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The Everything Indian Cookbook: 300 Tantalizing Recipes--From Sizzling Tandoori Chicken to Fiery Lamb Vindaloo Paperback – April 8, 2004
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About the Author
Born in India, Monica Bhide moved to the United States in 1991. She has an engineering degree from Bangalore University and two masters in information systems technology from George Washington University. She is the founder of Spice is Right Culinary Consulting. Monica's cookbook, The Everything Indian Cookbook: 300 Tantalizing Recipes - From Sizzling Tandoori Chicken to Fiery Lamb Vindaloo (Everything Series) was published in April 2004. Bhide is also the recipient of the Susan B. Langhorne Scholarship for Food Writers at the Symposium for Professional Food Writers held at the Greenbrier. She currently resides in Washington, DC, with her husband, Sameer, and son, Jai.
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Then I came accross this book by Monica and I must say that I am pleasantly surprised - by the simple yet delicious recipes, easy layout and variety. There are so many things that I never dared to cook thinking that it would be really complicated or time consuming. But Monica's recipes are short, concise and very easy to follow.
I would definitely recommend this book to those who want to start cooking Indian food as well to those who want a change and variety in their collection.
Thanks Monica ( that comes from my family !!!)
The problem with the kindle version is that no care was taken to modify the content of this book to accomodate an ebook format. As an example, the ingredient list for Chicken Tikka Masala includes the following items:
1 tablespoon Ginger-Garlic Paste (see recipe on page 13)
1/2 teaspoon Warm Spice Mix (see recipe on page 12)
1 recipe Chicken Tikka (page 24)
eBooks do not use page references like a regular book would, which means knowing the page number isn't very helpful at all (ex: "Page 13" of this book is really "location 320-327" in the ebook). One can incorporate a series of search functions or navigate through the table of contents to locate the recipes being referenced but this is very time consuming. Doing a search for "Page 13" will not yield results, doing a search for "Ginger-Garlic Paste" will yeild A LOT of results (not necessarily the ones you want or need) and navigating through the table of contents takes some guess work since the recipes are nested within broader categories. It would be nice if they at least hyper-linked cross-referenced recipes but minimally, page numbers should have been updated to reflect appropriate location numbers.
As for the recipes themselves, I'm very pleased. I would consider this an introduction to Indian cooking. As others have mentioned you may notice that some of your 'favorites' are otherwise missing (No Aloo Gobi :(??), however, this cookbook offers a nice collection of familiar dishes as well as lesser known dishes that are a true delight to try.Read more ›
Monica Bhide is from India. She has been cooking Indian cuisine for more than 20 years, and has taken several formal cooking courses on Indian food. She is a caterer, home chef and is now offering online cooking classes! This is her second cookbook!
This cookbook offers delicious recipes to the Indian food lovers of the world! Each recipe is easy-to-read; gives the English name to the dish, as well as the Indian name; gives an approximate preparation time frame, as well as cooking period.
Each recipe offers ideas for serving, a substitution for a hard-to-find ingredient, or a piece of trivia about the dish. The chapters included in this book are: Basics of Indian Cooking; Basic Recipes; Glossary; Suggested Menus; Additional Resources; as well as chapters for each food item (starters, drinks, salads etc.).
Although there are no photographs in the cookbook, the dishes are so easy to prepare, one does not need a picture of the end-result.
Some of the delicious recipes you will encounter in this book are: Mango Yogurt Pudding, Shrimp Fritters, Dill and Potato, as well as Red Radish Salad.
This is a great cookbook filled with wonderful Indian dishes. Pick up a copy and learn about this wonderful corner of the world!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Recipes and a must have in the kitchen! Some of the family favorites is the Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Masala, Chili Chicken and Lamb Vindaloo! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chantel Smallbone
this cookbook is GREAT for the beginner indian cooking student. fair warning though, the spices used are EXPENSIVE and sometimes hard to find if you live in a small town. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Taira Hopkins
Recipes are great, I love it! We do find the amount of spices recommended for each dish to usually be a bit light, so we often increase the proportions.Published 6 months ago by Wazka
The book did not mention how to make vegetable pakoras, samosas, and gulab jamun. The author needs improvement. I gave the book away to a donation book bin. Read morePublished 9 months ago by George
I have mad a lot of the dishes in this book. They make it very easy to follow and offer tips as well.Published 10 months ago by jeff
I bought this for a friend for a Christmas gift and it was such a relief to see her actually make use of it! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Desiree