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India [Hardcover]

Pushpesh Pant , Andy Sewell
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28 Sep 2010
India: The Cookbook is the definitive guide to the rich and varied cooking of India. Doing for India what The Silver Spoon did for Italy and 1080 Recipes did for Spain, it contains 1,000 easy-to-follow, authentic recipes covering the length and breadth of India, including starter salads and kebabs; fish, vegetarian and meat main courses; breads and snacks; pickles and side dishes; and desserts and drinks. It also provides a wealth of information on the different regional cooking styles, the food philosophies of India, and guides to cooking equipment and ingredients. The recipes have been extensively researched, tested and collected from all regions of India by Professor Pushpesh Pant, author of several Indian cookbooks and an expert on Indian cuisine. They have been fully updated for western kitchens, retaining all the colours, flavours and textures of this fascinating and mouthwatering cuisine.

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  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd (28 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714859028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714859026
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 11.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Part of Phaidon's ridiculously popular culinary-bible series, it could mean you'll never need a takeaway again.' Sunday Times 'Phaidon have once again produced another wittily packaged, yet comprehensive cookbook. ...an excellent collection' Chef 'beautiful .. 1,000 family recipes that have been collected from all over the subcontinent' The Independent '...this professor-cum-Indian food scholar offers up a mammoth work that encompasses every region of the country and provides 1,000 recipes.' Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Pushpesh Pant was born in Nainital, northern India, and is now a professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. A regular recipe columnist and author of many cookbooks in India, he has spent two decades collecting authentic family recipes from all over the subcontinent, which have been carefully edited, tested and collated to produce a remarkable collection documenting the rich diversity of Indian cuisine.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginers 1 Feb 2011
Format:Hardcover
Whilst I truly like this cookbook and have only made 2 dishes from it I was dissapointed by the proof reader as in both cases either the some of the ingredients or method were missing, if not in whole then at least in part. As I have some experience of Indian coooking this did not present any real problem but I wonder how a less experienced home cook would manage.

Having said that the book does present well and is easy to use. The receipes are varied and appear interesting so I look forward to finding some more errors!
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108 of 115 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did anyone actually copy proof this? 10 Oct 2010
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This is a beautifully presented book, as all the Phaidon ones tend to be and the recipes are really enticing. Unfortunately I have tried three recipes so far and each and none can be followed as described as key ingredients are missing (yeast, I would assume, in the naan breads where it asks you to leave the dough for two hours to rise in a warm place) or it asks you to prepare ingredients for pastes which it then never refers to again (Imperial Chicken) or where it imagines you can make 12 portions of lentil filled puffed bread with only 1 tablespoon of self raising flour (which is going to form a dough to encircle 120g of lentils).

Beautiful but utterly worthless. I will be writing to Phaidon to complain and ask them to send me a corrected edition.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this cookbook having read all the reviews, including those which complained of bad proof-reading, incomplete recipes and missing or misprinted ingredients. Sounded very comprehensive though, so decided to risk it anyway. Glad I did, as I have not experienced these problems myself, and this is the largest, most comprehensive and most complete Indian cookbook I have ever come across, and I have yet to find a recipe which was incomplete or had ingredients or steps missing.

Part of this could be down to skill or knowledge, I suppose. I've been cooking for myself, from scratch, pretty much every single day for the past 30 years. I use cookbook recipes quite often, but I also know a great many techniques and basics off by heart. That is one side of it; on the other, I learned all my basic cooking skills from my mother, other skills from books, and I've never had any formal training. I'd last about 30 seconds in a professional kitchen! So I'd class myself as a practised home cook, nothing more. But this does mean that when asked to saute something, or to cook something until done, I know what to do and do not need exact timings or the details of the technique spelled out. Also, I can throw basic ingredients together if required eg. when confronted with a recipe requiring paneer I'm more likely to go buy a couple of litres of milk (yes, you do have to use whole milk!) and make my own rather than get it from a supermarket, and if I have no garam masala in the cupboard I'll grind my own rather than going to a shop. Given all that, I probably have more practice as a cook than some who have been baffled or put off by some of the recipes and that may account for some of the problems.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enough recipes to last a lifetime 4 Nov 2010
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I have been waiting for this book with anticipation. I have not come across any mistakes or incomplete recipes yet - as mentioned by some of the other reviewers - but there are a whole lot of recipes to go through.

This is by far the most complete Indian cookery book I have ever seen. This book + Madhur Jaffrey's Curry Bible are probably the only Indian cookery books you will ever need.

It is true that this book seems to be written for experienced cooks. The recipes are very brief so you do need to be confident in technique - confident enough to improvise a little to make the dishes to your own taste.

The photos in the book are beautiful, but it could have done with some more.

I read the comments from other reviewers about the quality of the paper. The quality is fine. The paper is a coloured uncoated stock and is probably chosen as a design feature more than anything else.

one warning - and a downside - read carefully for how many portions the recipes are, as this is not consistent throughout the book. i ended up cooking a huge pan of curry for 6 people!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different sort of Indian recipe book 15 April 2011
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After 20 years of cooking Asian, especially southern Asian food, I have a pretty extensive collection of recipe books of all types and like to think I am pretty experienced in the cuisine. One of my biggest issues is finding new recipes rather than repeats of those often found in Indian restaurant menus. This one is quite different though! Yes, there are a few recipes that you can find in just about every book published, however the majority look very authentic to me. Certainly they remind me of the sorts of dishes I have eaten around India and Sri Lanka.

I haven't had a chance to create a lot of dishes, but those I have done have been pretty easy to do and the aromatic results have had a thumbs up by all diners. Many recipes require few additional ingredients that most curry enthusiasts won't already have - and with the advent of on-line specialist grocery stores many can be easily purchased or just omitted. Out of the UK supermarkets Tescos is a good resource for reasonably priced spices and exotic vegetables.

Any minuses? Well, maybe there are some errors in the instructions on sterilising equipment and few are likely to create the pastes and masalas in the quantities suggested. Some of the recipes also ask for huge amounts of oils and fats: reducing them might take away some of the overall intended result, but would be far healthier. For the sheer number of recipes for the price, it I think it is a good investment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
All the Indian cook book you will ever need. Packed full of recipes and good ideas. Some of the ingredients however are not available at your everyday supermarket.
Published 2 months ago by Ians
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, a must for everyone wanting to cook authentic indian cuisine.
Never been more chuffed with any cook book!!
A must buy!
And no i don't work for anyone connected with this book ether. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. J. Fry
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointing
A hefty tome. Unfortunately it is printed on paper of poor quality by western standards.
The nomenclature makes no concessions to people who do not speak hindi or urdu. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Egbert Van Herk
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and easy to follow
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Recipes are easy to follow and there is so much in there you will never get tired of learning to cook something new. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amanda Gallacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
All you could ask for to cook traditional indian home cooking. Easy to follow recipes. Yum yum yum yummy x x x x x x x x xx
Published 4 months ago by Zeus
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Indian cookbook there is...
I totally love this book - you can dive randomly into its very many pages and always find something interesting and delicious. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. IBBo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!!
Full of every kind of Indian recipe you could want!!! You will need a good spice shop nearby though for ingredienys!!!
Published 6 months ago by Niamh
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive!
As someone who likes to know where a cuisine or recipe originates from this book answers my questions. The selection of recipies are simple staples of many Indian households. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Suresh Kumar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
I bought this for my brother in law (on his request) for Christmas and apparently he is very happy with it and has cooked from it many times.
Published 7 months ago by S Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Indian Cooking
this is by far the very best ever book on Indian cooking both in recipes [over 1000] but also the narrative - some more difficult than others and pays to stock up woth spices not... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Christopher R. Lamb
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