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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307268241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307268242
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Legendary chef, notable actress, and prolific author Jaffrey demystifies Indian cuisine for the home cook in this appealing and flavorful collection. Jaffrey highlights dishes that are simple, straightforward, and ideal for time-pressed cooks by utilizing simpler methods and fewer steps than traditionally used. Her recipes hail mostly from India but also from southern Asia and reflect the diversity of this large geographical area. From chickpeas for nibbling or chicken mulligatawny soup to eggplant with fennel and cumin, she showcases easy-to-make dishes with readily accessible ingredients. She offers a wide array of fish and seafood dishes including spicy stir-fry shrimp, mussels in a creamy coconut sauce, and squid curry. Jaffrey also includes chapters on eggs and poultry, meat, rice and grains, and desserts. Not surprisingly, sections on vegetables, dal, and chutneys are especially tantalizing, with South Indian–style green beans, potato chaat with variations, green lentils with green beans and cilantro, black-eyed peas with butternut squash, and peanut chutney with sesame seeds. With more than 30 color photos, this book is as attractive as it is appetizing, and Jaffrey's legions of fans will eagerly embrace her newest compilation.
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Jaffrey adds to her already considerable output with a very attractive new cookbook of easily prepared, thoughtful, and unusual dishes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Anyone looking to explore Indian cooking for the first time will find this volume uniquely helpful. Jaffrey limits ingredients in most recipes to fewer than a dozen, and she restrains the range of required spices to a small handful that can generally be bought in any decently stocked supermarket. In addition to the sorts of stewed vegetable dishes typical of Indian cooking, there are meat and seafood offerings less generally recognized. Lamb shanks braise in an aromatic sauce. She even offers pork sausage patties. Cooks who don’t ordinarily consider Indian cuisine at home may be intrigued by Jaffrey’s inventory of appetizers such as spicy popcorn and perfumed almonds, which present unexpected flavors that will wow as preprandial snacks or between-meal munchies. --Mark Knoblauch

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I have all of Ms. Jaffrey's books and many other similar cookbooks.
James Snyder
I gave this to my husband for Christmas and we have been cooking exclusively from it every day since.
NancyD
Nonetheless, these are great recipes, and that fish dish is one of the best things EVER.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By S. Kessler VINE VOICE on November 5, 2010
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I bought the Kindle edition of Madhur Jaffrey's new book and am more than pleased with it. I have used Ms. Jaffrey's Indian and Asian cookbooks for many years and love her recipes and techniques. This new one is a nice addition to my library as it contains simplified versions of some great Indian classics as well as regional Indian specialities that are new to me and will help be get a good Indian meal on the table in less time but with as much taste.

I'd like to say a few words specifically about the Kindle edition, which is what I purchased. I'm very pleased with amount of thought that the publisher put into making this a very useful e-cookbook. I have had to return two different e-cookbooks recently because they had minimal or no formatting, which made them useless as reference tools. The publisher of Ms. Jaffrey's book, however, went to the trouble of effectively formatting the index and lists of recipes and ensuring that there were internal links within the different recipes for other recipes related to the one I was look at at the time. This is really important in a e-cookbook -- that one can jump back and forth between index and recipes as well as between recipes themselves for a seamless experience. So, kudos to the publisher for doing much more than just scanning the book and throwing it out there for unsuspecting Kindle owners.

Update as of January 5 -- I finally cooked from this cookbook and it has lived up to my expectations. I made her Kerala Fish Curry and with her simplified techniques in this book and use of the the American pantry, the dish was fast, easy, and very fresh and tasty. I was able to get an exotic home-cooked dinner on the table after work tonight in just 30 minutes. My husband was very impressed.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Julia Cove on January 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love Indian food, but I have always been intimidated by complicated recipes and lengthy lists of obscure ingredients. Thanks to this book, I have finally learned how to satisfy my cravings for Indian food without ordering expensive delivery. This book makes Indian cooking simple and accessible for people who have never done it -- and the recipes are delicious. The results are just as flavorful as the food you order in Indian restaurants.

The author is very realistic about how people actually cook. She knows that ordinary people cannot spend hours working on one meal, and they won't buy 20 obscure ingredients just for one recipe. You can make most of these recipes with a handful of Indian spices plus ingredients that you already have in your kitchen, and you will use the Indian spices again as you try other recipes in the book. After you make an initial investment in Jaffrey's favorite spices, you only have to buy fresh meat and vegetables when you want to cook.

Jaffrey doesn't assume any prior knowledge, making this a great book for beginners. She patiently explains every Indian ingredient (there is a glossary in the back), gives you advice on what to buy at the grocery store, and offers many useful tips and tricks for Indian cooking. She also suggests substitutes for ingredients that might be hard to find.

I know a lot of people find Indian cooking intimidating like I did, but you truly can't fail with this book.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By James Snyder on November 4, 2010
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I have all of Ms. Jaffrey's books and many other similar cookbooks. This is a breath of fresh air. There are always writings about "curries". Even lists of ingredients. There are NEVER NEVER EVER writings about how these curries are developed for fish, poultry or vegetables. One book lists 50, 100 spices, yet offers no advice on how they might be combined for various foods.
THIS book actually talks about fish and several spices, meat and several spices, vegetables and appropriate spices - both as marinades and spices to add during cooking. Finally there seems to be some sense about this. Not complete, but a start.
Please Ms. Jaffrey, write a book on how these spices are combined and designed for various purposes.
This is the first book that lets the light glimmer out from under the bushel basket. Thank you.
Buy it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kilgore on May 24, 2011
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Nice addition to Madhur's collection of books. It does contain meat / fish recipes but, IMO, I have found the "Vegetables" and "Dahl" sections to be in greater depth than her other Indian cookbooks. This makes it a good extension of her "World Vegetarian" cookbook with more of a focus on her home region.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By NancyD on January 24, 2011
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I gave this to my husband for Christmas and we have been cooking exclusively from it every day since. The recipes are simple and clear and every single one has been fabulous tasting. Best cookbook I've ever seen!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ppohio on June 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is just wonderful. I am a huge fan of Indian cuisine but always find myself disappointed with a lot of the restaurant options in my city. However I am really not a very good cook and I have often found a lot of traditional Indian recipes overwhelming or just a bit above my skill level.

Madhur has absolutely changed all of that for me. This book is just so easy to read, and the recipes are incredibly easy to cook and absolutely bursting with flavor. You can go to a South Asian grocer and acquire all the requisite spices so easily and cheaply these days, and then just flip through and make many dishes with whatever produce and proteins you have that day. The book is worth it for the many delicious chutneys and yogurts alone which are so easy to prepare.

I also really appreciated the way that the book is laid out, and Madhur's suggestions for various chutneys, vegetables, rices and Dals to serve each meal with - in a couple hours you can easily put together a seriously wonderful feast. The book focuses on food you can eat every day with recipes that are healthy, inexpensive, and substantial. In just two weeks of owning the book I have already made over a dozen dishes.

Do yourself a favor - instead of going out for another bland tikka masala at a restaurant, buy this book, hit up your grocer, and whip up a delicious meal yourself.
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