This is a fabulous series no doubt:simple dishes to make,with Ricky's easy manner demonstrating the most complex of recipes for the viewer to follow.
The use of colour in the choice of ingredients and locations makes this a visual feast.
I spent my childhood years in Bombay,Madras and Calcutta and remember the abject poverty everywhere you went.Nothing has changed.For a country that's supposed to be on the up India still has a long way to go.
Off camera and in the background you can see the squalor,the open drains,the sweat shops.It's sad now as it was 100 years ago,a country that appears to be in limbo.
The people are gregarious:wherever a camera crew are spotted they are there giving their help,advice and input to add to the flavour of Stein's series.You can't fault them.They really are friendly.
Credit to Rick Stein and his producers for allowing these scenes to be framed.
We can appreciate Stein's gift of presenting wonderful food to us, the amateur chefs, but perhaps this series might be viewed one day as a social commentary on emerging India.
For me a very thought provoking essay but there's a lot more beyond the cookery facade......