I was delighted to help my very good friend, Radhika Behl, with the launch of her new Indian cookery book – Simply Radhika. The chef at Rumi’s Kitchen had agreed to use Radhika’s recipes to prepare a delicious supper for her guests, and our brief was to enhance their space in her own style. The book cover is a simple yet striking image of orange spices against a clean, black and white background, and we used this to inspire the decor. Rich, orange linens were cinched in on the highboy tables, and the shelves were lined with eight-dozen glowing tea lights. We created a casual book-signing area using a bench and different shades of orange cushions. Behind this, we topped shelves with branches of red chili peppers, pussy willow and natural cotton, accented with orange Moroccan lanterns and natural cotton sprigs. Radhika was to give a speech during the evening against a backdrop of flickering votives, but the book-signing line was so long, that she sat and signed books for a straight four hours and abandoned the speech – preferring to talk to each of her fans individually as they sat next to her. Through her cooking classes and food blog, Radhika has established a huge following here in Atlanta, and the more-than-150 guests who turned up for her launch were a testament to her great popularity as a culinarian and a teacher. We were thrilled at the success of her launch and wish her the very best with her new book! To anyone looking to sample authentic Indian cooking using simple, modern recipes, Radhika’s book is available on Amazon.com.