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Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Bible: India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Africa, Kenya, Great Britain, Trinidad, Guyana, Japan, U Hardcover – October 1, 2003
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This book starts off with a comprehensive and very interesting discussion on the history of curries and how Indian cookery spread across the globe through the spice trade and emmigration.
In fact it covers more than just curries. The sections are split into:
1. Lamb, Pork, beef, veal and goat
2. Poultry and eggs
3. Fish and seafood
5. Dals, beans and split peas
6. Kebabs and soup
7. Rice, noodles and breads
8. Relishes and Accompaniments
9. Special ingredients and techniques
Each chapter is prefaced with a page or two of introductory notes on the topic. Also, what I really like about the book is that interspersed throughout, are notes on topics such as "The Anglo Indian Influence", "The British 19th century curry", "In search of the perfect kebab" "The origins of the Bhuna", "The Japanese love of curry", "The origins of the Korma" and "The story of the goat curry". This stuff is great to read if you are a curry enthusiast like I am!
Recipies are represented from India, Pakistan, Trinidad, Hong Kong, USA, South Africa, Japan, Guyana, UK, Kenya, Bangladesh, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia - so it's truely an eclectic mix. Yet this strength in diversity is also the weakness of the book, as Madhur Jaffrey is an expert in Indian cookery. In her quest to write a "Curry Bible" she steps out of her comfort zone and into more unfamiliar territory - international cookery.Read more ›
Also slightly irritating is that the recipes are littered with "black magic", where you're told to, say, add ingredient X then immediately add Y; or perhaps to wait 30 seconds before adding A to B. Frankly it makes no difference which way around you do these things or what the delay is, this rubbish just wastes space which would be better spent explaining the recipe correctly. This here cook doesn't appreciate the time wasted in working around irrelevant instructions.
Having an extensive collection of cook book library and especially curry / Indian cooking books, adding more books is never an easy choice as I then need to cook my way though them. This book is in my top five favoured books to cook from. Although not a massive tome with thousands of recipes, Jaffrey's 'Ultimate Curry Bible' is a must have which would please true curry lovers everywhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes i got it for my daughter and she is already using it. And it has got my son interested too! My cooking career started with Madur Jaffrey's cookbook and passing the legacy over... Read morePublished 12 months ago by vandana sheel
This is a beautiful and informative cookbook, or even a cultural-historical work, and makes fascinating reading. Many of the recipes I've tried have been excellent. Read morePublished 18 months ago by tam61
My whole family absolutely love Madhur Jaffrey and her recipes. I haven't tried one that I didn't like. Read morePublished on March 5, 2014 by jan
It's a great book for anyone who wants to know more about curries , than just making them . Great cook bookPublished on September 22, 2013 by Des Flanagan
By far the best curry cookbook. The history and side stories are very interesting and enriching. Worth reading even if curry isn't your thing.Published on August 9, 2013 by Ephoist
Gift for Christmas, was requested from Indian Food lover but they thought it was out of print.
Was a great find and wonderful gift.
TITLE: Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Cookbook £25
AUTHOR: Madhur Jaffrey
RECIPES: This has recipes from all over Asia and former British colonies in Africa and the... Read more