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3.0 out of 5 stars A creative, highly personal interpretation of Indian cuisine, 19 May 1999
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This review is from: India (Vegetarian Table) (Hardcover)
Yamuna Devi deserves all our respect for her monumental "Lord Krishna's cuisine:The art of Indian vegetarian cooking",the fruit of decades of life in India with her spiritual teacher. I don't know how could one improve on that.However, a true child of her native culture and times,she was concerned by health hazards posed by traditional Indian cooking methods such as extensive frying and too-generous use of sugar in sweets. Even in that book, therefore, she provided welcome alternatives such as natural sweeteners, oven baking instead of frying etc. In her subsequent book,the aptly named "Yamuna's table", she focuses on that, providing her personal interpretation of Indian dishes with a healthy slant and a creative mixture of East and West. All this is extremely interesting. But such an adventurous cook is not the best choice for the "Vegetarian table" series, which aims to present the traditional kitchen of each country as it is, with as little as possible tampering and personal interpretations. Here, you will find a small selection of Indian dishes and many ones created from scratch by the author, which are Indian only because of the presence of some Indian ingredients. I feel this lets the reader down, even if the results taste good.
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