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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: UK General Books (Feb. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007267053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007267057
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 26.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Pink TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 18 2011
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When I purchased this book, I was hoping that Ramsay would de-mistify some of the Indian cuisine that I had grown fond of. The book did not disappoint.There is an ingredients glossary at the start of the book. Most of the recipes are titled with English so that you can understand at a glance what the recipes are, with the exception of the more well-known dishes. And with most of those, Ramsay also gives an Indian name so that you can begin to learn the names of these dishes. The book is interspersed with colourful photos of Ramsay's culinary trip to India. There are full page photos of most of the dishes. With some recipes, Ramsay tweaks the recipe. I don't know how far off the original traditional recipes are, but knowing ethnic cooking, you must realize that each region, indeed, each cook uses slightly different recipes anyway. I rate this book a buy.
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I just think Gordon Ramsey nails it again with an easy to read cookbook, lavishly appointed with beautiful pictures and stories. It's a wonderful companion to the Great Escape television series shot in India. If you have a chance to get the DVDs or this book go for it. I highly recommend you snag either or both!!
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The recipes in this book are authentic. Also, it is fun looking at the pictures. Colorful book. I enjoyed the story behind each recipe.
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By LovetoShop on March 29 2013
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Great book easy to follow tried few of the recipes easy and tasty good job Gordon A+++ Can't wait to try more recipes from his book.
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A Culinary Journey of Food, History and Self Discovery Dec 30 2011
By TheApCHEF - Published on Amazon.com
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I grew up eatting all sorts of curries and have had a love affair with spices and curry ever since. As a training chef this book has given me a deeper understanding of spice combinations and the methods to manipulate spices to maximise flavour. I found Gordons personal and professional account of India very uplifting. I never considered the influences of topography, climate and history as a major influencer on local food. This knowledge has given me a new way to view what is avaliable in my local area and makes me think twice about how food is prepared, cooked and presented based on these influences.

Gordons take on Indian food is very exciting with the use of mangoe powder, gram flour, a variety of dals and jaggery to the use of rosewater in Dum ba biriyani.

Another great book! Looking forward to reading Gordon's SouthEast Asia!

Nick Blake,
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Gordon Does India May 3 2012
By I. Darren - Published on Amazon.com
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Traditionalists and purists of Indian food may scoff and sniff at this, but three-star Michelin chef Gordon Ramsay has put his immense talents to learning and translating the basics of Indian cookery whilst, at the same time, putting his own style and making the dishes easy for the home cook to prepare and enjoy.

This book is a "spin off" to a British television series that saw Ramsay travel around India, learning from some of the country's top chefs and regular street-food cooks alike what real Indian food is. What people think of Indian food can often be a pale imitation of the real authentic dish or, as in many cases, the dishes one enjoys at home are not even known of in the country of their alleged birth.

There is no standard Indian fare as each region has a wide-range of specialities, delicacies and signature dishes. Where commonality can be found there will still be regional influences based on practical and historical reasons. Here Ramsay gets to learn about what makes many of these dishes tick, whether it be taste, visual appearance, nature of ingredients or even a cultural difference.

Many cookery books featuring Indian food often manage to confuse the less-experienced reader by over-complicating matters or becoming intimidating through their desire to be authentic. Ramsay, whilst trying to keep the food true to its roots, acknowledges and accepts some practical differences - not everybody will have access to all of the cooking implements and fresh ingredients that would be desirable yet with a slight compromise and the use of ingredients that are increasingly-available in larger supermarkets around the world you will still get a dish that could be fit for a King, a Maharajah or a good family get together. With a little bit of effort one can enjoy a taste of India from your own kitchen.

At times one might forget this is principally a recipe book due to the wonderful colourful photographs and light, free-flowing text. It is like having a quality informal travel guide with a lot of recipes and expert advice thrown in. Each recipe is well-presented with much background information, tips and tricks and, as one would expect, one does not need to be a professional chef to follow and understand the instructions.

It would have been nice if more of the knowledge gained from his research could have been added to the book to add further "background impact" but then the book might have been a series of volumes and not so kitchen-friendly. Similar a version of the book with copies of the television series on a DVD or Blu-Ray disk would have been great, but licensing and technical issues involved with the television world still get in the way. If you get the chance to see the series or to buy a DVD/Blu-Ray copy you should do so for additional benefit.

This reviewer, himself an avid eater of Indian foods, found quite a lot of interesting recipes to try in the future as well as a lot of information nuggets to file away. This is not a classic reference book nor a classic recipe book but a jolly good hybrid. A sort of informal learning experience. This book really should be considered if you have enjoyed Indian food and wish to learn a little more about it and, hopefully, have an interest to try making some for yourself.

The book's very reasonable price makes it a bargain - particularly when you know it will be heavily-discounted by many larger outlets due to the television series tie in, meaning that it is going to be affordable to even more people. For less than the price of couple of typical takeaway meals, you could get the knowledge to make your own in the future!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent value for money! Sept. 6 2010
By Paul Brady - Published on Amazon.com
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Full of great tips, tricks, fantastic recipes and some entertaining anecdotes!

I've tried four recipes to date and they have ALL been wonderful success's - especially the butter chicken!

The price was great too!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
text only Dec 16 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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No pics on the ebook! Not ok. I want more than just bare text. I trust the recipes are ok, but I want a better format than my Mom's recipe rolodex.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The TV series is exceptional, but this book doesn't convey that Sept. 21 2011
By Three if by Space - Published on Amazon.com
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After watching Ramsay's abrasive TV shows, where he cruelly confronts chefs and owners, I was pleased, then surprised, then amazed that his short journey to India was worthwhile as cooking instruction, as a travelogue, and even as a spiritual journey. I went to find my local Indian market, and started the very difficult task of shopping where the food is labeled in several languages. (It was worse even, than trying to buy at the Chinese market.) I had a higher proportion of failures than in any other cuisine, and Ramsay's book didn't help. He is a high-end cook, and he tends to "telegraph", omitting details he apparently feels should be obvious. I'm a beginning cook, and not all that much is obvious to me! Neither is it helpful, Ramsay, simply to tell readers to buy everything local and fresh. I can't buy any of the fish mentioned local or fresh or frozen.

So, overall, if you have a lot of shelf space, already know something about Indian cooking, and enjoyed the TV series, go ahead, buy the book, and enjoy a few extra moments with Ramsay's experience.

(Ingredients. Wikipedia has a comprehensive list of Indian ingredients, transliterated. It has been withdrawn (whatever that means), but the person who removed it still has a copy stored, if you click the history. It's extremely useful, and I couldn't easily find anything else equivalent on the Internet.)

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