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Miss Masala; no, no, that's only the title !,
This review is from: Miss Masala (Hardcover)I was browsing in Sussex Stationers (British Bookshops & Stationers) in Tunbridge Wells and picked up this handy-sized, little book with a very appealing cover. I was immediately drawn to the note-book styled pages; just my sort of thing as I always write notes in cookbooks for the recipes I've made. As an experienced cook of Indian dishes (well it is my favourite cuisine and I DO have every Madhur Jaffrey book going), I was immediately transfixed by Mallika's witty, amusing narrative and found (hardly believed it possible) some recipes I'd never seen before, such as Tandoori Macchli (Tandoori Monkfish, my favourite fish) and a kulfi recipe which needed no boiling milk for ages; something which always trashes my nice Le Creuset cocottes. I was sold. These two recipes alone were enough to convince me to buy the book. In a few days, I have read the book from cover to cover, not being able to put it down, and have made rotis for the very first time! I did it all in my Kenwood Chef, using the dough hook, and they were a great success!!!!!!!!!!!! I have also made the kulfi but adapted it, using inspiration from the Cinnamon Club Cookbook's recipe for rum & raisin ice cream. Parfait! The Man was in raptures over the rum & raisin kulfi!!!!!!!!!
Whether you are an experienced cook or a novice with Indian food, this book is truly worth its weight in gold; it's entertaining, eminently readable, and immensely informative and instructional. I particularly liked the Top Tips and Glossary of Indian terms, not just culinary ones, as well as the table on p.187 which proves chillis are good for you; I don't think the Man is wholly convinced but I am still trying to educate his palate in the ways of chilli.
Go on, treat yourself and buy the book! You won't regret it, I promise.