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Mangoes & Curry Leaves Hardcover – November 1, 2005

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Starred Review. With their most recent cookbook, Home Baking, the authors of Seductions of Rice and Hot Sour Salty Sweet strayed slightly from the kind of pungent Asian food that is their strength, but they're back on track with this paean to the subcontinent, which they've been visiting separately and together since the 1970s. The many dals, like soupy Easy Karnataka Chana with chickpeas and salads like Nepali Green Bean-Sesame Salad are simple and terrific. Entrees are often spicy and always authentic, like Goan Pork Vindaloo, made by rubbing a vinegar-spice paste into the meat. A chapter on street foods is full of promising tidbits, including the suggestion that readers make fried foods such as Mushroom Pakoras with Fresh Herb Chutney for guests (so long as they don't mind spending a whole lot of time in the kitchen). Reading Alford and Duguid's chatty text and headnotes is like receiving envy-inducing postcards from a college friend who never gave up backpacking—if you have the sort of friends who would be disposed to build a tandoor oven out of clay and manure or visit Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka based on a tip from a snake-bitten fellow traveler. This is a comprehensive book filled with compelling writing—a worthy addition to the couple's impressive body of work. Color and b&w photos. (On sale Nov. 20)
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“Random House Canada continues its impressive cookbook program with another lavish volume from world travelers Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid.”
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“What is left to say about the astonishing husband-and-wife team Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid?...This wonderful coffee table book is the result of multiple trips over three decades to the Indian subcontinent…Alford and Duguid have gathered a breathtaking range of recipes…The book’s gorgeous design is filled out with the authors’ own luminous travel photos…Mangoes and Curry Leaves is so fascinating it renders one virtually speechless.”
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; First Edition edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579652522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579652524
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.3 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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108 of 118 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on December 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
One of the joys, perhaps even a requirement of a good cookbook is for it to give you more than an endless list of recipies. It should teach you something about the country or region of the origin of the recipies. It might give you some ideas about the culture, the history, the whys and wherefores of the spices, perhaps the religious aspects.

And in this ares these authors excell. As the sub-title says, this book is about their travels throughout the Indian sub-continent. It shows something of the people, the way they live, the equipment they use to prepare the foods being cooked.

Then there are the recipies:

There are nine recipies for rice alone, one of the staples of my diet. I had shrimp with rice last night. But now I find myself looking at the beautiful color photograph of the Chile Shrimp Stir-Fry on page 216. It also has curry, cinnamon, lime juice, and more.

Any reason you can think of for not having shrimp two days in a row?

Well, one reason might be the pork curry in aromatic broth from page 279.

And to go with either one of these, cucumber salad with hot spiced mustard dressing from pages 61 & 62.

Banana-Pepper Rounds which seem to have a crisp caramelized skin over the cooked banana. Maybe serve this over ice cream for a combination of flavor and temperature.

Well, I'm stopping this writing and starting on a list to take to the supermarket. Thankfully they've made suggestions on alternates for some of the spices that I am unlikely to find in the small Nevada town in which I live.

Very well done guys!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Loon on September 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I cannot imagine anyone writing anything negative about this family and I come from Bangladesh and India and I have tons of Pakistani friends. The depth that the authors have gone into understanding ingredients and the cooking is remarkable. I cannot imagine how they came to know some of those details. Like my neighbor in PA who had written a negative review, I have also Jaffrey's books which i love but Alford and Duguid got into the very essence of real home cooking of the subcontinent. Other authors sometimes focus on party foods while this book advises the readers on what people really eat on a daily basis. The other travel advice is interesting and the photographs gorgeous although i understand the concerns of the Bethlehem, PA reviewer of pictures that are hard to interpret. Just let it go. They still do an even better job with this book than Hot Sour Salty Sweet. The book is great. I'm glad amazon offers it for a lower price than bookstores.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By cakeandcoffee on January 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I agree that this is a great 'coffee table' type book and that the authors have done some immaculate research into some of the lesser well known cuisines of the subcontinent and have lovely pictures to document their travels. What I didn't care for are the 'Westernizing' of the names of the dishes. For example, Gulab Jamun (which is a pretty well-known dessert to most Indian food fans)becomes something like Cottage cheese soaked in syrup. As an Indian, I also found a lot of the dishes very underspiced. I know that with Indian food, it really is a matter of taste, but I often found myself adding up to 3times the amount of spices called for in a recipe. Because it's so bulky, I often find myself turning to my other Indian cookbooks which are easier to keep near me as I cook in the kitchen.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Manley VINE VOICE on May 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is a foodie's ideal coffee table book. It is a large book, filled with beautiful photos, information on the culture of the various regions of India, and delightful recipes. This book is wonderful to look at, and a pleasure to read. You will find yourself going back to this book to browse through, as it is very well written.

I found the quality of photos in this book to rival any photos out of an art book. I can hardly describe the high quality photographs that were taken for this book. Scenic photos of the land, people, and wonderfully presented food are found all over this book. These aren't your standard cookbook photos, they are wonderful.

Cookbooks that take the time to describe the culture give so much more insight into the book than books that do not share this info. You can learn so much by understanding the culture, why ingredients are used, and their historical importance. Knowing the whys and hows behind what makes a dish unique to a particular region aides in understanding more about India. I am continually amazed at the similarities of ingredients in American cooking, and Indian cooking, but the results are completely different.

I liked the variety of recipes included in this book. While it would never be my personal primary source for Indian recipes, I like the added touches in this cookbook. I liked the descriptions of the ingredients and I thought it was a nice touch to offer suggestions for ingredients you may not be able to find readily at your local grocery store.

This book was a pleasure to find. This book is a wonderful coffee table book, high quality photos, excellent writting, and recipes are quite good. You can tell that much thought was put into this book, unlike other coffee table books. The books is well written, easy to read, and filled with many interesting facts. I would recommend this book to all foodies, looking to learn more about Indian food and culture.
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