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The Madhur Jaffrey Cookbook: Over 650 Indian, Vegetarian and Eastern Recipes [Hardcover]

Madhur Jaffrey
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  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Tiger Books; Reprint edition (15 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855012685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855012684
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 16 x 7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,538 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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The definitive volume of Madhur Jaffrey's cuisine, the Madhur Jaffrey Cookbook presents a dazzling range of dishes from India and the East, in a variety of styles: soups and appetizers; meat, chicken, fish and shellfish; over 500 vegetarian recipes; rice, breads, salads and vegetable accompaniments; chutneys, pickles and other relishes; desserts and sample menus.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Anthology of Eastern Cookery 9 July 2006
Format:Hardcover
I have had this book for over 10 years and have not tired of it, it is a seriously brilliant encyclopaedia of a cookbook and one I would not be without. The book, originally published in two volumes, is in two parts Eastern Vegetarian Cooking and An Invitation to Indian Cooking.

Although known for her Indian cookery Madhur Jaffrey is a great guide for the cuisines of the east, see also Far Eastern Cookery, she has obviously travelled extensively and loves the food. You really get a sense that the recipes in the book are there because they tasted great and that really is the point, cook what you love to eat. For me that is pretty much everything in this book; great Japanese, Thai, Indian, Indonesian, Korean and Middle Eastern recipes all in one volume. The weighty book is made easy to use with a clear and practical structure and easy to follow recipes, accompanied by the occasional line drawings to point the way. Another plus is that this book has an A-Z vegetable section making it easier to find recipes for what is in season now - 7 recipes for green beans, 5 for courgettes brilliant- and useful when there's a glut.

Its only lack is that there are no photographs of the food, but then that leaves more room in the 850 pages for recipes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madhur Jaffrey Cookbook 31 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
I bought two of these as Christmas presents, for my son and daughter. It's a book I've been using for at least fifteen years, and whatever I cook from it always draws compliments. It's a huge book, with more recipes than I'll probably ever cook. The recipes are easy to follow,(although I find that they all seem to call for LOTS of oil, and it really isn't necessary: I rarely use more than one dessert spoonful), and although the ingredient lists can seem long in some of them, you soon get used to what your favourites are, and just keep a stock of them. I'd been looking for this book for ages, and thought it must be out of print. It's wonderful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book 27 Nov 2009
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This book is incredibly comprehensive and the recipes are easy to understand and follow with the excellent layout making it easy to find recipes to suit either an occasion or a main ingredient. My only very minor criticism would be that a few pictures would have enhanced the publication, but I guess that would have increased the price so I'm reasonably happy without!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
This book really opened my eyes not just to Indian cookery (it doesn't even need to be hot 'n' spicy!) but also to vegetables (pick any vegetable and she has 4 or 5 ways of making it taste totally different) and to spices (she explains how using a spice whole or ground or using it at different stages of a recipe totally alters its effect). Madhur Jaffrey has a rare talent in communicating a joy in food and the way she puts some of the recipes into the context of her travels or childhood really draws you in and adds an extra layer of interest to the book. I now think totally differently about dinner, I understand ingredients much better and feel more confident all the time about creating new dishes myself. This book is so much more than just a collection of so many recipes you'll never be able to make them all, it's a book you'll treasure and go back to your whole life.
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