It gives me great pleasure to make available the RE – PRINTED “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia.
First published in circa 1867, this mammoth cookbooks of two volumes total 1570 pages and has 2180 recipes, of traditional Parsi Indian cuisine, plus Continental Western and British Cuisines. This cookbook is an antique and many Zoroastrian Parsis hold it the dearly as an family heirloom. (including myself). My original copy is now falling apart like a cracker paper, and is kept in sealed plastic bags. Worms are probably eating away the paper! 30 years back I brought this original copy from Ahmedabad, India. It took me 6 months of work to scan these on a paper scanner, print and collate. I made a handwritten index in English so I could search recipes and then read the Gujarati text and cook for my family here in USA.
Through software and amazon services, We have managed to print the “Vividh Vani” in high quality paper . You can now own a brand-new copy of the Vividh Vani in strong paper bound books. These printed volumes are exactly the same antique and original books of Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia. They include photos and letters of the Wadia family. They are a legacy item for the parsi kom that can be preserved another 1000 years and more!
Re-Printed Paperback of the Ancient cooking book “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia
Parsiana article “Reprinting Culinary Heritage.
Printed by Amazon Services
Volume 1 Product details
Paperback: 792 pages
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
Volume 2 Product details
Paperback: 778 pages
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
At the moment Amazon prints it only in USA, who knows India maybe next! Will keep requesting Amazon.IN
In the meantime, if you have friends in US, UK, DE, FR, ES, IT, JP, and CA. (USA, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan and Canada) they can get the paperbacks for you.
Link to this page is http://www.parsicuisine.com/vividhvani/
Farida SherdiwalaSep 9, 2017, 6:42 am
Need for parsi cuisine garam masala powder for VEG and Nonveg preparations.
RitaSep 9, 2017, 10:07 am
Shelley sends these via mail from India. Please Call +91 98105 90569
NavazJul 7, 2018, 1:24 am
Does anyone know if these books have been translated into English? Or a website that has a few recipes translated? Many thanks
RitaSep 9, 2018, 1:01 pm
Yes slowly – I am translating some recipes and posting them online here on ParsiCuisine.com.
RitaOct 10, 2018, 8:37 am
Dear Navaz, this site has some recipes that has been used from the Vividh Vani cookbook. It inspires my cooking.
No, I have not come across the english translations yet, I am translating some very slowly and cooking.
NavazOct 10, 2018, 9:24 am
Thanks for your kind reply. I look forward to your translations. Thanks for keeping a very rich part of our culture alive. Navaz ❤️
RitaOct 10, 2018, 10:19 am
Thank you so much ❤
Cusrow PoonawalaApr 4, 2020, 7:38 am
Hi Rita – you said there is a free download but somehow I am unable to locate it. Request you to please help. Thanks. Cusrow Poonawala
RitaApr 4, 2020, 9:58 am
The free download link is – http://www.parsicuisine.com/vividhvanidownload/
There are 2 PDFs.
feroze engineerJun 6, 2020, 1:19 pm
Hi Rita – Just wanted to say thank you for preserving this awesome piece of Parsi/Indian heritage. I came across the Vividh Vani on an article on https://scroll.in/article/964568/how-a-gujarati-cookbook-came-to-symbolise-love-and-gratitude-during-the-bubonic-plague-in-bombay and did a google search for a copy of the book which is how I found you. Keep going with the English translations – perhaps you can publish them one day along with the historical context of the book.
RitaJun 6, 2020, 2:13 pm
Thanks Feroze for the follows 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement and following up. I publish the english transaltions on this site, look at the “Vividh Vani” Category for them.
The Vividh Vani has been re-printed by me, and it is an amazing cookbook that inspires me. Just reading it is such happiness.
Just made Audh from the Vividh Vani. Check it out, it is better than the regular lagan nu custard we all have many times 🙂
Audh – forgotten but now remembered. Recipe link – http://www.parsicuisine.com/audh-forgotten-but-now-remembered/
Of course my “Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century” has some recipes inspired by this ancient and amazing lady’s book.
ninjakanchanOct 10, 2021, 2:55 pm
Hi Rita, please make it available in India