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The Food of India [Hardcover]

Priya Wickramasinghe
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30 Dec 2007
A showcase of the best food in India today with authentic recipes. Special sections fold out to reveal photographs of spices, seafood, sweets, street food, breads and tea.
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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: OM Books (30 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8187107073
  • ISBN-13: 978-8187107071
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 23.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 833,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A definitive guide to the vast array of Indian food found in this exotic country. Where dishes vary not only from region to region but suburb to suburb, the range and scope of local specialities is endless: Moghul kormas, Assam teas and Delhi sweets being just a few. The research team behind this book travelled the length and breadth of India, talking to chefs, tasting the dishes and visiting local food producers, giving the reader an honest, insider view of the country's culinary delights and history. The photographs of Jason Lowe capture all the vibrancy and colour associated with the East, reflected in the colourful dishes whose recipes accompany them. Special open-out photographic sections illustrate the diversity of Indian herbs and spices, sweets and teas making the book extra special with their freshness and attractiveness. A must for any lover of India or Indian food. - Lucy Watson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Food of India - couldn't be easier 6 Oct 2002
By Susan
The recipes in this book are very easy to follow and if there is an ingredient in there that you aren't sure of, there are explanations and translations of all spices and types of food. We have used this book many times now and have been very impressed with the simplicity and flavour of the food. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves cooking tasty food!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Same book 2 Dec 2009
By C. X. Linton-Willoughby TOP 500 REVIEWER
The content of this book is exactly the same as ISBN: 1740454723.

The Food of India: A Journey for Food Lovers (Food of the World)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent range of tasty recipes 6 Aug 2007
By Ape
Every dish I've cooked from this book has turned out very well. The recipe for Rogan Josh consistently provides well flavoured and very tender lamb, with the biriyani another favorite. It also has an excellent range of vegetable dishes and recipes using lentils, dal and chickpeas. Beautiful to look at and sometimes I pass enjoyable afternoons planning what I'm going to cook next, enjoying the descriptions and photography. Some ingredients will require a bit of searching to find, unless you live in an area with some good Asian grocers, but most recipes use the range of standard spices etc found in most good supermarkets.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Food of INDIA 28 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Sent this as a present to my sister who had just visited India and she has enjoyed using it as much as I did with my own copy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 20 Jan 2004
By liat2768 - Published on Amazon.com
This gorgeous oversized hardcover (yes amazon has the wrong picture . . .) first gave me the impression that the authors' priority would be pretty pictures and recipes would come second. I was very pleased to find that I was wrong. The book has lovely and accurate recipes for everything an Indian Kitchen should have including how to make panner (indian home made cheese) chenna (cheese used to make desserts) yoghurt, obscure indian vegetables and the main staple recipes of most indian cookbooks. I do have two complaints - the recipes are given without possible western substitutions for indian ingredients . . E.G wrapping things in bananna leaves and cooking them. Sounds great but my indian store doesn't tend to carry bananna leaves. Would foil work?? I don't know. It usually helps if a recipe is tweaked to accomodate a western supermarket. Julie Sahni's book Savoring India does that wonderfully.
Also, ocassionally there are fold out pages with little blurbs and pictures of things like street foods or snacks without a recipe for them. Nice to see but no way to cook them is provided.
I would also like to make a comment about the growing size of the cookbooks nowadays. I hated the teensy weensy pocket paperbacks but these huge SUV's of the kitchen take up the entire counter space above a cabinet and are way to long and heavy for a standard cook book holder. about six inches shorter would have worked fine although some of the pretty decor would have had to go.
All in all, a nice book for indian cooking
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious recipes and photography 4 Dec 2006
By SJK - Published on Amazon.com
When I decided to purchase an Indian cookbook, I looked extensively through the recipes in many different ones before buying this one. Yes, the pictures alone make this a coffee table book worth having, but the recipes were also very well laid out and looked acheivable.

For a point of reference, I am a fairly experienced home cook, but not a pro by any stretch (except possibly a pro at cookbook collecting). This past Saturday night, I had a few friends over and made the following recipes (making them for the first time, I might add) - Butter Chicken, Lamb Korma, Matar Paneer, Raita, Carrot Halva (plus some spiced basmati rice). It was unbelievably scrumptious - with the added bonus of very straightforward, foolproof recipes. I hope to make my way through some more of them very soon. :)

Ditto to several other reviewers' comments that you will need some special spices/ingredients if you don't already have a kitchen stocked for Indian cooking, but nothing that I was unable to find (in the Salt Lake City area). I highly recommend this cookbook.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 4 Jun 2003
By "kaycekay" - Published on Amazon.com
though the cover picture is wrong but the recepies aren't- i am a professional chef with quite a good expertise in indian cuisine and in pursue to sharpen my skills in south indian- i find the recipes easy and also authentic in every aspect- the author may be a srilankan national( a wild guess by her name) but the work and the dedication has made her a authentic indian to her work. It is very appreciable hats off to the author priya. I have tried a few reciepes which are perfect and the pictures in the book are extrodinary to the western eyes bringing the streets of indian market to them..
I with no doubt give 5 star rating to this book
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and useful 19 Sep 2002
By Nicholas R. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
This book is both gorgeous and useful. The many delicious recipes are interspersed with mini-photo essays on the geography and culture of the subcontinent. Every recipe I've tried from this book has been successful and delicious. (Try the Kasmiri chicken, cooked with yogurt, almonds, and pistachios!) However, I am lucky enough to live in a city (Houston) with a large ethnic Indian population and several sources of supply for some of the more unusual spices called for in these recipes without which it would be difficult to tackle these recipes.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Indian cook book I have used 25 Nov 2004
By A. Godijn - Published on Amazon.com
I use this cook book weekly, I love Indian food and this book really does an excellent job of going through step by step. Even my Indian friends say the food tastes like it does in India. I recommend this book highly. Oh, the almond corriander chicken is fantastic too!!!
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