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Cooking Like Mummyji [Paperback]

Vicky Bhogal
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Book Description

6 Oct 2003
If you think you know Indian cooking, think again.

In over 100 recipes which are spoonfuls of her upbringing, Cooking Like Mummyji reveals real, authentic, traditional Punjabi home cooking, as cooked by families in British homes, and as opposed to the food in Indian restaurants which was invented for the Western palate. As Vicky says, "I have often thought it such a shame that the Western world is not let in on the secret of real Indian / British Asian home cooking, as though it is a sort of long-standing trick, our last remaining jewel. Our home food is much lighter, healthier, more vibrant and varied than Indian restaurant food. We don't use lots of heavy oil, cream or endless lists of unnecessary spices. A handful of spices are key and used often but, like musical notes, can be combined in many different ways to create beautiful melodies".

This is a sharp, affectionate look at both the food and culture written by an insider and delivered with love. Stunningly illustrated too, this much praised bestseller which sold out before publication, won The Jeremy Round Award for Best First Book at the Guild of Food Writer's Awards and shortlisted to the final three for Best Book at the Glenfiddich Food and Drink Awards, both 2004.


Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (6 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743239822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743239820
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Vicky Bhogal emerged onto the food scene at 25 years old with her first cookbook, the bestselling and highly acclaimed Cooking Like Mummyji published by Simon and Schuster in 2003, a love letter to the Punjabi Indian food she was brought up on in Britain. It won the Jeremy Round award for Best First Book at the Guild of Food Writers Awards and short-listed for Best Book at the Glenfiddich Awards.

An avid campaigner of many causes, next was Vicky's brainchild celebrity recipe book for the Make Poverty History campaign, A Fair Feast in 2005, which she compiled and edited. Insisting that 100% of the proceeds go to charity, the book has raised over £100,000 for The Fairtrade Foundation and Oxfam's Make Trade Fair Campaign.

2006 saw the release of A Year of Cooking Like Mummyji, picking up and continuing to explore the much-loved thread of her first book through the recipes of British Asian communities, against the backdrop of the seasons and elegant poetry.

Vicky also created her own authentic chilled foods range, 'Just Like Mummyji's' exclusively for Tesco 2004-2007, becoming a £3.2m brand within 6 months and winning her a Grocer Award in 2006 and short-listing for Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Asian Jewel Awards 2006, sponsored by Lloyds TSB.

Her fourth book, Flavour: A World of Beautiful Food, was published by Hodder and Stoughton in 2009. Unveiling the global breadth of her kitchen, she takes an array of delicious ingredients and shows how to combine them according to their flavour profiles in simple and imaginative ways, to create exciting new dishes. It was shortlisted as Best Hardback Book in the world under 35 Euros in the 2010 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards.

Vicky happily lives, cooks and eats in her beloved London.

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"An enchanting book, suffused with charm, wit and the kind of fresh, light recipes that can dazzle a dinner party or make a perfect supper for one. I defy anyone to read her recipes for Coconut Fish Dream or Pomegranate Rubies with Lime and not dash for the spice rack"
Red Magazine

"A tribute to the Sikh community living in Britain, Vicky Bhogal's book brings favourite family dishes to the table in much the same way as they would be in rural Punjab."
Roopa Gulati, Time Out Magazine

"Mix a pinch of Nigella with a teaspoon of Bollywood and you get the glamorous Vicky Bhogal, who will change your perception of Indian cuisine for ever'
You Magazine, The Mail on Sunday

"Fast, clever, witty and utterly unlike the over-stylised fare offered up by most food writers"
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, The Independent

"Written with openness and delight in its subject...intelligent and fascinating"
Caroline Roux, The Guardian

"If you like your food aromatic and spicy, this gorgeous book will tickle your taste buds. Featuring the best of British Asian home cooking, there's not a tikka masala in sight."
She Magazine, who selected the book as their pick of the best for Christmas gifts 2003

"A young British Asian writer is set to publish a book on Indian homecooking that should have you eating out of her hand... including family photography, stunning illustrations, humorous anecdotes and witty insights, Cooking Like Mummyji proposes to dispel a few myths and stereotypes about Indian food and British Asian culture"
Asian Times

"... a book that will be greatly valued by young Asians, especially those who ache for a taste of Punjabi home cooking"
Tandoori Magazine

"One of the brightest new talents in the cookery world"
BBC Good Food Magazine

About the Author

Vicky Bhogal emerged onto the food scene at 25 years old with her first cookbook, the bestselling and highly acclaimed Cooking Like Mummyji published by Simon and Schuster in 2003, a love letter to the Punjabi Indian food she was brought up on in Britain. It won the Jeremy Round award for Best First Book at the Guild of Food Writers Awards and short-listed for Best Book at the Glenfiddich Awards

An avid campaigner of many causes, next was Vicky's brainchild celebrity recipe book for the Make Poverty History campaign, A Fair Feast in 2005, which she compiled and edited. Insisting that 100% of the proceeds go to charity, the book has raised over £100,000 for The Fairtrade Foundation and Oxfam's Make Trade Fair Campaign. 2006 saw the release of A Year of Cooking Like Mummyji, picking up and continuing to explore the much-loved thread of her first book through the recipes of British Asian communities, against the backdrop of the seasons and elegant poetry.

Vicky also created her own authentic chilled foods range, 'Just Like Mummyji's' exclusively for Tesco 2004-2007, becoming a £3.2m brand within 6 months and winning her a Grocer Award in 2006 and short-listing for Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Asian Jewel Awards 2006, sponsored by Lloyds TSB.

Her fourth book, Flavour: A World of Beautiful Food, was published by Hodder and Stoughton in 2009. Unveiling the global breadth of her kitchen, she takes an array of delicious ingredients and shows how to combine them according to their flavour profiles in simple and imaginative ways, to create exciting new dishes. It was shortlisted as Best Hardback Book in the world under 35 Euros in the 2010 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards.

Vicky happily lives, cooks and eats in her beloved London. www.vickybhogal.com

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 2 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
No praise could be too high for this book. The asides regarding Sikhism and British-Asian culture are fascinating, and most importantly of all, the recipes really work! For 20 years I've been eating in the curry cafes of Manchester - much preferable to the celebrated Curry Mile of Rusholme - and at last I have the lowdown on how to prepare the perfect dahl, saag and mattar paneer. Purely British-Asian dishes such as baked bean and spring onion sabji also work brilliantly.
This kind of food seems to me to be, at the beginning of the 21st Century, as much British as Indian, and should be celebrated as such along with great traditional dishes like the Sunday roast, oysters and stout and perfectly fried cod and chips. Great stuff!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 10 Feb 2004
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What a wonderful book! The recipes work well, with ingredients that are available in the average town. The commentary is interesting and amusing.
I have given two copies as gifts since buying one for myself.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking Like My Mummyji Too! 28 May 2004
Format:Paperback
As a fellow first generation British Asian, I was rather sceptical of the book's authenticity. This was short lived - I'm extremely impressed by the way in which Ms Bhogal has remained true to the receipes created by our Mums - the authentic Punjabi dishes so lovingly recreated so many thousands of miles away from their childhood homes, and the wonderfully innovative fusion dishes invented to take on the influences gained from their host culture. The photography in the book really captured the essence of Punjabi life and culture, whilst the snippets of info helped my new Husband understand the little quirks and customs he's now taken on!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mummyji Heaven! 22 July 2004
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I vote Ms Bhogal our new monarch! She is truly wonderful - and her book is one of the best cookery books I have (and I have lots). Unlike the current stars of British kitchens (Nigella, Nigel, Anthony W-T, Ainsley, Rick et al) there is nothing pretentious, trendy or devious about these recipies; none of the ingredients are difficult to find, there is nothing 'exclusionist' about any recipies, there is little 'faffing about', you don't need flashy equipment and (importantly) the majority of the dishes are things you could eat every day - not full of cream or butter so no danger of inducing a heart attack within a week of trying them out! I've been using her recipies regularly since Christmas, and recommended this book to at least ten people - as well as giving several copies as gifts.
I rank Vicky Boghal with Delia Smith (from whom I learned to cook in my early teens during the late 1970s with her first 'cookery course') and there aren't many who get that kind of praise!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
This book is so good it has prompted me to write my first Amazon review. Finally I have got a practical and authentic british asian cookery book which in addition is a joy to read. The recipes are simple and easy to follow yet give delicious results while the insights into the author's life and family are both warm and entertaining, I can't recommend it enough.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it now! 1 Feb 2005
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Cooking like Mummyji is superb. It has a wealth of great recipes - many familiar - others new and exciting. Vicky Bhogal keeps it simple but shows you how to recreate the gorgeous tastes of the best Indian food in the world - mummy's! Fantastic for those like me who have left our mum's kitchens where these great dishes were prepared, and want to know the secrets. If you like real Indian food, whether fish, chicken, or vegetarian, you definitely won't be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I use this over and over 13 Mar 2007
By fiona g
Format:Paperback
This book is fantastically simple and got me into cooking indian food when I'd assumed it was horribly complicated and required billions of ingredients. Vicki's dad's lamb in sauce is fantastic. It makes cooking an absolute joy and is a book I turn to again and again. Beautiful to look at too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The mystery of how to make a curry is solved! 21 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This very easy to follow cook book is exactly what I have been searching for in my quest to be able to cook, from scratch, a decent indian meal. There are also loads of helpful advice on what to buy, how to store the different spices / ingredients etc.
I have made a couple of successful meals now and can't wait to try other recipes now that my confidience has grown. Shop bought curries are no longer an option! - you'll hate them after trying this food...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Recipes
This book has some really good authentic indian recipes - I have used this many times for some classic dishes.
Published 3 months ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars a charming very personal collection
i recently rediscovered my much loved 'Cooking with Mummyji' on my return to NZ and finally getting to grips with my stored items. Read more
Published 4 months ago by H. Machin
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
wanted this book as a present but the first page being torn out and the second stating it had been been removed from a library means i cant give this as a gift
Published 10 months ago by casper
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
This is just a fantastic book with recipes I'd forgotten about that my mum used to make. Made me remember my mum as I have similar memories. Very detailed unlike some cook books. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs R K Rayit
5.0 out of 5 stars so good
just amazing, authentic and just so full of childhood memories that take me back to memories of my dad and his food
Published 17 months ago by S. Ayling
3.0 out of 5 stars Good recipes no pictures!
I was a great fan of the original book but unfortunately never got a chance to purchase it. So when this special anniversary edition came out I was very quick to get one! Read more
Published 18 months ago by lilacflower
5.0 out of 5 stars cooking like mummyji
i use to have the hard back to this but as often happens i lent it out & it never came back
but i had to get this for one single recipe - the quick saag recipe - brilliant! Read more
Published 19 months ago by jinny
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise
I am, like many of you out there, a sucker for any new recipe book that comes along, esp those written by people from minority cultures and cuisines. Read more
Published on 11 April 2010 by saki
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy!
This is the best and easiest Indian cookbook I've found so far. I particularly like the 'Coriander Fish', 'Coconut Fish Dream' (which is also a fabulous sauce with chicken or veg)... Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2006 by Sarah McIntyre
4.0 out of 5 stars Contains absolute gems
Vicky Bhogal demystifies the secret to successful homemade indian cooking. She has a very useful ingrediants list which advises you what to do when things go wrong. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2006 by Fermina Daza
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