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111 of 148 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 1999
We returned this book to the store we bought it from after trying out 3 recipes. We are from India and have been searching for recipes to use that would be quick and easy - traditional Indian cooking is involved and lengthy.
(For a classic on Indian and Western Cookery, try Thangam Phillips "Modern Cookery and the trade" which is used as a textbook in catering schools in India. However it is not "quick and easy") If you can recommend one, please email me.
On the positives,Jaffrey's book is attractive with well composed artwork. However - recipes: the "Spinach with ginger" was fairly good, the turnip dish was not good, the fried fish with its pomme-whatever (mustard paste?) tasted like the fried fish in a certain American chain restaurant (not good).
In addition, my wife felt that the 'quick' in the recipes came from using canned vegetables. We (and most Indians) avoid canned vegetables because they have lost their flavour. Also she saw one recipe which instructed one to cook the meat without prior sauteeing. When cooking meat, one should brown it so that it gains flavour from the spices. Since these first few recipes we tried out were disappointing, we returned the book to the book-store (not Amazon). We are still searching.