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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: I B Tauris & Co Ltd (28 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184885420X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848854208
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 2.1 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Bergerson captures the world of Indian street food with such perfection that you half expect a whiff of curry to hit you as you flick through the pages...this book paints a tantalising picture of India. (...) as well as creating a tome that effortlessly whisks you through the impoverished streets of Mumbai, Hyperabad and Delhi, Bergerson has produced a rather inspiring recipe book. (...) Combining a unique blend of colour, texture and honesty, Street Food of India revels in an India as raw as the corn-on-the-cobs that line the streets.' --Wanderlust

'Bergerson has lived in India for the past seven years, and this book is an impressive reflection of time well spent. The recipes are delicious and can be easily recreated using ingredients easily found in the West. (...) Eating street food in India can be a slightly nerve-racking experience, but this book turns it into a pure pleasure.' --Clover Stroud, Sunday Telegraph

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Sephi Bergerson is an independent photographer based in New Delhi since 2002. Previously a commercial photographer and president of the Professional Photographers' Association in Israel, his work now focuses on documentary projects for a wide range of publications and organizations in India. His next book project is 'Shaadi Galore: Traditional Weddings in Modern India'.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bagash on 15 Feb 2011
Format: Hardcover
I lived my youth in India and, as any Indian, loved and enjoyed the street food there. The photographs in the book are excellent and evoked memories from the past. However the recipes and the instructions disappoint and sadly I had to return the book.
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By eric simmons on 13 May 2014
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It is a good book for pictures but not full of recipeis like I thought thank you it could have been better
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. George Farnan on 22 Dec 2010
Format: Hardcover
Superb book. The photographs alone are worth the cost. For anyone who has travelled to India this book brings back the memories.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
If only there was a way to package sounds and smells to go with the photos 10 Sep 2010
By S. Chopp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Limiting oneself to just 50 of the greatest Indian snacks is a feat in itself. Add to it rich, colorfully detailed photos of individual snacks direct from the streets of various cities across India, and you have this substantially sized hardcover book good enough for the coffee table or kitchen collection.

Actual photos taken around Bombay, Delhi, Amritsar and Varanasi, show readers just how ingrained street vendors are in the Indian palette. And while the selections truly are some of the best snacks, many of which I have sampled, a broad representation from all corners of the country are missing.

DIY recipes are included for the most passionate to attempt in recreating at home. But, as any lover of street food will attest to, part of the joy in handing over your cash in exchange for a freshly steamed momo or fried samosa, is the experience of eating with others in the open as the world passes.

First time travelers will enjoy comparing their notes while learning a bit more about the food represented in the book. Locals and repeat tourists will read the book as a trip down memory lane; Memories of places where you drank the best cup of chai, or encountered a night of restless pain at the hands of tainted food just a few hours earlier. Either way, it left me hungry and eager to return to the streets.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful photographs, good resource 2 Jan 2012
By Cassandra L. Rayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book is beautiful--full of pictures and color and some interesting recipes. Most of the book is photography, with recipes "on the side." One problem with the book is that it is somewhat impractical: the recipes are not conducive to cooking in a western style kitchen, with western ingredients, so it is somewhat difficult to duplicate the results... however with some creativity the formulas can serve as a springboard for attempts to make delicious Indian street food. Since it's not a "plug and play" type recipe book, it would not be advisable for cooks who are not familiar with Indian tastes to purchase this book, and it would not be ideal for timid cooks or cooks who prefer to follow recipes exactly.

The reason I couldn't give this book a five star rating is because of the above-noted impracticality of the recipes. That warranted four stars. However, I had to pull it down another notch to three-stars just because of the tone taken by the authors in the commentaries. I felt that the narration and commentary was somewhat racist and insensitive, seeming to characterize much street food as "poor man's" this or "poor man's" that, treating the people almost as specimens to be observed and amused by rather than people whose culture deserves respect and admiration.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wah!! ek dum perfect!! (WOW!!! absolutely perfect) 8 Jan 2011
By Thyla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I got this book as a gift for Christmas. Everything about this book is great..The dishes look delectable and the writing through out the book is easy to read, informative and nostalgic for those who have eaten in the streets of Delhi. It is a great coffee table book with incredibly candid shots of Delhi street vendors selling the food. After perusing the book, I did make a couple of the items featured in the book and consulted the recipes too. hmm..hmm..good!!! It makes for a great gift.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Low resolution Photos 20 Feb 2013
By tukurtukur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The photo illustrations were very low res and left a lot to be desired. I would have liked to see a wider set of regions covered to call it street food of India.
Celebration of Indian street food 16 Jun 2014
By annie russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Beautiful photography and great recipes. I have been waiting for a book like this to provide authentic street food recipes from wonderful India.
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