Mad Love

Lots of cookbooks promise culinary excellence but Mad Love: Big Flavors Made to Share, from South Asia to the West Indies–A Cookbook by Chef Devan Rajkumar stands out as a testament to passion, creativity, and unadulterated love for food. This vibrant cookbook is not just a collection of recipes; it’s a journey into the heart of cooking, where flavors dance and ingredients sing in perfect harmony.

From the moment you lay eyes on the cover, adorned with colorful illustrations and playful fonts, you know you’re in for a treat. Chef Devan’s personality shines through every page, inviting you to join him in his culinary adventures. The book is a celebration of diverse cuisines, blending global flavors with his own unique twist.

Whatever your level of cooking skill, there’s something for everyone inside the pages of Mad Love. Each recipe is accompanied by clear, concise instructions that guide you through the cooking process with ease. Chef Devan’s approachable writing style makes even the most complex dishes are manageable, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

The recipes themselves are a delightful fusion of traditional and contemporary flavors. From comforting classics like butter chicken and cheeseburger to inventive creations like pepperpot tacos and Caribbean salmon risotto, there’s no shortage of inspiration to be found. Chef Devan’s love for bold spices and fresh ingredients is evident in every dish, resulting in mouthwatering flavors that will leave you craving more. Devan blends spring ingredients of rhubarb and strawberries with South Asian spices like cardamom in Spicy Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble in our Recipe section. Take advantage of this refreshing version of a familiar classic with local and backyard ingredients.

What’s unique about Chef Devan is his emphasis on community and connection. Throughout the book, he shares personal anecdotes and cooking tips that make you feel like you’re cooking alongside a friend. His passion for bringing people together through food is palpable, reminding us that the kitchen is not just a place to create meals, but to create memories. Check out his culinary POV and purchase a copy of the book at or go to our Giveaway section to win this inspiring cookbook!

Mad Love by Chef Devan Rajkumar is more than just a cookbook; it’s a celebration of food, culture, and the joy of cooking. With its accessible recipes, vibrant flavors, and heartfelt storytelling, it’s sure to become a beloved staple in any kitchen. Paired with Chef Devan’s website, which offers a wealth of additional resources and inspiration, it’s a must-have for anyone looking to explore their culinary passions.

Excerpted from Mad Love: Big Flavors Made to Share, from South Asia to the West Indies–A Cookbook by Devan Rajkumar. Photography by Suech and Beck. Copyright © 2023 by Devan Rajkumar. Excerpted with permission from Figure 1 Publishing. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.