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Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian Cookbook Hardcover – 8 Oct 1998


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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; First Edition edition (8 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091863643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091863647
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 3.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,673 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--who unorthodoxly still combines a career as one India's leading actresses and film producers with being a best selling cookery writer--broadens her culinary horizons in this comprehensive global tour. Having popularised Indian cooking with her previous efforts, the world is now her stage for this magisterial global take on vegetarian food. Flesh-free eating, drawing on a wide range of influences and culinary traditions, has never been a more mainstream part of the British diet eating and Jaffrey's book stylishly plugs into this. She deals with all the basic ingredients in turn--vegetables, beans, lentils and nuts, grains, dairy foods and flavourings, as well as soups, salads and drinks--together with advice on preparation and storage. The recipes, based on extensive travel and research, are simply laid out and easy to follow as food from Thailand and Tunisia, Italy and India, Mexico and the Middle East, all jostle for position in this clamouring world bazaar of wonderful tastes, entertaining anecdotes and practical tips. --Nick Wroe

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"More than just a cookbook, a fascinating tour of the vegetarian world. Comprehensive, yet personal, a must for all food lovers" (Waterstone's Books)

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. N. Sumption VINE VOICE on 30 Jan 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my partner a year ago, but since then have used it mainly myself - barely a week goes by without dipping into it for a recipe or some advice, and it is freqently used daily. It contains an amazing variety of recipes, as well as basic advice on choosing, preparing and cooking all manner of vegetables, pulses and grains, sprinkled with readable comments and anecdotes. One of the first recipes we tried was the grated beetroot and shallots - I had never been a fan of beetroot, but this recipe converted me - amazing flavours and texture, unlike anything I had ever cooked before, and incredibly easy to make (it took less than 15 minutes and required only a few ingredients). My only criticism would be that the structure and presentation of the book seems sometimes a little fussy, sometimes a little arbitrary, and because of this we rarely venture beyond the first section on vegetables, with the occasional foray into pulses and grains. However, it contains enough recipes (probably a couple of thousand) to make any random dip throw up surprises, and to last a lifetime (though you may have to forego some of the more esoteric ingredients or substitute alternatives if you are just after a quick idea for tonight's dinner, but we have never found this to be too much of a problem).
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Byde on 22 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is my favourite recipe book - and have a few on the shelf! I always turn back to this one when I need inspiration. Lack of pictures doesn't matter, because the descriptions and anecdotes mean you can visualise the meal. I enjoy knowing a bit more about the background of a particular dish. Also helpful are the suggestions about what to serve with what. Don't be put off by the long lists of ingredients - mostly spices etc which always combine perfectly and are generally readily available in the UK. Everything I have cooked from this book tastes good.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was introduced to this particular cookbook of the famous Madhur Jaffrey by a serious vegetarian friend of mine. I have dabbled with vegetarianism off and on for the past 20 years. With this cookbook, I am more firmly committed to healthy and healthful eating than ever before. Jaffrey's astounding range of recipes --- each one written clearly and with personal notes that really make it an interesting read --- makes us want to run into the kitchen and start doing something fab with butter beans or aubergine!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By HJ Haugland on 21 Nov 2009
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If the world was only allowed one cookbook, this should be the one. Maddhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian cookbook is indispensable while the rest are not. That's how good it is. Who cares there are no pictures? The presentation or visual enjoyment of the food becomes completely redundant as soon as your tastebuds get a chance. I'm amazed every time I get to taste the results of a simple recipy. How do so few and simple ingredients get to taste so incredibly good together? The only problem with this book is that restaurant food is just not what it used to be. I prefer the food I cook at home, and that is ALL thanks to Madhur Jaffrey.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sep 1999
Format: Hardcover
Having read this book from cover to cover, I can honestly say that this is one of the most comprehensive and enjoyable vegetarian cookery books I have ever read. It is extremely well researched and packed full of interesting anecdotes. The recipes are delectable and the format is easy to read. Many of the recipes are completely authentic, whereas others are adapted to suit modern tastes and lifestyles, and give an unconventional twist to old classics. This book is clearly a labour of love, and I would urge everyone, particularly vegetarians, to buy it. You won't be disappointed - there's something for everyone, from gourmet, dinner-party dishes, to homely, one-pot meals perfect for mid-week cooking. The only critisisms,as such, would be that you'll need a very well-stocked store cupboard, and that purists may find some of the recipes a little simplified. Some people may be discouraged from buying the book because of it's size and lack of photographs. However, written with enthusiasm, passion, and warmth, this book is surely a landmark in vegetarian cookery books and, in my opinion, destined to become a classic.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is MJ's best book by far. (BTW-The comment at the bottom which gave it three stars is obviously referring to a different book. Not at all a glossy coffee table book. A great cook's book. ) it is very comprehensive and it is interesting how many ways through it people seem to go. I really liked all the Trinidadian receipes and the interesting links between them and the Indian ones. (I would love to see her tackle American cuisine now, North, South and Central...). If someone you know is thinking about being a vegetarian, is a vegetarian, or even a meateater who has an open mind, this book is a winner.
My most spattered cookbook by far.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Eustace on 9 Aug 2007
Format: Hardcover
I became a vegetarian around 4 years ago, mainly I searched through pages of books until I came up with veggie recipes. I then redsicovered an
Indian cookbook and stuck to the veggie pages. I really wanted to go beyond the usual rubbish that was offered, the broccoli quiches and
vegetarian lasagnes (they can be nice, don't get me wrong!). I found this book in the library and two years ago. After lending it for almost two months I bought it via Amazon and have
found it my most used cookery book of all time.

If you want more than the usual veggie offerings, try this, not only for the fantastic and varied recipes, but for the personal stories which
if you are a real foody, you will like. By the way, two of my fav cookery
books have no pictures, don't let that put you off. My versions of the recipes never look like the photos anyway!
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