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3.0 out of 5 stars Bland, 16 Jan. 2012
This review is from: An Indian Housewife's Recipe Book: Over 100 traditional recipes (Paperback)
I have bought a lot of Indian cookery books over the years as I have always enjoyed eating Indian food, and wanted to learn to cook it. I got married two years ago to an Indian man from Kerala and received a few tips from my mother-in-law and now I have become quite good at making curries, and can cook something without even picking up a book.I bought this book because of the great reviews.and thought that I might learn something new. It is ok for people that have no idea about Indian cooking, but for people that really know Indian food, would realize that the recipes are not really authentic Indian recipes, and have been changed to suit the British taste. Most of the recipes are more or less the same and gives people the wrong impression about curries. India is a huge country and each region has its own way of cooking and tastes. This book lacks variety.
However,for people that want to learn the basics it is fine. It is not expensive and it is written in a clear, instructive way. But, for poeple that know about cooking Indian food and have been to India, will be quite disappointed with this book.
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Initial post: 17 Jun 2012 10:06:29 BDT
Scotlanda says:
Thank you for this review. I realised that the recipes here were not truly authentic, calling for soy sauce and pre-blended tandoori masala powder. I agree the recipes are good, and do suit our British palates. I would be interested to know which titles you would recommend, as I am always looking for authentic recipes and frequently base my purchases on Amazon reviews.

Posted on 22 Oct 2013 20:35:05 BDT
Marla says:
You are absolutely correct. Don't call this book an Indian Housewife's Recipe Book as it is not at all. I am a born and raised Indian married to an Italian and previewing this book for my husband who loves cooking, its a total waste of money. This is a beginners guide to Indian cooking adapted for a British Audience. I would have given it 1 star.

Posted on 17 Aug 2016 12:54:08 BDT
Please could you recommend me an authentic recipe book? My wife is Indian and she is a great cook but I want to learn too!
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