Mangoes and Curry Leaves: Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent Hardcover – Nov 15 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. With their most recent cookbook, Home Baking, the authors of Seductions of Rice and Hot Sour Salty Sweet strayed slightly from the kind of pungent Asian food that is their strength, but they're back on track with this paean to the subcontinent, which they've been visiting separately and together since the 1970s. The many dals, like soupy Easy Karnataka Chana with chickpeas and salads like Nepali Green Bean-Sesame Salad are simple and terrific. Entrees are often spicy and always authentic, like Goan Pork Vindaloo, made by rubbing a vinegar-spice paste into the meat. A chapter on street foods is full of promising tidbits, including the suggestion that readers make fried foods such as Mushroom Pakoras with Fresh Herb Chutney for guests (so long as they don't mind spending a whole lot of time in the kitchen). Reading Alford and Duguid's chatty text and headnotes is like receiving envy-inducing postcards from a college friend who never gave up backpacking—if you have the sort of friends who would be disposed to build a tandoor oven out of clay and manure or visit Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka based on a tip from a snake-bitten fellow traveler. This is a comprehensive book filled with compelling writing—a worthy addition to the couple's impressive body of work. Color and b&w photos. (On sale Nov. 20)
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“Random House Canada continues its impressive cookbook program with another lavish volume from world travelers Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid.”
–Quill and Quire
“What is left to say about the astonishing husband-and-wife team Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid?...This wonderful coffee table book is the result of multiple trips over three decades to the Indian subcontinent…Alford and Duguid have gathered a breathtaking range of recipes…The book’s gorgeous design is filled out with the authors’ own luminous travel photos…Mangoes and Curry Leaves is so fascinating it renders one virtually speechless.”
–Quill and Quire
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This is an excellent collection of culture, food and pictorial insights of the "Great Subcontinent." I like when a cook book goes beyond recipies and this book has done a great job in adding to understanding a fascinating reagion of the world. I feel that this is one book to add to your collection.
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This book provides interesting combinations of foods in each subject area and talks about each region. Read morePublished 2 months ago by LINDSAY
Interesting stories and photos, interesting recipies but difficult to get the ingredients here. Not practical so it sits unopened in my cookbook collection.Published on April 3 2013 by Eliot
excellent book. lots of great information and very nice pictures. details are straight forward and easy to follow. if you enjoy indian style food, you'll love this book.Published on Feb. 27 2013 by happychappy