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Food of India Paperback – 4 Feb 2006

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books (4 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155285678X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552856789
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 3.2 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,193,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A definitive guide to the vast array of Indian food found in this exotic country. Where dishes vary not only from region to region but suburb to suburb, the range and scope of local specialities is endless: Moghul kormas, Assam teas and Delhi sweets being just a few. The research team behind this book travelled the length and breadth of India, talking to chefs, tasting the dishes and visiting local food producers, giving the reader an honest, insider view of the country's culinary delights and history. The photographs of Jason Lowe capture all the vibrancy and colour associated with the East, reflected in the colourful dishes whose recipes accompany them. Special open-out photographic sections illustrate the diversity of Indian herbs and spices, sweets and teas making the book extra special with their freshness and attractiveness. A must for any lover of India or Indian food. - Lucy Watson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Paperback
I cannot praise this book highly enough: I have many Indian food/curry cookbooks and this one beats them all hands down.

The book itself is a fine piece of production. Photos of street vendors, market stalls, shops and produce invite you in and, along with the author's flavoursome writings and introductions, put the food in the correct cultural context.

The recipes are excellent. Simply written and easy to follow, they are nevertheless exquisite. A fine mix of street food, traditional feast dishes and true Indian versions of our British curry house favourites, backed-up with comprehensive sections on bread-making, side-dishes and pickles, this book offers an array of mouth-watering treats for any fan of Indian cuisine.

Open the pages and let the warmth of India's sunshine, spices and it's people flood out.
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This is an excellent book for anyone interested in cooking real Indian food.

I have more Indian cookery books than I care to admit to, many (like this one) bought in India, where I've managed to eat my way from North to South over the past 15 years, but I find myself returning to this one time and time again, My battered old 2005 copy is now looking extremely tatty as a result of overuse, and many of the recipes have become firm favourites over the years - I defy anyone who tries the outstandingly delicious parippu and / or keema mutter recipes to make them only once or not to eat too much of them at one sitting!

I usually avoid publisher compilations when buying cookery books because they are invariably pretty poor in terms of quality and authenticity as compared to books written by individuals from the relevant country......but not this one. It is a stunning-looking book with fabulous photography, but more importantly (for me at least), the recipes are extremely reliable and authentically Indian. A few non-traditional dishes have crept into the latest edition (salmon curry for example, which I've yet to see on any menu in India), but this is likely only to offend purists and the book is none the worse for their inclusion.

When considering buying this book bear in mind that it is a regional "homestyle" Indian cookery book which doesn't include many of the dishes served in Indian restaurants in the UK and that even when it does the end result will be unlikely to taste the same. But if you're looking for a comprehensive collection of real Indian dishes from across the country then this is the book to choose, and will probably be the only one you'll need.
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We own many indian cook books and bought this to fill our collection, We haven't opened or used any other indian cookery book since! As well as perfectly described and delicious dishes familiar from our local takeaway there are also more unusual dishes such as "Mangalorean Pork Bafath" (so HOT!!)and a wealth of others including a very extensive seafood section (chili crab anyone?) and large veg section. Visually the book is beautiful and worthy of "coffee table" status and a must for spicy food cooks. I note the other books in the series are by other authors I can only hope the Thai one is as good
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Format: Hardcover
The recipes in this book are very easy to follow and if there is an ingredient in there that you aren't sure of, there are explanations and translations of all spices and types of food. We have used this book many times now and have been very impressed with the simplicity and flavour of the food. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves cooking tasty food!
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An great collection of recipes from india... Highly recommended... It's a pity that the quality of the binding is so poor, as in under a year the book has basically fallen apart. I have other books from same publisher that have lasted, so it might just have been this batch..
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I have owned this book for about 5 years and I like it so much that I have also bought it for several of my friends and family who are into Indian food. Some of the vegetable dishes, particularly the okra and aubergine recipes are excellent and the Yakhni pulao is my favourite rice dish of all time; partly because it's almost impossible to get it wrong. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is that the cover of the book is a bit flimsy and broke after about 2 years, but that is probably because I use it almost every week. But with a bit of help from some tape it is still going strong.
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By flyinghyphen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
The content of this book is exactly the same as ISBN: 1740454723.

The Food of India: A Journey for Food Lovers (Food of the World)
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Every dish I've cooked from this book has turned out very well. The recipe for Rogan Josh consistently provides well flavoured and very tender lamb, with the biriyani another favorite. It also has an excellent range of vegetable dishes and recipes using lentils, dal and chickpeas. Beautiful to look at and sometimes I pass enjoyable afternoons planning what I'm going to cook next, enjoying the descriptions and photography. Some ingredients will require a bit of searching to find, unless you live in an area with some good Asian grocers, but most recipes use the range of standard spices etc found in most good supermarkets.
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