Miss Masala Hardcover – 29 Apr 2010
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About the Author
Born and brought up in Kolkata, India, Mallika Basu now lives in London and juggles marriage, family, a high-flying career and an active social life, yet somehow finds time to indulge her passion for cooking. In 2006 Mallika set up her blog, www.quickindiancooking.com, an instant success, with 16,000 unique visitors each month and hits from around the world. Mallika has contributed to various Indian and lifestyle magazines, writes for an Indian website and has been featured in the UK press.
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So, upon reading just the first few pages, it was clear that the recipes were indeed aimed at those people who don't have the time to track down obscure ingredients, or a kitchen the size of an airplane hanger to store them all in. The approach to keep it simple and use easily accessible ingredients is just what I needed, and not only that, but the style in which it's written makes it easy to follow, and (shock horror) fun!
The book looks more like a hardback novel that a cookery book, and is interspersed with interesting blog like articles, which makes it something to read even when you're not actually cooking.
If you've ever wanted to give Indian cooking a try, then this is a very good introduction to help you on your way. Highly recommended
First of all I find the cover of this book misleading. The implication of a book for 'busy living' is that the recipes will be swift and painless. Much traditional Indian cuisine - in fact true of most cultures - is that it expects lots of time in preparation. Frying spices, soaking pulses & lentils, marinating meats... in short hours of labour for magnificent results. And guess what... many of these recipes call for exactly this approach.
Then there's the presentation. There's nothing wrong with a book being part personal account, part recipe book. Often that sets it above the clinical approach of some of the more generic recipe books. But in this example the balance seems to have swung too far and I soon lost interest in Malika Basu's self indulgent back-story. This might not have mattered if I was bowled over by wonderful looking dishes that made me want to start cooking. But the illustrations are pure fluff - adding a bit of colour to the text but certainly not giving me much inspiration. There are hardly any `end result' photos and maybe I'm too much of a visual beast but these are exactly what typically inspire me to try a recipe.
None of which would have mattered if this were the key to culinary heaven. But the first few recipes we tried just didn't hit the mark. For example, the keema matter required a dedicated shop in an Asian supermarket, was hard work in preparation and ultimately not that special on the plate. We pretty soon lost faith and it's doubtful we'd try many more.
Having grown up in India myself, I found myself yelping in delight as I recognised several authentic recipe names from back home. The book also comes with plenty of little tips and hints that even a newbie cook could easily use. The recipes are varied, from several quick weekday meals to elaborate party pieces. I have already tried several recipes and have enjoyed the results.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone, not just as a recipe book but also as a delightful novel in its own right.
The pages are cream with lines and a margin, making the look like a note book or diary. There are tips, notes and diagrams dotted throughout the book which made it interesting to read. Even when not cooking, it was nice just to sit down and read the book, it was that interesting.
I have learned a lot about the real Indian cuisine, especially that my favourite chicken jhalfrezi means chili fried, i.e. a stir fry, not a thick spicy sauce as in the local restaurant.
Not only are there recipes for many types of meals, but also naan and pick-me-up drinks and meals.
Overall a great book either for yourself or a present.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have bought this book on Kindle, I actually remember watching Mallika Basu on Madhur Jaffery's Curry Nation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rukhsar Ahmed
The book arived in excellent condition! It didn't look used at all.I like Miss Masala so much. If I'm planing to make a curry, now I'm choosing only Miss Masala recipes! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Daiva
Came across Mallika's recipes totally by chance. Bought the online version, love the really simple easy to prepare recipes, following Mallika's blog now.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Hands down the best Indian recipe book we've ever used... Our mates now think we are experts but it's easy cooking with magical results.... Love it!Published 9 months ago by Barclays c.
very interesting book, modern , forward looking, good recipes, and quite amusing to read would give someone for a presentPublished on 23 Jan. 2014 by pauline thornton
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