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About the Author

Christine Manfield is one of Australia's most celebrated chefs, a perfectionist inspired by strong flavours, a creative spirit whose generosity and skills have inspired young chefs, and a writer whose successful books have spiced up the lives of keen cooks from Melbourne to Mumbai and Manhattan. Owner of the award-winning Universal restaurant in Sydney, she has written five highly-acclaimed books: Stir, Spice, Christine Manfield Originals, Christine Manfield Desserts and Fire - A World of Flavour.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Conran Octopus (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184091601X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840916010
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,872,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Emperor on March 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I think that this book was just as much a coffee table book of photos then it is a recipe book.

For the most part the recipes do seem quite decent though there are perhaps not as much of them as you might expect from a book this size. They all seemed pretty standard recipes as well.

The photos are very nice though the accompanying text is a little pedestrian.

It is a huge book which could be a bit of a hindrance in the kitchen if you are following one of the recipes.

I did quite like it but it is quite pricey and I think that people's rating of it will probably depend on whether or not they buy it as purely a recipe book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mountain Girl on January 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is not simply a cookbook but a lovingly crafted record of the author's love of India and Indian cooking. The nature of regional cuisine is explored with different spice blends and ingredients explained. There are numerous colour photographs of India and its people.

The book is structured around different regions and details the author's travels through the area. This includes the dishes eaten, people met and descriptions of the landscape.

The hardcover is a big, heavy book and it is not something that you would have in the kitchen to get splashed with oil but it is stunningly beautiful.

The recipes are easy to follow and although they are detailed they do not have ridiculously obscure ingredients. If you are used to Indian cooking you will have most of the ingredients needed. These recipes are a mix of everyday food and special occasion food. Everything I have cooked from it has worked well. My only criticism would be that the book could have done with more pictures of the recipes featured and less of the travel photos.

If you want a beautiful, detailed book rich in colour and flavour then this is your book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin H. Souza on March 9, 2013
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I read the reviews of this book and wondered how a non-native could create such hype with an Indian cookbook so I ordered a copy through our library. Then I discovered one of the most visually beautiful visits to India that anyone could hope have between the covers of a book.

The real test would come by cooking up a few dishes and that proved equally satisfying as well. Then I had to track down a copy of own. This book is worth searching for.
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