When people ask me how I learned to cook Indian food (and I've even had compliments from several natives of India), I credit this book. No, it's not huge and comprehensive - but if you are starting to learn how to cook Indian food, you don't want a tome, you want this. The book has ONE recipe for carrots, ONE recipe for broccoli, TWO for chicken, ONE for fish, ONE for shrimp... and so on. Instead of wasting your time worrying about "Oh, which kind of chicken shall I make?" this book just directs you to one, and in the process, you learn about the spices and techniques used in Indian cooking. There is a not a single bad recipe in this book: make everything cover to cover over the span of a coupe of months and you won't regret it!