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Curry Bible: Every Favourite Recipe from the Indian Restaurant Menu Paperback – 5 Nov 1998

4.8 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New edition edition (5 Nov. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034068562X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340685624
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 28 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Pat Chapman's Curry Bible was first published in 1997.

Meanwhile Pat Chapman's Curry Bible should not be confused with the recently published Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Bible.

Pat's book studies all the main stream restaurant -style curry in depth, whereas Madhur's excellent book includes dishes from all over the world including places like Vietnam etc.

About the Author

Pat is passionate about oriental food. He founded the Curry Club and appears frequently in the media. He is also the editor of The Good Curry Guide.


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Format: Paperback
I'm a professional programmer, but a lousy cook. However, this book is absolutely *fantastic* for those who want to cook proper curries from fresh ingredients - no matter what their culinary skills.
The books covers everything you need to know, and more, including equipment, ingredients, techniques, and the recipes - as well as some excellent background information such as the history of particular dishes, regional variations and lavish photographs. If someone like me can make a tasty Lamb Keema just by following this book, so can you! :-)
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I am a total novice when it comes to cooking curries. However, I found it really easy to follow the recepies in this well organised book. This book however is not your normal recipe book, it contains very interesting sections on the history of the various cuisines found throughout India and surrounding countries. It also has very useful sections on each page refering to the various spices and herbs that are used within the different dishes throughout the book.
No budding Curry chef should be without it!!!
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Format: Hardcover
I got this book longer ago than I care to admit, when I was a student and learning to cook. Using this book, I got really into Indian cooking and managed to turn out some fairly impressive looking dishes. I'm still enthusiastic about cooking and now have a fairly big collection of books, but still go back to this one - either to pick out a recipe or just to read. I've cooked loads of recipes out of it over the years, and I love it to bits!

The Curry Bible has pretty much every recipe you'd want - even if there is something missing, you can use this book to learn basic curry sauces and then play about with them to create whatever you want. For some dishes, like korma and pakora, it gives a more authentic version as well as a restaurant re-working. It also includes information about Indian regional cooking, spices and curries across the world.

Basically, it's really good and if you're at all interested in curries, buy it!
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This is the original curry lovers cook book. Pat Chapman is a self-confessed curry fanatic. He brings you a step by step guide to recreate the restaurant currys you love. It is pretty straight forward and is a near idiots guide to take you to curry heaven. Get your self a cool pint of the fizzy lager stuff, add some flock wallpaper and dodgy music and you will be transported to a golden time for the curry. It may not be the trendy upmarket answer that some of you are searching for but there is plenty of choice out there for the more culturally and ethnically authentic. But hey if you want to treat your mates to a chicken tikka masala this will take you there, add a home made naan bread and you will be watching football or reality tv before you know it. Real comfort food.
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I've cooked many of the curries from this book and all my mates have said I cook curries better than an Indian restaurant - this is due to this book alone.

Great pictures, background history, spice explanations, great masalas and even shows restaurant vs authentic versions of dishes.

There are many 5/5 scores for this book for a reason - it will teach you how to make all the best curries you've ever eaten.
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Format: Hardcover
This book introduces the reader to some of the most popular curries and side dishes. The recipes presented are quite detailled and the reader should have or be prepared to buy quite a range of spices for even the most basic of curries. That said, the recipes are clear to follow and produce good results. The book is well presented with a good selection of quality images of the food. A good feature is the inclusion of a selection of side dishes and dips to accompany a meal.
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This book arrived in far better condition than advertised which was a very pleasant surprise. I haven't had time to make any of the recipes yet but the book seems to be very well written. The pictures are stunning and the recipes themselves look to be easy to follow. The only downside is you have to flip backwards and forwards sometimes but that doesn't really bother me. Very pleased I bought this and can't wait to cook some delicious food!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a little frustrating to follow at times as you have to keep reffering to recipes for the curry gravy etc and so you find yourself going backwards and forwards a bit.
Once you've got your head round this and managed to work out some of the ommissions in relation to what goes in the oven and when, the actual results are very good. I've always found recipe books to be merely a guide anyway so this book is ideal for those that like to refer to cookbooks for guidance rather than stick rigidly to the recipe.
Overall, very happy with the book.
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