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One Spice, Two Spice: American Food, Indian Flavors Hardcover – October 24, 2006

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In his debut cookbook, Cardoz, chef of the Danny Meyer–owned Indian fusion restaurant Tabla in Manhattan, successfully demystifies Indian cooking. He takes familiar foods like fish, meats and vegetables and adds a distinctly Indian touch, as in the Seared Scallops with Lime Jaggery Glaze. The collection of recipes is divided in 10 sections, which are organized by food type: e.g., soups, condiments (integral in Indian cooking), vegetables and chicken. With each recipe, Cardoz discusses his inspiration or the significance of the food in Indian culture. He explains that the recipe for Goan-Spiced Roast Pork Tenderloin, for instance, stems from the unique culture that was created when the Portuguese ruled Goa. Recipes reflect Cardoz's inimitable combinations, like the Duck with Black Pepper-Tamarind Jus and Venison Steaks with Coriander, yet most are surprisingly uncomplicated with accessible ingredients. The Roast Lamb with Mint–Black Pepper Sauce made with an aromatic spice rub and a sauce of tomatoes, mint, ginger and garlic is a standout as are such condiments as Boodie's Ketchup with cinnamon, vinegar and shallots and the Curry Leaf Lime Vinaigrette. One wishes only that Cardoz would have included desserts—it would have interesting to see how he applies his peerless cooking style to sweet endings. A 24-page color insert gives life to many of the creations. (Nov.)
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“Recipes reflect Cardoz’s inimitable combinations...yet most are surprisingly uncomplicated with accessible ingredients.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Strongly recommended for most collections.” (Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; 1St Edition edition (October 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060735015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060735012
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Critic Ruth Reichel's description of Chef Floyd Cardoz's New York restaurant, Tabla, is also an excellent summary of his book, "American food seen through the kaleidoscope of Indian spices." Cardoz applies the spices of his native country, but focuses on Western cooking techniques and the Western style of building a menu around one entrée (rather than a large collection of dishes served together, as is typical with Indian food).

The recipes in One Spice, Two Spice are easy to prepare, and intended to be taken as individual components of a meal. By applying Indian flavors to American style foods, it's easy to incorporate these dishes into everyday cooking, and add a little exotic flavor to an ordinary Tuesday night dinner. Cardoz does play with some classics, such as his Chicken Noodle Soup that incorporates turmeric, bay leaf, clove, ginger, cilantro, coriander, cumin, fresh green chilies, and chickpea-flour noodles cooked like spaetzle. In addition to the collection of recipes, Cardoz gives a nice overview of Indian spices and how they're used from a flavor standpoint in Indian cuisine. He introduces each recipe with a helpful description or story and offers serving suggestions for good accompaniments. It's a great book, and will build your familiarity in cooking with Indian spices.
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I love the way this cookbook brings together two different cultures to produce amazing recipes. I actaully found this book easy to understand because of the full detailed glossary that explains all the indian spices (which not many indian cookbooks do!) My personal favorite recipe is the black pepper shrimp. I have tried this dish at the restaurant, Tabla, and would never think it is possible to make at home but it turns out that it's a really easy dish to prepare. If you want American food with an Indian kick I highly recommend this book!
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Floyd Cardoz gives us a simple and wonderfully flavorful collection of ideas that you can have your way with. I was not a fan of Indian food (Americanized Indian poorly prepared) as is so common in this country. However, when done with care and the proper ingredients, techniques and execution, it is a magnificent experience. Well done Indian gets me the way few other things do. It gets me almost like it's in my bones, in the same way an excellent dashi does. The flavors and essence or umami permeates me. Cardoz, for years through his, Danny Meyer's and Tom Colicchio's restaurant "Tabla", (now closed), was able to hit that flavor profile for me perfectly. The balance of flavors using often ordinary ingredients was masterful. In one meal you would feel warm, spicy, cool, fresh, smokey and a dozen or so other things. No one ever overpowering the others or lingering after the dish. Many of the dishes had flavors that felt simple yet complex (at least that is the argument my mouth and my brain would have when not being able to figure out ingredients). Many times I have tried to recreate or emulate these flavors in dishes of my own from flavor memory, fortunatly this book confirmed where I was right and showed me what I was missing. It is written with practical American home kitchen in mind and is a simple must for anyone that does or wants to do Indian at home. Much of this book can be described as "American Food with Indian Flavors". (Access to an Asian or Indian grocer should be a consideration but is by no means essential.) Disclaimer: As much as I enjoy doing a precisely executed meal/dish, I am foremost an idea browser and most of the time I step into my kitchen I simply have a flavor in my head and I'm shootin' from the hip, "get some!"
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This books is thoughtfully written, but if you are trying to cook on a budget, this is not for you. He often uses expensive ingredients and rarely gives suggestions for substitues which makes it much less accessible for me. Many expensive ingredients, and also hard to get ingredients. Nobody sells fresh curry leaves around here...I don't know how much I will use this book after all.
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THis is a very thorough assortment of recipes. You will see all kinds of meats, veggies, seafood, etc., that you won't see in other books on this cuisine (goat, venison, steak, etc) as well as the usual suspects (chicken, seafood, etc.). There are many recipes too. The pics are scant, though. I always wish there were more rather than less pics. This book has many simple recipes with a short list of ingredients...but....there are also many that are lengthier. I wouldn't therefore recommend this book for beginners; due to lack of pics of finished recipes and the fact that some recipes will seem overwhelming in scope, best not to go there if just starting out. There is no garam masala at all used in these recipes which struck me odd. The author mentions in his preface that that spice is used in the north of India in winter. His expertise is concentrated on the western and southern portions of the country. You will need some basic Indian spices, so some shopping is needed to assemble it all, as I do, buying them mostly online...a few items I can buy fresh, like curry leaves from online sources, and I freeze them. It's not hard. But for the novice cook who just wants to dabble into this cuisine, you can see why it is not ideal. THis is for the serious cook who likes to explore spices and doesn't mind seeking out some spices not readily found in the market. You know who you are. So with that said, there are many pluses to this voluminous cookbook, but it may scare beginners away.

Because I am now dieting, and I love to cook but don't dare fall back into that mode, I am allowed veggies to fill me up, so I am using all my vast amt of cookbooks for that purpose now, veggie recipes. In this book I found quite a few that I overlooked before.
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