I struggled with achieving the true flavours of Indian cooking until I met and took a cooking class from Noorbanu Nimji in 1996. A quiet publishing powerhouse, her three volumes in the A Spicy Touch series have sold over 260,000 copies and can be found in every corner of the globe. This book is considered "the bible" of cooking in her Ismaili culture. There is no cookbook that has affected my life more. Nimji became my mentor, and in 2006 I became her "spice apprentice", recipe tester, teaching and writing partner. It because of my work with her that I now lead annual cuisine and culture trips to India.