Annamma Mathew (well known as Mrs. K.M. Mathew [1922 – 2003]) was the founder Chief Editor of Vanitha, the largest selling women's magazine in India and wife of K. M. Mathew, Chief Editor of Malayala Manorama. She died after a brief illness at a private nursing home in Kottayam, Kerala in India.
She was a noted author of culinary literature and tips for new recipes in Malayalam. She has authored 17 cook books in Malayalam and 4 in English and also leaves an indelible mark in the areas of journalism, music, cookery and social welfare.
Born on March 22
, in Godavari
district of Andhra Pradesh
where her father was a surgeon
in the Madras Civil Service
. She got married at the age of 20 to K.M. Mathew, a planter
. She sharpened her talents in culinary
art, which she inherited
from her father, during her days with him.
A new turn in her life came when her Father-in-law, K. M. Mammen Mappillai, asked her to prepare a recipe to be published in Malayala Manorama.
She was also the main columnist
in tips for new recipes
through a regular media column "Pachaka Vidhi" (The road of cookery) in Malayalam
. Over the past 50 years, she almost alone took the flavors
of the different curry’s aroma
to the exciting dining
tables across the world. She entered a new phase with the launching of Vanitha in 1975. She was the first Chief Editor
and continued in the post till the end of her life. The magazine virtually redefined the identity of Malayalee
women. She is also involved in social activities through the Kasturba Social Welfare Centre in Kottayam, which aims at empowering women
She has authored over twenty books. Her subjects range from cookery, health and beauty care and hair styling to floristry and travel. She was also a columnist and most of her recipes available in popular publications.
Her contributions to journalism
fetched her several honors and won a number of awards
, including the Rachel Thomas Award (1992), ‘Vignanadeepam Puraskaram’ (1994) and ‘Nirmithi Kendra’ Award (1996).