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India with Passion: Modern Regional Home Cooking (Mitchell Beazley Food) [Hardcover]

Manju Malhi
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14 Oct 2004 Mitchell Beazley Food
Manju specialises in simple home cooking, and so all of her recipes are authentic and yet easy to prepare. She travelled widely in India to research the latest home cooking, gleaning ideas from takeaway food stalls as well as the kitchens of cooks, friends and family. The book contains fabulous location photography by award-winning Jason Lowe as well as studio shots of Manju's recipes.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (14 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840009470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840009477
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 504,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Manju Malhi's first book, Brit Spice, was a critical and commercial success and established her reputation for making complex Indian dishes easy to cook in a western kitchen. It won the Gourmand award for Best Cookbook Tied to a TV Series. She has made regular prime time TV appearances on shows including Saturday Kitchen and BBC Good Food and has presented her own series, Simply Indian, on Carlton Food Network. Manju has written for The Guardian and The Daily Mail and for numerous magazines, including Cosmopolitan.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, tasty, authentic Indian cooking 31 Dec 2004
Format:Hardcover
I just love this book. The photographs are superbly shot, very colourful and evocative of the real India and Indian culture. Whilst they are not just of the food Manju is presenting, they are providing a backdrop to the environment which inspired the recipes.
The idea of the four "corners" of the Indian sub-continent gives a great insight into the real, everyday foodie lives of the Indian people.
The recipes are well written and easy to follow. I haven't yet found any need for any specialised equipment. There are a wide range of styles and flavours, not all of them are spicy. There is more in this book than recipes just for the curry-lover. This is a triumph of regional, tasty, family-orientated everyday home cooking which shows that there is more to Indian cuisine than just a vindaloo after a few drinks in the pub.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is just stunning 7 Feb 2005
By David Jenkins VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This book is just stunning. Perhaps a foolish opening statement as by saying that I have stolen my own thunder . . . but I just cannot get away from how impressed I was by this book from the minute I got it.

Indian cooking for me has always been something to be enjoyed down the local Indian restaurant. Far too complex for me to attempt to cook it, added to which I have never known what to cook. It is easy to say cook a curry but that is not what Indian cooking is about. Yes there are curry recipes in the book but it is not about making curry - it is about cooking real, tasteful Indian dishes.

Indian cuisine must be the most diverse in the world. India has thirty-one states and territories and fifteen different languages, each spoken in different dialects, and this diversity is reflected in its cuisine. This is the sort of information I gained from the introduction to the book which very quickly brings you up to speed as to what Indian cooking is all about and how and why it differs so much from one part of the country to another.

I think it is the first time that an author of such a book has taken the time to write about what matters to a complete novice. So many cookery or recipe books assume an initial knowledge about the subject which can be very off putting if you are considering trying a recipe for the first time. Manju Malhi has taken the time to explain the origins of the different dishes and about the historical and cultural influences which have shaped modern day Indian cuisine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, simple & very tasty! 10 Feb 2007
Format:Hardcover
What a fabulous book! Stunning photography & top notch presentation create an expectation that this will be something special and the food doesn't disappoint! Don't expect to find the "run of the mill" fodder you find in your local takeaway contained within, but rather a large collection of exotic & unusual dishes from all over India. Instructions & description of techniques are clear & easy to follow & the recipes involve minimal prep & cooking time making them a realistic proposition for busy people to attempt,worth every penny!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manju - you've actually got me cooking! 2 July 2008
Format:Hardcover
My friends always laugh that I'm a supermarket ready meals buyer - who buys in bulk when they come round for dinner.
For my last birthday my cousin bought me Manju's book India with Passion and I found the photography (by William Lingwood)immediately got me flicking through - and wanting to buy fresh ingredients and get started on my first ever homemade Chicken Jalfrezi. Several dishes later I'm a transformed man - a cook even!
Thanks Manju for actually making me use my kitchen utensils and progressing away from my microwave and onto making full use at last of my oven.
This book is thoroughly recommended. Five star plus!
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