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3.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting introduction to Gujarati food, 27 April 2009
On the plus side, the food I've made following Hansa's recipes is delicious and very easy - the kind of food you can cook every day without having to slave for hours over a hot stove. The sections on Hansa's background, Gujarati eating and tips on using up leftovers were particularly good.
I would have liked to see more space devoted to 'main course' type dishes - there are 8 'main course' vegetable dishes and 6 dals compared to 7 starters/snacks, 5 salads and 6 lassis and teas (most useful if this is your first Indian cookbook) plus rice dishes, desserts, pickles/chutneys and 'specialities'.
The book as a whole could do with some rigorous editing - there are quite a lot of irritating inconsistencies or errors, such as interchangeable Gujarati, Hindi and English terms, inconsistent spelling, incomplete glossary, etc. Recipes are for varying numbers of servings (2 - 8)and one or two include ingredients that are not mentioned in the actual recipe steps.
Overall, yummy food and worth buying as an addition to your veggie recipe book collection unless you're OCD like me, in which case you'll be itching to get out the red pen every time you use it!