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Starred Review. With a quarter-century of culinary study and travel under his belt, this professor–cum–Indian food scholar offers up a mammoth work that encompasses every region of the country and provides 1,000 recipes. Fifteen pages of the introduction are given over to the 10 major culinary food locales of India, and it makes for an enlightening read. We learn, for instance, that the cuisine of Kashmir is influenced by central Asia and Tibet, while Bengal is big on sweetmeats and fish curries. Nicely labeled color photos adorn each of the nine food chapters, highlighting various snacks, entrees, breads, and desserts. However, the presentation of the recipes is another matter. Comprehensive to a fault, but with no commentary and all the welcoming charm of an auto parts catalogue, most are presented two to a page with boilerplate listings of origin, cooking time, ingredient list, and basic directions. For fanatics, some dishes require more than two dozen ingredients, such as the chicken pulao made with ghee and full of onions and chilis. Simpler options run the gamut from lamb in milk sauce to fried spicy carrots. A glossary and brief resource directory are much welcomed, and a short chapter of signature dishes from 11 Indian guest chefs from around the world provides a nice coda to the work. (Nov.)
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"India Cookbook, above all, is an inspiration and a testament to the glory of Indian cooking in all its incarnations. It's a call to the kitchen."―SaveurSee all Editorial Reviews
Excellent coverage of the expanse of Indian cuisine. Cloth bag matching the cover art is a nice addition whether used to store the book or repurposed for other uses.Published 1 month ago by John Harkness
You don't need any other Indian cooking book
I tried many recipes from this book and they came out very well
Not what I expected. Could not really use it. I am already accomplished in indian cooking so I needed something more geared towards my level. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anupa Mukhopadhyay
Just looking through this book at the fabulous photos and the charming multicolored Indian paper, brings me joy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Coffee Lover
I have some Indian background, and I can tell you this is an AMAZING cookbook - the recipes ARE authentic and not too difficulty to follow. Read morePublished 8 months ago by padme
1000 recipes, yes, but little in the way of descriptions and the book contains a surprising number of editorial errors. The constant clarification between US and UK English (i.e. Read morePublished 8 months ago by KLP
I have a large assortment of Indian cookbooks from different regions and have tried and enjoyed many different recipes from each but this is the one that has all recipes I have... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cynderblock
I was going to buy this in the Airport in New Delhi but I didn't have enough Rupees left. I was disappointed because it contained recipes for all of the delicious foods I had just... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer