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Summers Under the Tamarind Tree: Recipes and memories from Pakistan Hardcover – 7 Apr 2016

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; 01 edition (7 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071123678X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711236783
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"My favourite sort of cookbook: personal, beautiful and full of things I want to eat." 



"Sumayya's words bring to life the aromas of her exquisite recipes, as well as the story of a little-known culinary heritage. It's wonderful to discover the world of Pakistani food and andaza (sensory cooking) in this perfect cookbook." 



"This book is a treasure. Charm, information and what Sumayya  calls ‘the flavour of my Pakistani heritage’ permeates every single recipe. It's an excellent book both for armchair-reading and for its detailed recipes."



"This book is a treasure. Charm, information and what Sumayya  calls ‘ the flavour of my Pakistani heritage’ permeates every single recipe. It's an excellent book both for armchair-reading and for its detailed recipes."

"Sumayya's words bring to life the aromas of her exquisite recipes, as well as the story of a little-known culinary heritage. It's wonderful to discover the world of Pakistani food and andaza (sensory cooking) in this perfect cookbook." 

"My favourite sort of cookbook: personal, beautiful and full of things I want to eat." 

"...as soon as I'd turned the first page and started reading I felt myself instantly drawn in." 

"Sumayya Usmani has produced a book that balances her personal experience and recollections of a life in Pakistan with the food of that nation, and it’ s a captivating and authentic  view, supported by  beautiful and fragile photography, a view  that will teach, guide, and make you wish you could be there."

"Cookbook to Covet...fascinating, visually appealing and filled with tales, childhood memories and plenty of insight into inspiring, traditional dishes from Pakistan”



"I had a choice: stay in, and cook from Sumayya Usmani’ s fabulous new Pakistani cookbook, Summers Under The Tamarind Tree, or review a restaurant. Glasgow-based Usmani has produced one of those volumes you should definitely not read in bed because it will wake you up and make you urgently hungry." 

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"A successful combination of recipe book and memoir which will give you an interesting - and tasty - introduction to Pakistani cookery."

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"The most talked-about cookbook of 2016 so far has been this delightful collection of recipes showcasing Pakistani cuisine"



"The most talked-about cookbook of 2016 so far has been this delightful collection of recipes showcasing Pakistani cuisine"
(Asiana Wedding magazine)

"A successful combination of recipe book and memoir which will give you an interesting - and tasty - introduction to Pakistani cookery."
(UK Handmade)

"I had a choice: stay in, and cook from Sumayya Usmani’s fabulous new Pakistani cookbook, Summers Under The Tamarind Tree, or review a restaurant. Glasgow-based Usmani has produced one of those volumes you should definitely not read in bed because it will wake you up and make you urgently hungry."
(Joanna Blythman Sunday Herald)

"..as soon as I'd turned the first page and started reading I felt myself instantly drawn in."
(Great British Chefs)

"Beautifully written and photographed, this collection of more than 100 family recipes will inspire you to open up the spice cabinet and make something brand-new."

(FoodRepublic.com)

“Cookbook to Covet…fascinating, visually appealing and filled with tales, childhood memories and plenty of insight into inspiring, traditional dishes from Pakistan” 
(Grazia magazine)

“This book is an excellent read, full of information for those seeking to dip into Pakistani cookery and need a helpful hand or those experienced and looking to expand their skills and tastes.” 
(Food and Drink Glasgow)

“as the rich secrets of saffron-infused rice and comforting parathas are shared with us, we can be thankful that Usmani ditched law to give a voice to the food of Pakistan.”
(The Telegraph Magazine)

“Memoir cookbooks are often the most successful in the food genre. Sumayya Usmani’s Summers Under the Tamarind Tree is a perfect example, more than living up to the “recipes and memories from Pakistan” that the subtitle promises.” 
(The Irish Times)

“Open this spellbinding cookbook, and its stunning photographs will instantly cast you away to the bustling markets, street food stalls and generously-laden dinner tables of Pakistan. Sumayya Usmani garnishes her recipes with charming anecdotes about her childhood in Pakistan. This book is an unprecedentedly authentic snapshot into the culinary culture of this often overlooked country.”
(independent.co.uk)

About the Author

Sumayya Usmani grew up in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to London over ten years ago, but has found home in Glasgow, Scotland. A food writer and cookery teacher, Sumayya is passionate about sharing the flavours of her homeland with a view to highlighting Pakistani cuisine as a distinct one.  Sumayya advocates cooking by "andaza", (sensory and estimation cooking), which is how she learnt to cook from her mother and grandmothers from a very young age. She appears frequently in many online and print publications, on television, and co-presents BBC Kitchen Cafe weekly on BBC Radio Scotland.


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Beautifully written and designed and interesting twist on alternative Indian fare
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Good book
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This is an absolutely beautiful book, it brings to life a whole range of dishes that i simply never been exposed to. I attended a cookery course run by Sumayya in Oxford and so I already had attempted a couple of the recipes here, however the vast majority were entirely new to me.

The recipes are clearly written and the beautiful pictures are a real inspiration.
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Not authentic, was very excited about this book as have been a fan for many years of Pakistani food but this seemed very anglocised and was disappointing.
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What a stunning book, the pictures are beautiful, Sumayya is an eloquent writer and the recipes are making me drool. Definitely recommend as recipes are varied with ingredients easy to find in any Asian grocery.
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Excellent cookbook. Has various Asian recipes, with easy to follow instructions. I have tried five so far & all have been top notch! The book also has a nice story, explaining where the recipes have originated. I would recommend this product.
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Love this book, the recipes are a good mix of the traditional and contemporary. It's really great to see a cookbook that reflects Pakistani cuisine and culture in such a beautiful way, the personal pics, anecdotes and food pics are lovely. I'm not sure the chef/author has really got her dues, I'd like to see her enjoy more publicity as in my opinion she's captured the nuances and flavour's of a cuisine that needs more recognition.
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Beautifully written with great recipes. What makes it easy is that everyday ingredients can be used, you don't have to search high and low for them all over the Internet.
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