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An Invitation to Indian Cooking Paperback – May 12, 1975
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What I like best about it are the illustrations, the detailed descriptions of the cooking techniques and ingredients (I'm always overwelmed with my own ignorance at those packets of strange things in an asian grocer!) -- and effusive way she describes the context in which she discovered many of the recipes and how they're eaten in different parts of India and Asia.
Oh, and the recipes make for some incredibly good food. Although we're not vegetarians, we've found that the wide variety of vegetable dishes make for a more interesting way of getting enough vegetables, and having less and less meat in our diets--very good for the health, as are the spices!
So why is "An Invitation to Indian Cooking " so special? For one thing, the fact that it's written to be used by "American cooks in American kitchens" doesn't mean that the recipes have been modified to death. Jaffrey includes an extensive section on spices and a preliminary introduction on Indian cooking in general. If you read these, you come away with a basic understanding of Indian cooking techniques. That may not sound so unusual today, but it was, back in the early 1970s when this book first came out. There are no pretty pictures in this cookbook, but Jaffrey provides very detailed instructions in her recipes as to what the food is supposed to look like at each stage. This really helps if you're not familiar with Indian cooking. Her recipe headnotes and endnotes give helpful suggestions as to what to serve the dishes with and possible variations. As far as I'm concerned, "An Invitation to Indian Cooking" is a true classic.
I decided I must learn how to cook the delicious
foods that I was able to sample in various regions
of that diverse and fascinating country.
"An Invitation to Indian Cooking" is the
book I bought, and it was clearly a great choice.
The book has been very carefully adapted by
the author for American kitchens - this in no
way "waters down" or "Americanizes" the recipes
as some other reviewers falsely assume has
been said. The book DOES, deliberately,
modify recipes so that they will be
authentic despite the differences in the
American market (our meats are more tender
and have more moisture, for instance, so the
methods for browning meat must be different
than a cook would use in Delhi). These changes
and adaptations are absolutely necessary to
assure the dishes will taste and appear as they
would in India. Ms. Jaffrey has done a marvelous
job and her instructions are not only easy to
follow, but the explanations are easy to under-
stand and appreciate. By all means, if you want
to try cooking Indian, buy this book - and her
others as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the Indian cookbook I've been looking for for years. The cuisine mostly focuses around Delhi's regional cuisine, but the recipes are diverse and absolutely delicious. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Patrick Mundy
I have always loved this book; my original copy (bought ~ 1980), was literally falling apart from extensive use. I am so glad to find this on Amazon!!!! Read morePublished 3 months ago by B to the G
Good book enjoy the recipes! I saw the author on a segment of Julia Child and learned how to cook Basmati Rice to perfection using cardamom, scallions, etc. Excellent recipes.Published 4 months ago by J. Lee
This guide to the intricacies of Indian cooking held many surprises -- not the least that there is no curry in India. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Britt Vasarhelyi
No, there are no photos, but back when I got this cookbook, in the late 1970s, one didn't automatically expect photos. (Although today I do appreciate them. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Celestial Abyss
Love this book - great ideas to try out - it is wonderful to try new dishes and enjoy them - things you thought you could never make or duplicate from a restaturant - try it - you... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Therese