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A A Taste of India [Paperback]

Madhur Jaffrey
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31 Mar 1988
Take a culinary tour of India. Visit each of India′s 16 main culinary regions through anecdotes and recipes.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Reprinted edition edition (31 Mar 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689707266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689707261
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 19 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,531,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now regarded by many as the world authority on Indian food, Madhur Jaffrey is an award-winning actress and bestselling cookery author. Her first book, An Invitation to Indian Cookery, was published in 1973 and her series for BBC television 'Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery' made her a household name. She has appeared in over 20 films, including Merchant Ivory's Heat and Dust, and written over 15 cookery books, including Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Bible (2003), published by Ebury Press.

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"'The recipes she gathers on her wanderings are thrilling to read-much more so to eat. The sketches of her travels mix straightforward information with personal evocation, and a full-blooded lyricism that borders on the incantory.' Harpers & Queen; 'The packaging is excellent, with wonderful, evocative introductions to the food of each Indian region and excellent location photography.' Observer" --This text refers to the Misc. Supplies edition.

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Lavish Praise for A Taste of India "Bidding fair to be the definitive book on Indian cooking, it is rich with [Jaffrey's] personal reminiscences and anecdotes, her culinary heritage and her vast knowledge of the significance of foods in both their religious and historical contexts." Bon Appétit "One of the few expensive books I believe is worth every dollar. It might be called the definitive work on India's culinary heritage." Chicago Sun–Times "Jaffrey may be the best stylist of today's cookbook writers." Newsday "Certainly the most ambitious, enlightening cookbook ever to come out of India." New York Post "Not only the best Indian cookbook but a unique book about India." Gourmet "This is the book I would unhesitatingly select if I could take just one on vacation." Chicago Tribune "Probably the most beautiful cookbook in years." Metropolitan Home "An impressive and tantalizing tour of one of the world's great melting pots." Publishers Weekly

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Indian cookbook 21 April 2004
Format:Misc. Supplies
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to make Indian food. The recipes are good--I've tried several and have never been disappointed.What makes it special for me is that the recipes are from various people across the country, which showcases the variety of cuisines in India. The book is arranged by state, and each chapter has an introductory piece about the food of the state. Bon apétit!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother of all Indian cookbooks 22 Feb 2002
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Format:Misc. Supplies
This book is an undisputed classic - so I was told. On my search for authentic Indian recipes, Julie Sahni's books were also recommended by culinary experts. While both have undoubted merits, this one is a personal favourite.
The major plus of this volume is to have the recipes sorted out by regions. Although Indian cuisine finds its common link in spices, it's amazing to see how differently they are used in various parts of India. Madhur Jaffrey delineates these subtle differences and if you know your spices, you could almost taste the dish right out of the book!
Her prose is engaging - most of her anecdotes were culled from her own culinary journey throughout the sub-continent. From enjoying bhelpuris in Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai to enjoying picnics at the Fort in Delhi, she draws the reader into her personal experiences effortlessly.
The recipes are notoriously foolproof - the success of one inevitably leads to another, and another. The ingredients are so carefully measured that every spice is allowed to make a subtle assault on your palate.
As if these weren't enough for the fullest recommendation, there are pictures to complement the prose - the amused expression of a komcha-wallah (snack man), a boat floating on Lake Dal in Srinagar - little vignettes of the country to rival the best travel guide to India.
In all, a splendid achievement and a book to have and keep for a lifetime- especially in it's present hardcover incarnation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Glad to say that new edition seems identical to old one. Madhur Jafffrey's experiences in India are very evocative. The photos are excellent and the recipes look delicious, but they sometimes appeared a little too labour intensive to a Westerner like me. Very much recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good dining... 17 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic cook book!! Great info on India, great recipes, easy to make and impressive on guests. Absolutely good dining!!
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Format:Paperback
Stunning. Lavish. Sublime. If you want a book on Indian Cuisine, haute and everyday, this is it. Superb recipes from all over India, beautifully illustrated and presented, it's like reading a TV show only better. This book is so good my (then) best friend stole my treasured hardback copy.
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