Madhur Jaffrey's recipes always work and she makes them seem so do-able and straightforward. Thanks to Madhur it's possible to cook authentic delicious food at home and this vegetarian book is a must for any collection regardless of whether you are vegetarian or not.
Just ordering a new copy, the old one having finally and completely fallen apart after 20-odd years. We have a large range of vegetarian cookbooks, including others by Madhur Jaffrey, but this is the one we always turn back to. Many of the recipes have become staples, both easy ones such as the spicy chickpeas and slightly more time-consuming ones such as the superb Dum Aloo.
I generally try out a new recipe exactly as written and then adapt it. The only note of caution, and the only real criticism, is that Jaffrey uses far too much salt (a point she seems to take on board in her later books).
Madhur Jaffrey's Eastern Vegetarian Cooking. My brother bought me this book years ago, following a conversation we had about vegetarian food. Neither of us are vegetarians, however we do appreciate good fresh home cooking. I was interested in the Persian recipes in this book,and found many uncomplicated delicious recipes which appealed very much to my non-vegetarian family, and could be rustled up in no time at all. Try the carrots cooked with raisins and dates,which was delicious served with a roast chicken dinner, and her Kateh rice, which is explained very clearly in this cookery book. The Bengali recipes are outstanding, my family loved the Bengali Tomatoes, and another Indian recipe for Corn with Coconut Milk. Many recipes are from the Far East too, and there are menu suggestions for middle-eastern menus, Chinese, Indian, Korean and Japanese There are no colour photographs in this book, and the method is written in paragraph form, which isn't as easy as recipe instructions with bullet points, but Madhur Jaffrey works her magic again, and the recipes are detailed, so as you know exactly how they should turn out. I picked up this book again after moving house, and found I had bookmarked many pages. After having enjoyed a TV programme on sprouted seeds cookery, I'm going to be looking at the extensive selection described in this book. There are plenty "Comfort Food" recipes in this book, and Madhur includes Kitcheri recipes, which combine rice and "Dals" We enjoy this type of dish served with any of Madhur's yoghurt dishes. This book doesn't have any colour photos,but the variety of recipes that are explained so clearly more than make up for that.