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Classic Indian Cooking [Hardcover]

Julie Sahni , Marisabina Russo
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Oct 1980
This extraordinary cookbook is a complete course in Indian cuisine. When it was first published it was hailed by both Jane Grigson and Elizabeth David, who said of it.. 'This is a marvellous book. Julie Sahni tackles the daunting task of presenting the multiple, complex traditions of Indian cookery to the English-speaking world and brings it off triumphantly.' Illustrated throughout with explanatory line drawings it introduces all the basic spices and special ingredients so fundamental to Indian food, then explains the techniques employed in using them. So brilliant a teacher is Julie Sahni that it is immediately obvious that Indian food, while rich and varied, is not difficult to prepare - the cooking principles are basic and well-known and the utensils needed are few and simple and Julie Sahni is not averse to short cuts using a food processor. Julie Sahni was born in India and now lives in New York where she has established herself as America's premier authority on Indian cooking.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company; 1 edition (Oct 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688037216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688037215
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 17.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,890,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Voted one of the top 45 cookbooks of all time by New York's Village Voice --Village Voice

At once authoritative but accessible and inviting. --John Lewis, Waterstones --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for those interested in Indian cooking 11 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Although the sheer volume of the book is daunting at first, don't panic. My husband and I found Sahni's cookbook to be very well-written, and the recipes are delicious! I will agree with one other reviewer though, and say that Madhur Jaffrey's _Indian Cooking_ might also be a worthwhile buy since her recipes are a little less complicated. But definitely try Sahni's once you get some experience! Her book on vegetarian and grain cooking is also excellent, even if you are not vegetarian.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book on Technique 24 May 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book taught me the basics of cooking Indian food. The first few chapters alone were worth the full price of the book. Although my favorite Indian cookbook is Jaffrey's "An Introduction to Indian Cooking" (the spice combinations in Jaffrey's recipes are superb), Sahni does a better job of organizing and explaining the fundamental techniques. The recipes are less complex than those in Jaffrey's book, but sometimes Sahni's simplicity is a welcome change. Lastly, all recipes can be prepared with much less fat than called for, but the onions will not brown well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy addition to your cookbook shelf. 18 Aug 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
If you are interested in Indian cooking, thisbook contains a large number of interesting recipes. However, only buy this AFTER you have purchased the masterpiece "Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking" by Madhur Jaffrey. If you know what you are doing with Indian cooking, this book will give you several new recipe ideas. I stress however, that in my opinion, Jaffrey's book is the definitive way to get your feet wet, not this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, Readable, Authentic 4 Jan 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Sahni's a terrific writer and educator; what's more, she knows when to inject her own opinion and when to convey unannotated Tradition. This is a highly polished (but extremely approachable) work, beautifully organized and each recipe carefully developed. A wealth of knowledge awaits you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book! 26 Aug 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is a goldmine of information about Indian cooking. From how to select and grind your own spices to a wide variety of recipes. And with the author's personal anecdotes thrown in too. There are easy recipes, and complex recipes, but all are fun to prepare due to the author's detailed instructions. Everything I've tried has been wonderful and received rave reviews from my guests!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
THis is an excellent investment. Every recipe that I've tried, the entire family has enjoyed. When your kids will eat this stuff....that's a great recommendation.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book 29 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I've owned a copy of this book for several years, and some of the pages are falling out. If I was cursed to own only 5 cookbooks, this would be one of the titles I'd choose.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Indian food in my own kitchen! 14 Feb 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
"Classic Indian Cooking" is by far the best of the various Indian cookbooks I've owned. Julie Sahni ranks with Julia Child in her ability to teach, inspire and help you understand techniques and ingredients. The recipes are meticulous and so convincingly put forth that the reader wouldn't even think about taking a short-cut or substituting an ingredient -- you know that Julie knows best. The results, in every recipe I've tried, are spectacular. (Particularly the splendid recipes for chicken braised with spices.) The complex flavors and heady aromas delight the senses long after the guests have left and the dishes are washed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars hot stuff
I've started working with the recipes as inspiration for cooking ideas, more than just the recipes themselves. Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Cognologist
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I'm into everything Indian at the minute and this book does everything to keep my interest alive. Great book. You won't be disappointed.
Published 10 months ago by Jonathan Stafford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to indian cuisine
This book is quite old now, you can tell from the thinsg she says and from the pictures used. The good thing about the book is the recipes. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Johnny
4.0 out of 5 stars love it
Bought this book on the recommendations of others, i havent been disappointed.

nicely set out - easy to read and follow. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by E. J. Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Found what I was looking for.
I haven't read Jaffrey's books yet, but to date, this is by far the best one I've read on Indian cookery. The instructions are incredibly clear. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2010 by Mr. M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book!
"Classic Indian Cookery" is one of the best Indian cookbooks I've come across, it compares really well with offerings from Madhur Jaffrey & Manju Malhi. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2007 by C. Niblett
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book.
I love this book. You can easily follow the recipes and the techniques. There is also a wealth of background information. And last but not least the food is delicious.
Published on 3 Sep 1999
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