Bal Arneson is an author, educator, mother, wife and passionate advocate for simple and healthy Indian-inspired cooking. At the heart of her cooking are fresh ingredients and the vibrant flavors of herbs and spices. Having grown up in a traditional village in Punjab, India, Bal learned to cook over the coals of a small clay pit with the instruction of her elders. When she immigrated to Canada more than 15 years ago, she did not speak English or have an education. Since that time, Bal has earned a master’s in education, worked for the Vancouver Police Department, taught cooking classes, published a best-selling cookbook, become a food and wine correspondent for a national newspaper in Canada (The National Post), and launched an organic spice line with proceeds supporting educational programs for women and children in India. She is about to launch her second cookbook. Bal lives in Vancouver, B.C., with her husband and their two children.