I would like to thank Sumayya for writing this book. My mother passed away, and with her passing I lost my encyclopedia of recipes. I have tried a few recipes in this book and so far all have tasted authentic, delicious and each dish is a triumph of flavour, spice and heat. My cooking was becoming a little too similar, but these recipes have cured that.
What a treat to read such a beautiful book full of deliciousrecipes, engaging writing and enticing photography. Sumayya writes with such obvious passion and knowledge, you can't help but be transported to Pakistan and will salivate considerably just reading this. Stunning.
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 South Asian 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.