British chef, cookery writer, newspaper columnist and entrepreneur Anjum Anand will be familiar to many thanks to her regular television appearances and numerous recipe books – not to mention her Spice Tailor range of restaurant-quality ready-made sauces. After growing up in London, Anand gained a degree in business before going on to work in hotel restaurants including New York’s Café Spice, the Park Royal Hotel in New Delhi, and the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles. She was just 25 when her first recipe book was published: Every Day: Light Healthy Indian Food.

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Advocating a healthy, back-to-basics approach to modern Indian food, her best-known titles include Ayurveda-inspired recipes and – the latest bestseller Anjum’s Quick & Easy Indian. Having published no less than seven books and created thousands of recipes, just how does Anand manage to stay creative and inspired?

Motivation for me is all about…

Becoming better at what I do and learning more (in all aspects of life). I generally always look forward to what has to be done next, whilst I battle to be still and creative in the moment.

Success means…

Progressing.

I couldn’t have got there without…

I’m not sure I will ever feel that I am “there” but I wouldn’t have been able to have done as much without a lot of support from family and my husband. Also, I believe in kismet and what is meant to be will be.

I always start my day with…

Running through the day’s events while still in bed and then making myself a bowl of porridge or muesli with rice milk before the children wake up.

When I don’t feel inspired I…

Take a break and do something else – you can’t force creativity. I often try and get out and go for a walk to clear my head and shake off stagnant energy. Also, I know it passes. The longest “cook’s block” I had was a whole month! I was writing a book and wasn’t able to do any creative cooking. Thankfully, once it finally passed, I found I was just buzzing with the most delicious ideas.

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The landscape for women in business today looks like…

I think women can be anything they want to be, but it isn’t always a level playing field so sometimes be prepared to play a little harder and be a little tougher…

The trait I most deplore in others is…

Arrogance.

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I’d like to be remembered for…

Professionally, for bringing Indian food back into the kitchen and making it relevant to how we eat and live today.

What makes me happiest is…

I get a lot of happiness from every day moments; laughing with my children, nailing a new recipe, hearing good news or reviews of The Spice Tailor, having a good workout, walking to a meeting when the sun is shining and often just ticking things off my to-do list!

Can I run in heels?

Not for now. After a little fall and a consequent knee injury, I can’t run or can’t wear heels so, at best, I can speed walk in low wedges…