Figure 1 Publishing

Food + Drink

Mad Love

Big Flavors Made to Share, from South Asia to the West Indies–A Cookbook

A Globe & Mail Bestseller

Award-winning Guyanese-Canadian chef Devan Rajkumar believes the world needs more love and is here to offer it—through food.

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“Chef Dev brilliantly combines flavors and techniques from across the globe into dishes that feel comfortingly familiar yet wildly exciting. Each recipe is a story you can’t wait to re-tell so you can watch the joy spread to others and invite them to join in the feast.”

—J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, author of The Food Lab, The Wok, and Every Night is Pizza Night

Book Description

Award-winning Guyanese-Canadian chef Devan Rajkumar believes the world needs more love and is here to offer it—through food.

Born in Toronto into a Guyanese household, Devan Rajkumar grew up surrounded by diverse communities and cuisines. After training in the hospitality industry and chasing new flavors around the world, he found himself reconnecting with his culinary roots. Now an established media personality, Chef Dev’s relaxed and modern approach to cooking is steeped in his Caribbean family heritage and his South Asian ancestry.

With more than 100 inventive recipes that reimagine traditional East and West Indian dishes and challenge you to expand your palate, Mad Love celebrates bringing people and cultures together with cooking that comes from the heart.

Featured recipes include:

  • Fried Plantains with Cinnamon and Maple Syrup and Spiced Cauliflower Nachos, made for sharing.
  • A classic: Guyanese Pepperpot served with a side of homemade Plait Bread.
  • Saffron Kheer and Garam Masala-Spiced Pecan Pie — delicious finales to a memorable meal.



“Accessible to cooks of all levels.”
National Post

“This [book] is a big, beautiful deal, it’s gorgeous.”

[Chef Devan’s] cookbook flirts through the diaspora that formed his own experiences.

Chef Devan Rajkumar’s Recipes from ‘Mad Love’

“Stands out as a testament to passion, creativity, and unadulterated love for food. This vibrant cookbook is not just a collection of recipes; it’s a journey into the heart of cooking, where flavors dance and ingredients sing in perfect harmony.”
Canadian Cookbooks

“Pushing boundaries of innovation and creativity at every step of the way.”

“An honest blending across cultures for some of the most exciting and tempting recipes we’ve seen in a while.”

“An absolutely stunning book”
The Good Stuff with Mary Berg

“Cooks of all skill levels will enjoy trying the bold flavours and reading about Rajkumar’s love for his family and Guyanese Indian roots.”
Library Journal

“Wonderful recipes”
The Social

Elle Gourmet

House & Home

Vancouver Sun

Calgary Herald

Ottawa Citizen

Montreal Gazette

Upcoming Events

Toronto Lit Up: Mad Love Block Party
Cheese Boutique, 45 Ripley Ave, Toronto
May 11, 11:00–4:00PM


  • Hardcover
  • 8.5 × 10 inches
  • 192 pages
  • 978-1-77327-232-0
  • $38.95 CDN / $32.95 USD
  • May 2024