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"Vikas Khanna is a brilliant and original chef. I have no hestiation in recommending this book to lovers of great Indian cuisine." ― Salman Rushdie



"Vikas Khanna is an American treasure lent to us by his native India." ― Bobby Flay



"Vikas Khanna's enthusiasm for food is so intense that it practically explodes off the page. I could taste the dishes just by reading the recipes."―Jean-Georges Vongerichten



"Vika's dishes remind me of the richness and diversity that is the Indian heritage and culture."―Dr. Deepak Chopra

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Isle Press (July 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891105477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891105470
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No one can deny that this is a beautiful book filled with mouth watering recipes and exquisite photographs. But what really sets this particular cook book apart are the wonderful, heart warming stories illustrating Chef Vikas culinary journey.

However, what I found to be most compelling is the simple yet subtle complexity of the flavors. Most of the Indian foods that I've been exposed to have had so many different ingredients and spices in one dish that it's difficult to distinguish any one particular flavor note and thus eventually everything tastes basically the same. Not so with these recipes. I love that there are only a few key flavors in each dish which allows the spices and ingredients to really stand out. It's about time someone has written an Indian cookbook in a sophisticated manner that really showcases the myriad of spices found in Indian cuisine. This truly is a stellar, knockout book that I would recommend for anyone who enjoys cooking, especially those who love cooking for others much like Chef Vikas.
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Wow... this cookbook is fast becoming my go to for home cooked meals. I have always been a huge fan of Indian food,(and have had the pleasure to eat a Junoon), but always found it way too intimidating to do at home. This book has changed that for me. It really is fun, and makes cooking Indian food so approachable. I was able to stock up on a few key spices, and since then, have been excited any time i have tried out a new recipe. The book itself is filled with wonderful pictures, and has left me in awe of Chef Khanna, and how he is able to create such depth to flavors. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Indian food, you will not be dissapointed.
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By Justin on September 20, 2013
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so far tried the chicken tikka masala, the spinach and potatoes (though subbed paneer for potatoes), the chicken samosas, and the cilantro chutney. all excellent. no shortcuts, which i like in a cookbook...especially an ethnic cookbook.
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I was never a cookbook kind of cook, until I got this book! It was a gift from my Dad a couple of Christmas's ago. I was so happy to find drink recipes inside. I also found the little explanations of Indian food ingredients really helpful. I didn't read it all at once, I just refer to it as I'm introduced to new spices or ingredients while choosing a recipe. The anecdotes are a wonderful edition. Cooking with this book is a perfect combination of easy, but challenging enough to feel proud, and fun, but also relaxed. I've made a few of the dishes, and I just can't wait to try more of them! The recipes are descriptive, but well organized and concise. They are also of course, delicious.
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I read the cookbook first, and am learning to cook some of the recipes. The instructions are easy to follow
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Flipping through this book, I feel that the recipes are perhaps a little too Americanized. I feel that From Mom with love: Complete Guide to Indian Cooking and Entertaining by Pushpa Bhargava and The Bombay Palace Cookbook are more authentic.
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Gorgeous and easy recipes.
Andrew Blackmore's writing and photos for Vikas are sensational!
I made the Basil and Zuchini Lentils. Delish! Looking forward to making Plantain Curry with Yogurt. Yum!
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I borrowed this book from the library and it is a great cookbook. I made the Chicken Tikka masala and it was delicious. Also interesting are the stories of the culinary journey. I can see myself using the recipes regularly - with minor adjustments.
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