Bal Arneson is an author, educator and passionate advocate for simple and healthy Indian inspired cooking. Originally from a small village in the Punjab, India, Bal, at the age of seven, learned how to cook from her elders over coals in a small clay pit. Since September of 2009 Bal has been hosting a weekly cooking segment broadcast on Global Television in British Columbia. In July of 2010 her cooking series Spice Goddess premiered on the Cooking Channel in the United States and will later in the fall of 2010 on the Food Network in Canada. Her first cookbook Everyday Indian (published by Whitecap in 2009) is a best seller, and her second cookbook, Bal’s Quick and Healthy Indian (Whitecap, 2010 ) released in 2010, was a best seller almost immediately upon release. Along with many other appearances in the media, in early 2011 Bal appeared as a judge on the TV series Iron Chef America. Currently Bal resides in Vancouver, British Columbia with her 17 year old daughter, Anoop, and 8 year old son, Aaron.