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Madhur Jaffrey's Flavors Of India: Classics and New Discoveries Hardcover – March 14, 1995

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Madhur Jaffrey leads a guided tour through eight regions of her native India, each home to its own traditional dishes. With its evocative color photographs, anecdotal and informative text, and carefully written recipes, Madhur Jaffrey's Regional Indian Cooking is another delightful blend of history, adventure, and food from one of the world's most popular cookbook authors.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Carol Southern Books; 1 edition (March 14, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517700123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517700129
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,583,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By F. Liljeblad on August 19, 2010
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When it comes to Indian cookery, Madhur Jaffrey walks on water! ALL my favourite Indian cookery books have been authored by Ms. Jaffrey (with 3 exceptions: Sahni's 'Classic Indian Cooking', Sumana Ray's 'Indian Regional Cooking', and J.Indersingh Kalra's 'Prashad--Cooking with Indian Masters').

Because I'm very familiar with Indian cooking, I tend to gravitate to REGIONAL Indian cookery books, as the regions are so diverse and, whilst recognisably 'Indian' are still extremely distinct--obviously, light-years removed from the tried-and-true, formulaic 'Indian' restaurant in both the UK and US, with their quasi-Punjabi/quasi-Mughlai fare.

Thus I can heartily recommend this concisely-written, beyond excellent, hardcover book to anyone with basic cooking skills and an interest in regional Indian cuisine. The individual recipes are so good that few, if any, cooks who follow them could fail to turn out a perfect dish. For those just embarking on the road to Indian food, may I suggest other books by Ms. Jaffrey: 'An Invitation to Indian Cooking', 'Madhur Jaffrey's Quick & Easy Indian Cooking', or 'Madhur Jaffrey Indian Cooking'--all of which take the novice by the hand and guide her/him through basic Indian cookery. I also recommend the Sahni book.

This book, however, (Madhur Jaffrey's Flavors Of India: Classics and New Discoveries) is a revelation, covering 8 of India's major culinary regions, from South to North, from Kerala's duck curry, country style, to Bengal's superb tamarind fish (hilsa), to Punjab's minced lamb with chick peas--every recipe in this fascinating--and fascinatingly written--book works perfectly!

Because so many of Ms.
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I have been cooking Indian food for over 20 years, since I moved into an apartment where the previous tenant left one of Madhur Jaffrey's books behind. I now have a large collection of Indian cookbooks, including many by Jaffrey, but this is my favorite of them all.

The reason is that she traveled all over India and collected recipes from local people wherever she went (the source of each recipe is identified). Some of these people were aristocrats, like the Chettiars, a wealthy family of merchants in Madras, who contributed amazing and sophisticated dishes like Chettinad Pepper Chicken. Others were village people whose recipes are equally flavorful but much simpler, such as Boatman's Curry or Fish Moilly. Another major strength is the inclusion of recipes from regions such as Gujarat, Goa and West Bengal, whose cuisines are poorly represented in Indian restaurants in this country.

It's really too bad this book is out of print now. Even if you have to buy a used copy, it's a very worthwhile purchase.
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The best part about this cookbook? It covers regional recipes of India! So one can sample the width & the breadth of Indian cuisines rather than being restricted to the well-known staples. The author has also provided alternatives to the traditional Indian ingredients & spices - allowing flexibility to those who may be residing outside of India or to cooks who may be new to Indian cooking. Must have cookbook on Indian Cuisine for all foodies out there!
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