If you are looking for a basic cookbook in Indian cuisine, this is it (nearly 800 pages!). Although illustrations are few (hand-drawn, mostly for instructional purposes), it is clear, concise and beautifully presented. It covers whatever you need to know for creating delicious authentic vegetarian Indian meals. This book was recommended to me by an Indian lady when I was her dinner guest, she called it her 'Bible'. This is my main source for recipes, along with 'The Ayurvedic Cookbook' by Amadea Morningstar.
I bought this some 25 years ago and use it all the time. Such care in explaining the recipes; I've never had a failure yet. It doesn't use onions, garlic or leeks, but the recipes are still delicious. It might look like there are a lot of ingredients, but they're mostly spices. If you want explanations, in detail, about why to do or not do something, this is the book. I can't recommend it highly enough.
This book is an absolute treasure. It has captured the essence of Vaishnava cooking in this well-researched compendium of recipes gathered from her Guru, temple cooks and various devotees of Lord Krishna from across India. Each recipe is precise in measurements and instructions and the outcome of even the seemingly-complicated recipes is a success. He often uses the simplest of ingredients to create unforgettable magic.
the mother of all the vegetarian cook books ......its amazing...awsome...!!! try any recipe..you will always be more than satisfied and content..and will always feel like cooking from this book... great job yamuna devi !!
I had a copy of this back in the eighties, but lost it somewhere along the line. The fact that I've actually bothered to get another one says it all really. Massive great tome, contains enough veggie recipes to last a lifetime if you try to do all of them, but has enough variety that there must be something for everybody in it somewhere.
Although this book is clearly linked to the philosophical beliefs of ISKCON, it is in fact an exhaustive account of the classically vegetarian cuisine of Hindu India. There are recipes for every occasion, and are clearly explained and easy to follow. This book deserves a place on the shelf of every serious vegetarian cook: very highly recommended!