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Madhur Jaffrey's Foolproof Indian Cookery (Foolproof Cookery) Hardcover – 23 Aug 2001


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (23 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056353737X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563537373
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,521 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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Madhur Jaffrey presumably doesn't mean to give offence with the title of Foolproof Indian Cookery, but she and her publishers must reckon that there are a lot of people who enjoy eating Indian food but haven't the first idea how to prepare it. Fair enough. This addition to the BBC's Foolproof series sets out to provide exactly that guidance and does so with Jaffrey's customary expertise, perfect taste and lack of condescension, with copious clear illustrations of both the cooking processes and the finished results. The recipes cover soups, starters, meat, fish, poultry and eggs, and accompaniments (no desserts, calculating, perhaps, that the very sweet Indian varieties are not to everyone's taste), and include pretty much everything one would expect to find, including the infamous Chicken Tikka Masala. In a concluding helpful gesture, sample menus pull the dishes together into different categories of balanced, well-structured meal. The Elegant Dinner Party, for example, comprises Moghlai Lamb with Sultanas, Green Lentils with Lemon Slices, Plain Basmati Rice, Moghlai Spinach with Browned Shallots and Tomato and Onion Cachumbar (a salad). The Family Meal, by contrast, consists of the simple but extremely satisfying combination of Rogan Josh, Potatoes with Cumin, accompanied by Flaky Flatbreads with Cumin Seeds. Delicious food, presented in a straightforward, uncomplicated manner. --Robin Davidson

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By MrsOsborne2013 VINE VOICE on 21 Jun. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Although I consider myself quite a good cook, my curries always seemed to taste the same when I used the pre-prepared pastes and sauces. I did buy another Indian cookery book, but a lot of the ingredients were unobtainable in my northern town and the recipes were, frankly, quite fiddly. Madhur has saved me. I tried two dishes last weekend and both turned out perfectly and tasted absolutely delicious. The ingredients are easily obtainable and the recipes clear and concise; she takes you through them step by step. Even my husband could cook from this book!!!
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Aug. 2001
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Approaching this book, I was a total no-hoper in the Kitchen. After reading it I went straight out, bought the ingredients and started! The recipes are claerly set out and easy to follow. The end results were amazing. My wife swore that I was attempting to pass off a takeaway as my own work.
When's the next one coming out?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scotlanda on 2 April 2012
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I love Madhur Jaffrey's writing and her recipes. She writes so well about India, the scenery, and daily life in India, you can picture it all so clearly.
This book is excellent, and is a must for a beginner's introduction to Madhur Jaffrey. Simple techniques for the best of recipes are all here, and you don't need hundreds of unfamiliar spices.
This book is also published under a different title, and I have written my review there. I wanted to inform customers that this book is the same. If you have one, then there's no need to buy the other.
An excellent book regardless of which title you choose.
The copy I have is : Simple Indian Cookery also available here on Amazon UK.
You may read my review there. One of my favourite introductions to Indian cookery.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug. 2001
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If you greatly enjoy indien food, as I do, but are always warry to use spices read on. This book will allowed you to create fantastic, flavoursome and colourful dishes as well as finding out the correct use of spices... After using it a few time you will never need another take away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JohnEurope on 17 April 2011
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Following Madhur Jaffrey's "Indian Cookery" back in the eighties, I made my first experiences cooking Indian food. Since then I've bought quite a few further books from various authors. I think that Madhur's "Foolproof Indian Cookery" is one of the best. The recipes work, the descriptions are clear, the photos are motivating and I must admit that after nearly 30 years of Indian cooking, I still grab this book before preparing a meal.
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We have been cooking Indian Food for many years. We have tried two of the recipe's in this book and found them poor. The Rogan Josh, doesn't resemble even a half decent one from a restaurant. The Cumin Potato needs adjusting as it just tastes of Salt and Cumin. Sorry, so far the book is of little use. We will try a few more meals from the book. But we suspect these will be the same.
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