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Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen Hardcover – 21 Apr 2009
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"Monica Bhide is a mistress of spices who uses them like enchanting spells. Her recipes will take you to distant lands but bring you right back home with their taste and ease!" -- Chef Art Smith, television personality, award-winning chef, and author of "Back to the Table"
"Monica Bhide...invites you along for a tasty ride in her forthcoming book, "Modern Spice"....Bhide offers a modern interpretation of Indian flavors and cooking techniques. The result is something cooks need-- new ways of thinking about common ingredients. -- J.M. Hirsch, "Associated Press "
"Monica Bhide -- a proven expert in all things South Asian -- has compiled a witty and practical guide to Indian-style cooking. Her recipe for curried egg salad is alone worth the price of this book." -- James Oseland, Editor-in-Chief, "Saveur", and author of "Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore"
"At once contemporary and rooted in tradition, sophisticated yet straightforward, creative but comforting, "Modern Spice" is perfectly suited to the times; it offers new directions, interpretations, and ideas for taking Indian food to the next level. Thanks to enriching personal and informational essays, "Modern Spice" is also a great read." -- Steven A. Shaw, author of "Asian Dining Rules" and director of eGullet.org
"The real spice in "Modern Spice" is love! No one writes about food with as much joy as Monica Bhide does. Her passion makes this book's beautiful stories and recipes a pleasure to read." -- Jose Andres host of the PBS series, "Made in Spain", and author of the companion book "Made in Spain"
"For those of us who love Indian food and want to cook it at home, " Modern Spice" is the cookbook we've been waiting for. Monica Bhide's simple, flavor-packed recipes make this exciting cuisine modern, accessible, and right at home in the American kitchen." -- Victoria von Biel, Executive Editor, "Bon Appetit " -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.
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Beautifully produced but I think you should save your money.
But tastes in food are very personal.
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Being a Pure Vegetarian, I typically do not buy cookbooks that have non vegetarian dishes but this was an exception.It has been less than a month that I bought this book.I am yet to be disappointed for the beautiful writing and her fusion recipes.While staying true to the Indian spices, she gives a modern twist to each of the dishes. My favorite dishes so far are Red Pepper and Green Tomatillo Chutney and Curried Carrot and Ginger Soup with Pan-Fried Paneer!
" Authenticity is a state of mind" she says! The engineer turned author also gives a list of spices and her favorite store brands along with a few websites that you can go to buy Indian spices online.This is a practical book to someone who enjoys fusion but also wants to make home cooked Indian food without having load of ingredients. Even if you are not into Indian cooking or if you are not in the mood for cooking, you can still curl on a couch with a cup of tea to enjoy a leisurely read.
She plays around with Spices and Food as much as she does with Words and essays. It is more than just a cookbook; it is a 'cooking novel' by a novel cook!
Monica Bhide has made the preparation of Indian dishes a little less intimidating. She gives a lot of information about the dishes and the ingredients that are helpful. The title is perfect as she is not rigid about the authentic and has made this cuisine more kitchen friendly than the traditional recipes are.
If you are interested in incorporating all the wonderful and healthy spices used in Indian cuisine into your repertoire, this is the book for you. She is very health conscious and tells you how each spice enhances your health.
I find her recipes to be very flavorful and trustworthy.
Monica Bhide is quite possibly one of the brightest rising stars in the Indian culinary horizon. She is as much at home rubbing shoulders with culinary giants such as Jose Andres & Sanjeev Kapoor as she is fielding questions and comments from a slew of over enthusiastic bloggers via her facebook page and her website. An engineer by academic training, she is the author of three successful books and writes extensively about food, traditions & culture for major publications.
Modern Spice is one of those books that takes its time to sink into, and when it does, completely enchants you into falling in love with the stories and recipes contained within. Its a beautifully balanced set of essays and anecdotes from the author's life, interspersed between a collection of about 120 unique recipes.
At first glance, some of the recipes may well elicit a comment of "oh this, c'mon its so simple/humble, I make it practically every week" . And yet, it escapes us that this very simplicity is what makes it so delicious & memorable.
The recipes contain a collection of day to day simple yet memorable dishes that we live on & look forward to at an intimate family dinner or a gathering of friends. The thoughts and words and (some) recipes are those of a wife, a mother, a nervous graduate student rather than an established author, and Ms. Bhide excels at communicating this in the book. Just as the reader warms up to the fuzzy home made creations, the creative streak of the author becomes evident in such novel dishes as the savory cheesecakes (baked in phyllo pastry shells) paired with a red pepper and tomatillo chutney. And I've not even begun to describe the array of delightful offerings in the beverage section such as the guava bellini and Tamarind Margarita, attributed to Chef K.N.Vinod of Indique Heights in Chevy Chase, MD.
The essays speak to, and relate on a personal level with the reader. Reminiscences of the author's childhood in New Delhi, of her 'dadi maa' lovingly crushing rotis before feeding her children & grand kids at dinner, or one of my favorites (something I completely identified with personally), her love affair with 'chaat masala', and the quest to locate and retain for the long term, a suitable 'supplier'... of ready made rotis in the US! The quirks that everyone of us is endowed with, and makes us human.