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Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 21, 2009
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Reason #1: The recipes WORK. I'm lucky enough to know that Monica tests her recipes, and has people with all different levels of cooking skill test them, too. And she won't let a recipe go until everyone can make it. So even if you are a novice cook, you *can* make these dishes. And if you are already skilled in Indian cooking, you just might find a simpler way to make something you love. Case in point: the recipe for Cream of Wheat and Paneer Pancakes (page 200). When I read it, I recognized it immediately as idli. But where is grinding the grains for it? Where is letting the batter sit overnight (or longer) to ferment? Gone! But what you get is a delicious pancake that works as a side, as a bread, as the basis for a meal.
Reason #2: She is there to guide you through things that might be new to you. It might be a bit much to call this a "Mastering the Art of Indian Cooking," but there is very helpful information about ingredients and techniques that might be unfamiliar. And again, even if you think you know all about them, you just might learn something.
Reason #3: This really is a book for *modern* cooks. Who has time to grind spices, and make complicated multi-day recipes? Very few of us. But even the simplest, quickest recipes are so full of flavor, you'll almost feel guilty at how easy they are. There is no such thing as a recipe that is too simple, as far as I'm concerned, not if the people I serve it to eat up every last bit!Read more ›
Monica Bhide is quite possibly one of the brightest rising stars in the Indian culinary horizon. She is as much at home rubbing shoulders with culinary giants such as Jose Andres & Sanjeev Kapoor as she is fielding questions and comments from a slew of over enthusiastic bloggers via her facebook page and her website. An engineer by academic training, she is the author of three successful books and writes extensively about food, traditions & culture for major publications.
Modern Spice is one of those books that takes its time to sink into, and when it does, completely enchants you into falling in love with the stories and recipes contained within. Its a beautifully balanced set of essays and anecdotes from the author's life, interspersed between a collection of about 120 unique recipes.
At first glance, some of the recipes may well elicit a comment of "oh this, c'mon its so simple/humble, I make it practically every week" . And yet, it escapes us that this very simplicity is what makes it so delicious & memorable.
The recipes contain a collection of day to day simple yet memorable dishes that we live on & look forward to at an intimate family dinner or a gathering of friends. The thoughts and words and (some) recipes are those of a wife, a mother, a nervous graduate student rather than an established author, and Ms. Bhide excels at communicating this in the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Monica brings pictures to life and always leaves you wanting morePublished 10 months ago by amber Barnett
These recipes jump off the page and will make your mouth water without intimidating cooks of all skill levels.Published 20 months ago by Gina Roberts-Grey
The problem for many westerners coming to Indian Cuisine for the first time is that it can seem so darn complicated. Read morePublished on March 22, 2014 by Luca Marchiori
We cook from Modern Spice a lot. Excellent explanations (and substitutions suggested). Results are company-worthy but don't keep you in the kitchen with one of those "4 days... Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by sylviasmith
I came across Monica's book browsing the net for ideas on contemporary Indian food. And I must say, I was mighty impressed. Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by Sabhnani Harsha Lajpat
Excellent Cookbook, Modern Spice
November 6, 2013.
As an avid cookbook collector and owner of a Culinary Library with over 6,000 cookbooks, I am happy to say that this... Read more
As someone who has traveled to India and learned how to cook traditional northern fare, this book was interesting in its take on classic flavors. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by KW
I have always loved cooking with spices so this book grabbed my attention. The best part though, is that all of these recipes are so accessible to an American cook. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by Diane
I love Indian cuisine and I like this book. For some of the recipes, you may have to order a few spices online or, if you are lucky to have one, visit your local Indian grocery... Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by M. Newton