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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 2Rev Ed edition (7 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563488212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563488217
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 2.2 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,063 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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A new edition of an old book, the bestselling Illustrated Indian Cookery, revised and updated with new photographs and a larger format. The old version soon established itself as the best single volume guide to Indian cuisine, covering many recipes from the familiar Rogan Josh, Tandoori Chicken and Naan Bread to the more unusual Salmon Steamed with Mustard Seeds and Tomato and Drunken Orange Slices. There is also a huge amount of information about ingredients, equipment and specialist preparation techniques. Owners of this book's previous incarnation will not be able to resist replacing their old, presumably well-thumbed copies. Readers new to Indian cookery have a treat in store.

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Beautiful recipes for classic Indian food, from the world authority on Indian cuisine

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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Beverley on 20 Sep 2003
Format: Hardcover
I love cooking Indian food and have quite a few of Madhur's books, but this is by far my fave one. The spice descriptions and techniques at the start of the book would be useful for beginners, while I like to try out the menu suggestions. I find all the recipes I've tried to be very accurate and always a big hit with my family. The best so far has been cod steaks in a spicy tomato sauce, where we found the fish to be totally succulent. This is served with rice and scrummy spicy cucumber wedges. I also found it hard to resist trying out the tempting lamb dishes. The up-to-date design and pretty photos in this book make it a lovely gift. It's certainly one book that I will turn to over and over again.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Blessed on 10 Oct 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
One thing i have noticed about this author is that her measurements are spot on! I have been through many books and watch a lot of cookery programmes and when it comes to Indian/Pakistani cooking, other people add WAAAAYYYY to much spice!
I love this book, and between me and my best mate we tried out several recipes. The only down side is that it doesn't have many recipes...
It's got, starters, main, dessert, fish but a few of each. Also i would have preferred more pictures.

I bought the following fro amazon:

* Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery [Hardcover]
Publisher: BBC Books; 2nd Revised edition (7 Nov 2002)
ISBN-10: 0563488212 ISBN-13: 978-0563488217
And
*Madhur Jaffrey Curries [Hardcover]
Publisher: Ebury Press (2008)
ASIN: B001J8FQCO

And PEOPLE, they are the SAME book. EXACTLY the same recipes! Thank god my friend wanted it aswell. I couldn't be bothered with the hassle of sending one back. So be careful when ordering, or you'll pull a ME! :D

If you are a beginner get this book... But if you prefer to experiment and love cooking get her book that's called "the ultimate bible", it is FANDABATASTIC!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Fridomeister on 24 Nov 2008
Format: Paperback
Like the other reviewers, our copy of this book looks disgusting - all the page corners are bent over, many pages are besplattered with turmeric and other remnants of dishes made, and its grown to about double its original thickness.

It's superb and 95% of the dishes have been wonderful. We repeat them time and again. It uses a certain set of easy-to-get spices and, once you have them all, you can just about make anything in the book. You need a bit of time for preparation but the results are great. Our favourites are too many to mention but special places in our hearts and stomachs are: lamb rogan josh, chicken with tomatoes, royal beef, chickpeas, black-eyed beans, and potatoes with sesame seeds.

One word of warning: Madhur tends to be a bit heavy on the use of salt - would recommend halving the amounts she uses.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Peat on 20 April 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the dirtiest, stained, moth eaten cookery book we own. Thats hardly surprising with the amount of use its had!
This book gives a great introduction to Indian cookery. If you've never cooked an Indian meal before (and pre-prepared sauces and pastes don't count) you should try it. The book gives highly prescriptive (use 3 peppercorns!) but easy to follow recipies for well known and less known dishes. The fool proof recipies are a great starting point for enjoying this type of cookery and provides a good foundation for personalising dishes to your own preference as you develop a good understanding of the wide range of Indian ingrediants.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. T. Key on 1 Feb 2007
Format: Hardcover
My copy of this little book is now almost illegible in places due to heavy use in the kitchen. Over time I have tried most of the dishes, and I keep returning to our many favourites. I have several Indian friends who tell me that the recipes are very authentic versions of their family home-cooked meals. Try these recipes and you'll never want to cook with pre-made sauces, or eat takeaway curries ever again. An absolute masterpiece which I'll probably have to buy another copy of to replace my be-smeared one.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Nov 2005
Format: Hardcover
After eating mom´s delicious indian delicacies for years, it was a bit of a challenge to take on cooking. For about 3 years I struggled with my dishes - overcooked them, or had too much of some spices, or ended up with all dishes tasting the same.
So when I finally decided to learn a little from some books, I was looking for a book with a good mix of authentic dishes.
And what a great book to have bought. If nothing else, this book has taught me how to cook decent chicken and chick peas. Dishes have ingredients found in normal shops, dont take 10 hrs to cook and really do taste well.
This book is definitely a great buy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Archard on 25 Nov 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my daughter in New Zealand, as she could not find it there. I have been using my own battered, dog-eared, sauce-stained copy since 1982, shortly after Madhur Jaffrey's television series was first broadcast. I have tried nearly all of the recipes in the book, and have yet to find one that is less than delicious. When my daughter, as a student, lived in an indian village for three months, she returned to tell me that the Indian food I cooked was just like the authentic local dishes.
This book also dispels the idea that all Indian food has to be uncomfortably hot. It is all about the use of flavour, rather than heat, to provide wonderful tasty food.
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