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Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen Hardcover – April 21, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416566597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416566595
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bhide (The Everything Indian Cookbook) provides a personal look at modern Indian cooking, showcasing new versions of her native cuisine that pay homage to tradition but also acknowledge the everyday lifestyle of India today. While Bhide's recipes use authentic spices and techniques, she departs from the stereotype of complicated meals that take hours to prepare. Her recipes focus on spices and flavor, spanning the gamut of Indian cuisine. She also includes recipes for meat, rice, breads and desserts. Highlights include coriander-and-fennel crusted lamb chops, curried scallops, and onion bread stir-fry. Scattered throughout are personal stories on a variety of subjects, including a visit to Vaishno Devi Maa's Temple and recollections of a meal prepared by grand master Indian chef Imtiaz Qureshi. Bhide also provides a detailed spice pantry section and an insider's guide to time- and labor-saving ingredients. The author offers a refreshing look at the diverse and changing cuisine of India, with a new perspective that will be embraced by Indian food lovers everywhere. (Apr.)
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Product of a culture deeply bound to its traditions, Indian cooking has only recently begun to engage seriously with other cuisines. Bhide spearheads a movement seeking to reinterpret Indian cooking and make it more accessible to the growing international kitchen. Herself an offspring of the Indian diaspora and raised in the Middle East, Bhide eschews standard recipes that can be found in other Indian cookbooks, instead taking Indian ingredients, especially the vast array of spices, and applying them in original, intriguing ways. She concocts a cocktail snack based on Rice Krispies cereal but sharply scented with mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin, and fennel. Green chili chutney tops bits of omelet resting in little pastry shells. Mashed potatoes get a garlic, chili, and coconut kick. Dry rubs anoint both grilled fish and meat. Essays intersperse the recipes, most of them Bhide’s reflections on her family and upbringing. A revolutionary approach to Indian cooking. --Mark Knoblauch

More About the Author

My name is Monica Bhide and I am an engineer turned food/travel/parenting writer based out of Washington DC. My recipes are fun, accessible and tasty. I have been published in many major national and international publications, including Food & Wine, The New York Times, Parents, Cooking Light, Prevention, Health, SELF, Bon Appetit, Saveur, and many more. I am a contributing editor to the AARP magazine, a syndicated food columnist for Scripps, and a frequent contributor to NPR's Kitchen Window. My work has garnered numerous accolades, including my food essays being included in Best Food Writing anthologies (2005, 2009 and 2010). I have published three cookbooks, Modern Spice: Inspired Indian recipes for the contemporary Kitchen (Simon & Schuster, 2009, which Padma Lakshmi called her personal "BESTS.BOOK.EVER" in Newsweek); Everything Indian (Adams Media, 2004), and The Spice is Right (Callawind Publications, 2001).

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I love Indian food.
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There are so many wonderful recipes here, plus I love the little personal stories that Bhide drops into the book, like pearls.
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The instructions were easy to follow and the results were delicious.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Fass on November 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
First, I must admit that the author is a friend, and that I worked with her on this book. But please don't let that make you think that any praise I give the book is unearned. Believe me, if this book had fallen out of the sky into my kitchen I would also love it.

Why?

Reason #1: The recipes WORK. I'm lucky enough to know that Monica tests her recipes, and has people with all different levels of cooking skill test them, too. And she won't let a recipe go until everyone can make it. So even if you are a novice cook, you *can* make these dishes. And if you are already skilled in Indian cooking, you just might find a simpler way to make something you love. Case in point: the recipe for Cream of Wheat and Paneer Pancakes (page 200). When I read it, I recognized it immediately as idli. But where is grinding the grains for it? Where is letting the batter sit overnight (or longer) to ferment? Gone! But what you get is a delicious pancake that works as a side, as a bread, as the basis for a meal.

Reason #2: She is there to guide you through things that might be new to you. It might be a bit much to call this a "Mastering the Art of Indian Cooking," but there is very helpful information about ingredients and techniques that might be unfamiliar. And again, even if you think you know all about them, you just might learn something.

Reason #3: This really is a book for *modern* cooks. Who has time to grind spices, and make complicated multi-day recipes? Very few of us. But even the simplest, quickest recipes are so full of flavor, you'll almost feel guilty at how easy they are. There is no such thing as a recipe that is too simple, as far as I'm concerned, not if the people I serve it to eat up every last bit!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Ohlson on May 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There are so many wonderful recipes here, plus I love the little personal stories that Bhide drops into the book, like pearls. I find her recipes for vegetables especially helpful: we're trying to eat less meat in this house, and Modern Spice gives me so many new ways to cook old favorites like eggplant. She's also given me a reason to like green beans. Many nice seafood recipes, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K on January 27, 2011
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This cookbook has been a great addition to my kitchen. While I love Indian food, I often struggle to pull off recipes in my own home because it's difficult to obtain the right ingredients. Fortunately, many of the recipes in this book use recipes that are easy to access (yes, I had to make a special trip to Whole Foods for some, but that's still obtainable). And while the ingredients are easier to find, the recipes are still inventive and interesting (it's more than just a book filled with dal and chicken recipes). I personally enjoyed the short stories scattered throughout the book. However, they don't dominate the book, so if they're not your cup o' tea, you won't be too distracted by them. The photographs in this book are mouthwatering, and will make you want to try every recipe. Not only has this book become a staple in my kitchen, but I have given it twice as a gift to adventurous cooks, with rave reviews from the recipients.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Campbell on August 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Bhide's third cookbook features sophisticated, boldly-flavored recipes that reflect her unique life experiences in India, the Middle East, and the United States. While the recipes are grounded in traditional Indian flavors, they incorporate ingredients and techniques from many cultures. Each section is preceded by an essay that captures Bhide's relationship to a particular recipe, ingredient, or cooking philosophy. Her recipes are very personal, and the stories behind them are compelling. Like many of Madhur Jaffrey's cookbooks, Modern Spice offers a friendly, unintimidating approach to Indian cooking. Many of the recipes feature simple preparations and commonly available ingredients. They are forgiving, and encourage substitutions and creativity. Bhide thoroughly explains spices and herbs which may be unfamiliar, and recommends sources for unconventional ingredients and time-saving commercial products. Recommended for readers who enjoy a blend of recipes and personal narrative, or readers looking for a fresh approach to Indian cooking.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tara W. Dahill on May 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Modern Spice" is hands-down my favorite new cookbook. I am reading it cover to cover, and I simply can't say enough good things about this book. For those out there who fear the exploration of this cuisine, let "Modern Spice" be your guide. The pantry chapter alone will allay your fear of mysterious spices and by the time you've gotten to the first recipe you'll be chomping at the bit to get to your stove.

"Modern Spice" is more than a cookbook; its a deeply personal exploration of food, family, culture and more. Monice Bhide's passion for life and food is infectious - it will draw you in, keep you reading, and encourage you to explore. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this treasure - your heart and your palate will thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Laidlaw on February 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
First and foremost, this book is appropriate for any level of competency in the kitchen. And it's a fabulous addition for both lovers of Indian flavours and those wanting to experiment and learn. As both an experienced cook and lover of Indian flavours this has become my go to inspiration when I'm not sure what I'm craving. This is not a cookbook that requires huge amounts of prep time, or unusual ingredients. It's a modern take on Indian flavours, suitable for any kitchen. Indian dishes tend to be take away meals in our home, but I find myself turning to this book for new ideas, inspiration and shortcuts on weeknights when I don't have hours to get dinner on the table. As an addition Bhide's stories and memories are added throughout the book and make for lovely reading with a glass of wine. Highly recommend this, and I will definitely be picking up Bhide's other books.
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