This is a beautiful, original cookbook. The recipes are easy to follow and although the author uses a lot of spices they are easy to find in SouthAsian shops or online (amazon has all of them). The section on drinks is excellent and original, I'm sure you can impress your friends with some of her drinks. The meat and vegetable section is also really good, some vegetarian main dishes are included, soups, dahls and curries. I really recommend this book, especially if you are looking for something new for your repertoire and new flavors. The book also includes the memories of the author of her country of origin, so it makes the book not only a good recipe book but an excellent before bed reading!
I've cooked loads of dishes from this book already, including sweet potato flatbreads, chickpea curry, spicy potatoes, a couple of the spice mixes ... all of them have been delicious. The book is easy to follow, and full of extremely interesting and tempting recipes. If you are lucky enough to have a store nearby that specialises in SouthAsian ingredients, you will find it easy to get everything required, but if not, there may be one or two things that are still more difficult to obtain unless you plan ahead and order online. The thing that I feel adds something extra to this book, however, is the personal element - the author includes stories and memories from her childhood, and some photographs too. We are invited to share in these memories through recreating the food that evokes them. It is a sweetly moving experience.
UNDERWHELMED by the recipes. If you like collecting 'good looking' books to add to your shelf then this one is a good one to add. If you are, however, looking for inspired recipes from Pakistan - not the dishes you see in many other southAsian cook books or eat at Pakistani / Indian restaurants, then I'd suggest to skip this one. It's a nice read with some wistful anecdotes but when you are paying sums like these for a decent cookery book, it is with a mind to learn something new, be inspired and actually gain a deeper insight in to how things are cooked in people's homes! I think the author isn't aware that nowadays people are more clued up on cuisines of the world.