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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for those interested in Indian cooking, 11 July 1999
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This review is from: Classic Indian Cooking (Hardcover)
Although the sheer volume of the book is daunting at first, don't panic. My husband and I found Sahni's cookbook to be very well-written, and the recipes are delicious! I will agree with one other reviewer though, and say that Madhur Jaffrey's _Indian Cooking_ might also be a worthwhile buy since her recipes are a little less complicated. But definitely try Sahni's once you get some experience! Her book on vegetarian and grain cooking is also excellent, even if you are not vegetarian.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book on Technique, 24 May 1998
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This review is from: Classic Indian Cooking (Hardcover)
This book taught me the basics of cooking Indian food. The first few chapters alone were worth the full price of the book. Although my favorite Indian cookbook is Jaffrey's "An Introduction to Indian Cooking" (the spice combinations in Jaffrey's recipes are superb), Sahni does a better job of organizing and explaining the fundamental techniques. The recipes are less complex than those in Jaffrey's book, but sometimes Sahni's simplicity is a welcome change. Lastly, all recipes can be prepared with much less fat than called for, but the onions will not brown well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy addition to your cookbook shelf., 18 Aug 1997
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This review is from: Classic Indian Cooking (Hardcover)
If you are interested in Indian cooking, thisbook contains a large number of interesting recipes. However, only buy this AFTER you have purchased the masterpiece "Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking" by Madhur Jaffrey. If you know what you are doing with Indian cooking, this book will give you several new recipe ideas. I stress however, that in my opinion, Jaffrey's book is the definitive way to get your feet wet, not this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, Readable, Authentic, 4 Jan 1998
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This review is from: Classic Indian Cooking (Hardcover)
Sahni's a terrific writer and educator; what's more, she knows when to inject her own opinion and when to convey unannotated Tradition. This is a highly polished (but extremely approachable) work, beautifully organized and each recipe carefully developed. A wealth of knowledge awaits you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book!, 26 Aug 1998
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This review is from: Classic Indian Cooking (Hardcover)
This book is a goldmine of information about Indian cooking. From how to select and grind your own spices to a wide variety of recipes. And with the author's personal anecdotes thrown in too. There are easy recipes, and complex recipes, but all are fun to prepare due to the author's detailed instructions. Everything I've tried has been wonderful and received rave reviews from my guests!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids will even eat this stuff....that says a lot!, 23 Dec 1998
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This review is from: Classic Indian Cooking (Hardcover)
THis is an excellent investment. Every recipe that I've tried, the entire family has enjoyed. When your kids will eat this stuff....that's a great recommendation.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book, 29 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Classic Indian Cooking (Hardcover)
I've owned a copy of this book for several years, and some of the pages are falling out. If I was cursed to own only 5 cookbooks, this would be one of the titles I'd choose.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Indian food in my own kitchen!, 14 Feb 1999
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This review is from: Classic Indian Cooking (Hardcover)
"Classic Indian Cooking" is by far the best of the various Indian cookbooks I've owned. Julie Sahni ranks with Julia Child in her ability to teach, inspire and help you understand techniques and ingredients. The recipes are meticulous and so convincingly put forth that the reader wouldn't even think about taking a short-cut or substituting an ingredient -- you know that Julie knows best. The results, in every recipe I've tried, are spectacular. (Particularly the splendid recipes for chicken braised with spices.) The complex flavors and heady aromas delight the senses long after the guests have left and the dishes are washed.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book., 3 Sep 1999
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This review is from: Classic Indian Cooking (Hardcover)
I love this book. You can easily follow the recipes and the techniques. There is also a wealth of background information. And last but not least the food is delicious.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book!, 31 Jan 2007
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This review is from: Classic Indian Cookery (Paperback)
"Classic Indian Cookery" is one of the best Indian cookbooks I've come across, it compares really well with offerings from Madhur Jaffrey & Manju Malhi. Techniques are illustrated & the use of ingredients is clearly described in a well layed out & easy to follow format, including alternative ingredients for those "hard to find" items. Some of the recipes are a little time consuming & not all are for the complete novice cook but the end results are well worth the effort, particularly for those who prefer creamier dishes such as Butter chicken or Passanda. Ten quid well spent!
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