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At Home with Madhur Jaffrey: Simple, Delectable Dishes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka Hardcover – October 19, 2010
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this book as a gift and I have to say it has become my favorite cookbook, out of a collection of 40 including 6 other Indian ones. Read morePublished 4 months ago by yohmama
i have 11 indian cookbooks, and this is still the first one i grab when looking for a recipe for a specific ingredient. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lyla
I will usually check out a book at the library. I'll read it cover to cover and often try a recipe or two. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pamela
I enjoyed reading this cookbook as much as trying the recipes. The ingredients are readily available and instructions easy to follow. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Lindhorst
This book has great tasting recipes that are easy to make. I love this style of food and wanted to try making some, this book made it possible.Published 11 months ago by J. Goldwater
this was a gift...my son's fiance made me a meal from the book when I visited them...I was impressed....the meal was easy to make and very tasty!Published 11 months ago by terry reisiger
We have not had a dish yet that we did not like from this book. Most recipes are quick and easy. We are eating more vegetarian dinners now.Published 13 months ago by michael c. hughes