on 26 October 2003
I bought this book the minute it was released in paperback, and I have referred to it time and time again. It is more history and reference than recipes, but the recipes are good, and I have made a number of them. Once made, they tend to get repeated! As a reference book, it is great help in muti-ethnic eating and food shopping.
on 9 May 2003
I first read this short book 10 years ago. I still have the copy I purchased then, and use it regularly. You find out where the spices come from and what to do with them. You are also given clear instruction on the cooking of rice. The receipt for Pilau rice is to die for. Cinnamon Ice Cream, though it sounds odd does very well as dessert for an Indian style meal.
on 13 December 2007
If I was asked, what cookery book would you take on a desert island? -- it would be this one! My paperback copy, now a good 30 years old, is yellow and falling to pieces, but I wouldn't part with it. Every recipe is a revelation, not just good cooking, but cooking to die for! I really must get one of these hardbacks, before someone throws my old and tatty copy in the bin! You'll never watch another tv cook programme, ever.
on 20 January 2010
I do not always like Elizabeth David's writings, a little too personal, but there is no doubt that she had a great amount of experience in continental cooking, and had a great influence on cookery writing in this country. There is a great deal of information available in this book which is hard to find anywhere else - and I have just counted 70+ cookery books on a nearby shelf without getting up. Worth reading even if you do not intend to cook today!