The Food of India Hardcover – 30 Dec 2007
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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I have made about 70% of the recipes in this cook book, and every one of them has turned out brilliantly. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Monique Sharland
Every single recipe out of this book has tasted brilliant and authentic. Some recipes look like a lot of effort but it's necessary for great tasting food. Read morePublished 23 months ago by thedpexperience
Sent this as a present to my sister who had just visited India and she has enjoyed using it as much as I did with my own copy.Published on 28 July 2013 by Elizabeth Bass
Great cook book I am an executive chef and find the gives good information well worth buying I know I will get a lot of use from this book I understand herbs and spices just gives... Read morePublished on 21 July 2013 by Deryck Stevenson
Great book with some amazing recipies in, which are quite amazing. Really good write up of ingredients and where the dishes come from.Published on 2 Jan. 2013 by P. Sarosh
If I'm honest, I bought this book as much for the pictures as for the recipes. It's an interesting read on its own without the cooking aspect of it and if I'm honest I wasn't... Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2012 by JC
A little dispointed with this cook book. Pictures are lovely but the print and paper quality not very good. Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2012 by sandy