839 At Home with Madhur Jaffrey: Simple Delectable Dishes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka (2010) — ISBN 978-0307268242 Curry Easy (2010) — ISBN 978-0091923143 My Kitchen Table: 100 Essential Curries (2011) — ISBN 978-0091940522

Other Books

Seasons of Splendour: Tales, Myths, and Legends of India (1995) — ISBN 978-0689311413 Market Days: From Market to Market Around the World (1995) — ISBN 978-0816735044 Robi Dobi: The Marvelous Adventures of an Indian Elephant (1997) — ISBN 978-0803721937 Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India (2006) — ISBN 978-1400042951


1.^ Practically Edible 2.^ "Moving stories: Madhur Jaffrey". BBC News. 22 December 2003. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 3.^ Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008. 4.^ Gussow, Mel."Telling Secrets That Worked For a Gambling Life in Films", The New York Times, 2 January 2003 5.^ a b "Berlinale 1965: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-02-21. 6.^ Esterow, Milton: "Plays by Rolf Forsberg Open at the East End", The New York Times, 13 November 1962 7.^ Barnes, Clive: "Theater: Reluctant Guru", The New York Times, 7 March 1968 8.^ "New Castings Listed", The New York Times, page 54, 21 September 1970 9.^ "Divided by Space and Captivity, but United in Spirit", The New York Times 18 February 1993 10.^ Wolf, Matt, "Last Dance at Dum Dum", Variety, 9 August 1999 11.^ Bombay Dreams Broadway 2004 cast 12.^ Jaffrey, Madhur 13.^ Claiborne, Craig: "Indian Actress Is a Star in the Kitchen, Too", The New York Times, 7 July 1966 14.^ Jaffrey, Madhur, Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking, Barron's Educational Series, 1983. ISBN 978-0812065480 15.^ Bhaskaran, Nandini: "An actress who can cook", The Times of India, 18 November 2007 16.^ Johnson, Bonnie and Vespa, Mary: "Indian cooking's New Delhi delight is actress Madhur Jaffrey", People Weekly, 8 December 1986 17.^ Sokolov, Raymond: "Current Stars: Books on Indian, Italian and Inexpensive Food", The New York Times, 19 April 1973 18.^ Miller, Bryan: "Restaurants", The New York Times, 12 December 1986 19.^ Southern Asian Institute | About the Taraknath Das Foundation 20.^ Welcome to the James Beard Foundation 21.^ New York Women in Film and Television 22.^ Madhur Jaffrey Made Honorary Commander of the British Empire

External links

Madhur Jaffrey's website Madhur Jaffrey on the My Kitchen Table website Madhur Jaffrey at the Internet Movie Database Madhur Jaffrey at the Internet Broadway Database Madhur Jaffrey at the Museum of Broadcast Communications Meet Chef Madhur Jaffrey at James Beard Foundation Awards, 'Madhur Jaffrey Interview', February 2007.

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Madhur Jaffrey's Timeline

August 13, 1933
New Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India