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Street Food of India: The 50 Greatest Indian Snacks - Complete with Recipes Hardcover – August 31, 2010
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*Some of the photographs in this book are so beautiful they look like carefully crafted dishes made for a glossy magazine shoot...the recipes are delicious and can easily be recreated using ingredients found in the West . . . a pure pleasure.*-- Sunday Telegraph
*This wonderful blend of both cookbook and photo journey is a feast for the palate as well as the eyes. * --Tuscon Citizen
About the Author
Sephi Bergerson is an independent photographer based in New Delhi since 2002. Previously a commercial photographer and president of the Professional Photographers’ Association in Israel, he received the Hazel Greenwald award for documentary photography in 1991 and was nominated for Photographer of the Year in 1998.
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Top Customer Reviews
The reason I couldn't give this book a five star rating is because of the above-noted impracticality of the recipes. That warranted four stars. However, I had to pull it down another notch to three-stars just because of the tone taken by the authors in the commentaries. I felt that the narration and commentary was somewhat racist and insensitive, seeming to characterize much street food as "poor man's" this or "poor man's" that, treating the people almost as specimens to be observed and amused by rather than people whose culture deserves respect and admiration.
Actual photos taken around Bombay, Delhi, Amritsar and Varanasi, show readers just how ingrained street vendors are in the Indian palette. And while the selections truly are some of the best snacks, many of which I have sampled, a broad representation from all corners of the country are missing.
DIY recipes are included for the most passionate to attempt in recreating at home. But, as any lover of street food will attest to, part of the joy in handing over your cash in exchange for a freshly steamed momo or fried samosa, is the experience of eating with others in the open as the world passes.
First time travelers will enjoy comparing their notes while learning a bit more about the food represented in the book. Locals and repeat tourists will read the book as a trip down memory lane; Memories of places where you drank the best cup of chai, or encountered a night of restless pain at the hands of tainted food just a few hours earlier. Either way, it left me hungry and eager to return to the streets.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I adore India, Indians, the Mahatma and Indian food, but this book, was sadly, only just okay.Published 6 months ago by Charlene Smith
One of the most authentic collections of Indian recipes. Everything we've made from this book tastes exactly as if you're buying it from a street vendor.Published 10 months ago by Anup Gurnani
A great addition to my small meals collection of cookbooks. Love it!Published 18 months ago by Debra L. Cicchella
Beautiful photography and great recipes. I have been waiting for a book like this to provide authentic street food recipes from wonderful India.Published 23 months ago by annie russell
Excellent cookbook with good directions and tempting recipes. I used it several times and then gave it away as a birthday present.Published on May 4, 2014 by Raymond Hoche-Mong
This is a great book for my wife. She is Indian, but knows very little of the cooking culture. She will have a good time flipping through this book.Published on December 18, 2012 by Good shoe - bad shoe size
Like I said, I wanted recipes. Just got this for Christmas and I was really disappointed once I had a chance to look through the book. Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by William Hopke