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3.5 Stars: A guide to Indian Restaurant-style cooking rather than home-cooked food
on 23 May 2017
Initial impression on opening the packaging was "where's the book?" as the closely-typed, 100 pages of recipes without any illustrations beyond the cover looks more like a pamphlet than a cook book. Particularly disappointing as this is a gift from my son to my daughter - neither are going to be impressed.
However, closer inspection has changed my opinion somewhat - this is not a traditional 'home-cooked curry' nor a 'food from different regions of India' cook book. This is a book that teaches you how to recreate restaurant style meals, including 'tricks of the trade' (or shortcuts, to you and me), using a limited range of ingredients. For example, there is a recipe for a Curry Sauce which is used as a base in several meat dishes - probably not an approach that I would normally use at home, but I can understand that in a restaurant where consistency, low unit cost and speed are the priorities, this would be the way to go.
If you're looking for home-style Indian recipes, this is not for you; if you want to be able to put on a banquet of several different (with a common base ;-) ) Indian dishes, this is a good, inexpensive guide.