Ancient cooking book “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia. Re-print paperback and digital free download.

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 17 comments

Free PDF of  the cooking books  “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia is available on this website. 

Click here to DOWNLOAD the digital version PDF (Volume 1)   (file will open in new tab)

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 Order the REPRINT of “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia on AMAZON. Links below or contact us.

Volume 1 Product details

  • Paperback: 792 pages
  • Language: Gujarati
  • ISBN-10: 1724206532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1724206534
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches

Volume 2 Product details

  • Paperback: 778 pages
  • Language: Gujarati
  • ISBN-10: 1724202332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1724202338
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches

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Parsi Cuisine

Jan 1, 2020, 8:58 am

Meher, you can buy the Vividh Vani cookbook from (USA or UK).

Vividh Vani. (Volume 1 and 2): In Gujarati Language.
Author: Meherbai Jamshedji Nusserwanji Wadia Collection of 2180 Recipes
Published by
Vividh Vani was registered in 1867 by Ms Jehangir Behramji Marzban Co.
Last version in Gujarati language was printed in 1926 by Jame Jamshed Printing Works, in Bombay, India.

Direct link to purchase is


Meher Mirza

Jan 1, 2020, 9:01 am

From where can I buy Vividh Vani cookbook. I am interested.

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[…] Vividh Vani which inspires me to get old recipes did not have an eggless bhakra recipe. […]

Quick and Easy Parsi Malido Video and Recipe –

Sep 9, 2019, 7:49 pm

[…] Papri / Daran recipe for Malido adapted from the Vividh Vani cookbook. […]

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Aug 8, 2019, 12:15 pm

[…] Khulāsat al-Maʼkūlāt va’l-Mashrubat (The Essence of Edibles And Potables), and Parsi cookbook Vividh Vani, published in 1903. He says of Vividh Vani, “By this time Bombay Parsi cuisine had already been […]

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Jul 7, 2019, 1:31 pm

[…] Recipe  (from Vividh Vani) […]

Bombay Bakery’s Coffee Cake –

Jun 6, 2019, 1:11 pm

[…] led me to research Persian and Parsi cookbooks. I came across the name of an exotic one named Vividh Vani, (click here) published in the year 1903, before the opening of the Bombay Bakery. Dan Sheffield, a lecturer at […]

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Jun 6, 2019, 11:28 am

[…] I have translated this from the Vividh Vani Cookbook […]

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Jun 6, 2019, 9:20 am

[…] Here it the translated recipe from the Vividh Vani […]


Jun 6, 2019, 10:13 am

Dinyar, I hope one of our members will respond. I will certainly get back to you if anyone does.
Have you posted this inquiry on facebook and other social media?

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Jun 6, 2019, 9:42 am

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Dinyar M. Dalal

Jun 6, 2019, 6:30 pm

Does anyone know more about Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia? I have a feeling that she could be related to our family through marriage. My grandmother’s married name was Meherbai Cowasjee Dalal.
I will appreciate any information.
Thank you.
Dinyar M. Dalal

Ambakalyo –

May 5, 2019, 9:32 am

[…] Vividh Vani Cookbook recommends you peel and clean the onions/shallots. Next fry the Onions or Shallots in pure ghee […]

Papri and Daran for Malido –

May 5, 2019, 1:33 pm

[…] Papdi to eat with Malido from the famous Vividh Vani cookbook […]

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Dec 12, 2016, 1:40 pm

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Sep 9, 2014, 8:37 pm

Thank you Rashida. So glad this book is being downloaded into homes and read. Our food and history should be celebrated.

This is indeed a good place to post your comments and feedback. I am trying to encourage use of this website and am delighted to hear from people.



Sep 9, 2014, 2:24 pm

Rita you are the best of bestest the hard work of putting these books tog taking the time to share with us God bless
Didn’t know where to post it so all could see
Rashida Gadiwalla us

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