Maya Kaimal: Spice Girl
December 2015

Maya Kaimal has always loved to cook. As a teenager, she learned how to make South Indian specialties from her Indian father and aunt. As a young woman working in magazine publishing, she translated those skills into a very small business, preparing Indian lunches for colleagues at her office. "That experience showed me how eye-opening it was for people to eat homemade Indian food," recalls Kaimal, 50. "It didn't resemble what they were eating in restaurants."