This is a stunning book, beautifully laid out & presented, and with wonderful photography. The North American author has been visiting the Indian sub-continent since the 1970's and his love of the region, its people and its cuisine shines through. The bibliography is extensive, albeit many of the books are unobtainable in the UK as they are mainly published by Indian publishers.
The recipes are drawn from all over the sub-continent: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka and although I have a number of 'Indian' cookbooks there was much that was new to me. For example, there is a fabulous Nepali polenta with a grilled tomato sauce, fried courgettes from Bangladesh, shallot sambhar, green tomato curry and the truly wonderful, yet quick & simple, eggs with curry leaves. At the end of most recipes there are suggestions for accompaniments so you can easily create an enticing feast with just this one book.
The book is far too thick to sit comfortably in my cookbook holder but opens flat on a work surface and stays that way. The only problem with this is that it is all too easy to splatter it with ingredients! The only other (very mild) criticism I have is that measurements are not metric which is hardly surprising bearing in mind the authors are American where llbs & ounces & cup measures reign.
It is an expensive book and so is the sort of thing that people might not buy for themselves but I think it would make an unusual gift for the keen or adventurous cook.