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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderous journey, March 8, 2001
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Madhur Jaffrey has done it again. She, of the lore fame, has spun a tale taking the reader into different states of the country. Her unique style of narrative makes you feel you are having a cup of tea across from her and listening to her elaborate on each distintive cuisine. Her recipes are simple yet the creator comes up with authentic and complex foods that strive to do justice to the varied cuisine of India. As with all her other books, this one is a keeper. Madhur Jaffrey has become my favorite aunt whose knowledge of both cuisine and culture I devour with each new offering from her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaffrey does it again w. SUPERB regional Indian Cookery Book, August 19, 2010
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This review is from: Madhur Jaffrey's Flavors Of India: Classics and New Discoveries (Hardcover)
When it comes to Indian cookery, Madhur Jaffrey walks on water! ALL my favourite Indian cookery books have been authored by Ms. Jaffrey (with 3 exceptions: Sahni's 'Classic Indian Cooking', Sumana Ray's 'Indian Regional Cooking', and J.Indersingh Kalra's 'Prashad--Cooking with Indian Masters').

Because I'm very familiar with Indian cooking, I tend to gravitate to REGIONAL Indian cookery books, as the regions are so diverse and, whilst recognisably 'Indian' are still extremely distinct--obviously, light-years removed from the tried-and-true, formulaic 'Indian' restaurant in both the UK and US, with their quasi-Punjabi/quasi-Mughlai fare.

Thus I can heartily recommend this concisely-written, beyond excellent, hardcover book to anyone with basic cooking skills and an interest in regional Indian cuisine. The individual recipes are so good that few, if any, cooks who follow them could fail to turn out a perfect dish. For those just embarking on the road to Indian food, may I suggest other books by Ms. Jaffrey: 'An Invitation to Indian Cooking', 'Madhur Jaffrey's Quick & Easy Indian Cooking', or 'Madhur Jaffrey Indian Cooking'--all of which take the novice by the hand and guide her/him through basic Indian cookery. I also recommend the Sahni book.

This book, however, (Madhur Jaffrey's Flavors Of India: Classics and New Discoveries) is a revelation, covering 8 of India's major culinary regions, from South to North, from Kerala's duck curry, country style, to Bengal's superb tamarind fish (hilsa), to Punjab's minced lamb with chick peas--every recipe in this fascinating--and fascinatingly written--book works perfectly!

Because so many of Ms. Jaffrey's books have been reissued and/or folded into one another, I should add that I am referring to the hardcover edition from the mid-1990s published by Clarkson Potter.

I should also add that this is NOT to be confused with the author's other regional Indian book, 'A Taste of India' (both trade paperback and hardcover), and equally superlative text and recipes. It is a perfect companion piece to the book being reviewed.

In fact, were I Ms. Jaffrey's editor, I would suggest repackaging (or even expanding) both books as a two-volume set under the title: 'The Regions & Recipes of India'!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indian Foods Beginner!, December 4, 2003
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A. A. Bowman (SE Pennsylvania, USA) - See all my reviews
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When I became fascinated with Indian foods, this is one of the first books I picked up and I was glad I did. I learned a lot about the culture of India at the same time. I have experienced many wonderful Indian dishes with the help of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Madhur Jaffrey cookbook, by far, April 17, 2012
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Harriet Vane (New York, NY United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Madhur Jaffrey's Flavors Of India: Classics and New Discoveries (Hardcover)
I have been cooking Indian food for over 20 years, since I moved into an apartment where the previous tenant left one of Madhur Jaffrey's books behind. I now have a large collection of Indian cookbooks, including many by Jaffrey, but this is my favorite of them all.

The reason is that she traveled all over India and collected recipes from local people wherever she went (the source of each recipe is identified). Some of these people were aristocrats, like the Chettiars, a wealthy family of merchants in Madras, who contributed amazing and sophisticated dishes like Chettinad Pepper Chicken. Others were village people whose recipes are equally flavorful but much simpler, such as Boatman's Curry or Fish Moilly. Another major strength is the inclusion of recipes from regions such as Gujarat, Goa and West Bengal, whose cuisines are poorly represented in Indian restaurants in this country.

It's really too bad this book is out of print now. Even if you have to buy a used copy, it's a very worthwhile purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Cookbook for Foodies, December 28, 2013
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The best part about this cookbook? It covers regional recipes of India! So one can sample the width & the breadth of Indian cuisines rather than being restricted to the well-known staples. The author has also provided alternatives to the traditional Indian ingredients & spices - allowing flexibility to those who may be residing outside of India or to cooks who may be new to Indian cooking. Must have cookbook on Indian Cuisine for all foodies out there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Jaffrey, October 22, 2013
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excellent as are all of Jaffrey's books. If you're interested in Indian cooking, Jaffrey is the author to look for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book by Madhur, September 23, 2011
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Great book with wonderful, easy recipes. I love the different regional foods captured and highly recommend the paneer chaat. As always, her recipes are peppered with personal touches that make the book charming.
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