Anjum Anand grew up in London but has also lived and studied in Geneva, Paris and Madrid. After gaining a European business degree she decided to develop her interest in Indian cookery and, in particular, to make it fresher, lighter and simpler to cook.
Anjum has worked around the world in innovative restaurants such as Café Spice in New York City, the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles and the Park Royal Hotel's Indian restaurant in New Delhi, but her real love is delicious and stylish food that is simple enough to cook at home. She challenges fiercely the assertion that Indian food is heavy and difficult to cook and is determined to make "cooking an Indian dish" as common as rustling up a stir-fry.
She was one of the first writers to create and write Indian recipes catering to the health-conscious cook and her first book, Indian Every Day: Light, Healthy Indian Food, was published in 2003.
Anjum has family homes in Delhi and Calcutta and loves the regional and cultural traditions of Indian food. Anjum was a regular guest on Good Food Channel's Great Food Live from 2004 to 2007.
Anjum's six-part primetime BBC Two television series on Indian cookery, Indian Food Made Easy, aired in summer 2007. A second series of Indian Food Made Easy was broadcast in November 2008.