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Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Bible [Hardcover]

Madhur Jaffrey
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Book Description

2 Oct 2003

This is the most comprehensive book ever published on curries, written by Madhur Jaffrey, the world's bestselling Indian cookery author. The influence of the Indian curry has been far-reaching: Indian immigrants and traders influenced the cooking of many other great cuisines of the world, including those of Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and China. History blends with recipes in this meticulously researched book, which will prove fascinating reading for food lovers everywhere.

With over 150 mouthwatering recipes, Madhur starts with the best curry recipes in India today, moves on to Asian curries, and even includes European curry ideas such as French curry sauces. Some recipes have never before appeared in print, such as fish seasoned with tamarind and coconut and lamb braised with oranges. Also included are Madhur's tips for the best accompanying foods - she gives us recipe ideas for rice, bread, chutneys, relishes and sweets - the perfect complement for any curry. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this book is set to become the standard reference book on curries.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (2 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091874157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091874155
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,248 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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"the definitive curry book by the world authority on Indian food" (Publishing News)

"a majestic book" (Independent on Sunday)

"What more could you want?" (Catriona Howatson, Daily Telegraph)

"The perfect gift for those who warm to the thrills of a well-made curry, it is the definitive guide." (Tom Parker Bowles, Mail on Sunday)

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The definitive curry cookbook by the world authority on Indian food

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124 of 126 people found the following review helpful
By James Bury TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I love cook books, and this is one of the best Asian food books I have seen in years. It is beautifully presented and would make an excellent gift for anyone who enjoys cookery and Asian food in particular. It is also well bound (hardback version) and looks like it will stand frequent use. It contains numerous original and refreshing recipes that are a million miles removed from the increasingly dull and predictable menus you find in so many 'Indian' restaurants. Even the most basic dishes are excellent, and frequently deliver real 'wow factor'.

One of the best aspects of the book is that it always seems to have a recipe that deals imaginatively with whatever it is you have too much of in the fridge - just look it up in the (excellent) index - there's usually a recipe you can adapt for it.

I am particularly enjoying working my way through the many recipes that have simple main ingredients that are then transformed into original and exciting dishes. It is often said that superb food doesn't need to be complicated, and there are numerous dishes in this book that bear this out. Two of my favourites are "Mushroom and Coriander Curry", and a simple sweetcorn with fresh herbs and lemon juice dish.

If you're seeking to impress with a real extravaganza, there are plenty of sophisticated recipes to meet any need. But my strong advice is to try the many more straightforward recipes and re-connect with quick, delicious meals from simple ingredients. If anything, they deliver more 'wow' factor by appearing to be simple, and so are great for when you are trying to impress or simply looking for delicious, everyday soul food. This is certainly far more than a book for special occasions - I cook from it at least twice a week and have never yet been disappointed by it.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just can't put it down! 22 Jan 2007

It's all in this book. From what the spices are to how to handle them. The origins and history of the recipes is an absolute bonus. Everything I've tried has worked really well. Curries, sauces, pastes and powders. I've learned and enjoyed so much. Delicious......

Simply can't praise this book high enough.

If you enjoy using and eating spices this is THE one to get.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty curries 20 Jan 2004
By A Customer
This book is better than her first book, published in 1973, which up to now was my curry bible. It differs from her "Invitation to Indian Food" in that this book has recipes from SE Asia and Africa as well as from south Asia. The recipes do not require obscure ingredients and are not fussy. The results are delicious, especially the aubergine on a bed of yogurt and the chicken with two types of coriander. The naan recipe produced naan that tasted almost like they had been cooked in a tandoor instead of in an electric oven. Very highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curry Lovers Everywhere!!! 5 Aug 2009
I am a chef with 20 years experience and have cooked banquets for the high commisioner of India in London. This book is spot on, well explained recipes and with a little pre planning you can turn out authentic dishes. Sometimes a little hard to source the ingredients for the ordinary joe on the street, but they are all available, in addition to this book you'll need to buy a cheap coffee grinder, as most of the recipes ask you to start from scratch, which is the way it should be. By grinding your own spices. I can not recommend this book enough if you love your curries etc.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Cultural Discovery 14 Feb 2006
I am lucky to find this book almost brand new from a second hand book cart in Karachi for $3 dollars. Well this is the first success with this book. Then a series of successes which i owe to Madhur and this book. The cooking tehniques in this book are nothing new for me being a Pakistani, but history, narrative and description are totally awesome and of course a lot of receipie which i have never yet tried out were a great addition on our dining table.
My household is frequently visited by gests from West , and for them Indian/Pakistani food are amazing, shocking, pleasing and a discovery. With this book one can really make the meal times and guest times a great cutltural experience. I am glad that it is not one of those dumb cook books which dumps the recepie and never gives any history or cultural insignts whereas food is a significant part of any cutlture and traditon.
Many thanks Madhur for this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Fantastic Book... Can't rave enough about it. The recipes are spot on... need a few tweaks but that's with everything. Would prefer more Pictures but never mind.
This book is for anyone who likes to experiment and try new things.

She has another book called:
* Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery [Hardcover]
Publisher: BBC Books; 2nd Revised edition (7 Nov 2002)
ISBN-10: 0563488212 ISBN-13: 978-0563488217
*Madhur Jaffrey Curries [Hardcover]
Publisher: Ebury Press (2008)
These two books are EXACTLY the same so don't make the mistake of buying them both like i did!!
These books are fantastic too but have less recipes and they are a lot simpler.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole world of curries! 8 Nov 2009
This book was a great surprise to me. I went out searching for an authentic curry book so I could cook the curries we all know and love in the UK.

This is where I first went wrong, English curries are NOT authentic Indian curries, if you are looking for all of your local favs this book is certainly not for you. However if you are looking for a book of authentic family recipes from around the world, there is nothing better.

Of the many recipes in this book, I have cooked around 10, all of which have been stunningly good. The selection of Kenyan recipes have been enlightening to my pallet and the Vietnamese cuisine has also been a revelation. This truly is my most used and adored cookery book.

A brief history of the curry story has been included at the beginning of this book (brief compared to the whole story!) and can really increase your eating pleasure by making you aware of the similarities between the different styles and how they came to be.

As a quick footnote, I first used The Curry Secret as my go to for curries, I as many others are, was not impressed and making big batches of the curry base was inconvenient. This book knocks the socks off it and most of the recipes are a lot less effort and a lot more flavoursome!

Certainly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like curry you will love this book
There are many variations in recipes for Curry, but for the best part Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Bible has a wonderful selection that will not disappoint anyone who enjoys... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ADBF
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Possibly the ONLY curry cook book you will ever need. I'm serious. Lovely backgrounds to the recipies in this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Damo
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't disappoint
I already owned this and gave this copy to my son who had expressed an interest. It's not just a cookery book, plenty of information. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Great recipes and comprehensive background information, looking forward to working our way through it. A very interesting and helpful book...my partner loved his Christmas presant!
Published 3 months ago by Lauren Tarrant
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, great curries
A really informative cook book that gives a lot of background information of areas and ingreidients, with a great selection of curries from around the world. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Melanie Bowler
5.0 out of 5 stars The only curry cook book you need
This book is amazing. Every time I try a new recipe, it becomes my new favourite curry!

My girlfriend has said that making curries from this book has ruined our trips... Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Mousley
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
This is a great product with good price tag! Perfect thank you, I would defo recommend this product to a friend.
Published 3 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars The best curry cook book ever
This book is brilliant - has every curry you could ever want to cook in it and the recipes are simple and easy to follow. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Katiepek
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
we already have this book and it has been well used to say the least. we bought this on for a birthday present xx
Published 5 months ago by Kate Stoke-on-Trent
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
very pleased with this book, very good condition. Lots of handy advice how to make your own seasoning.good value for money.
Published 5 months ago by Laura Baker
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