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India: The Cookbook Hardcover – Sep 17 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (Sept. 17 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714859028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714859026
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 5.7 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"beautifully-designed... indispensable information on ingredients and equipment... manages to make even the most exotic and esoteric regional recipes accessible with straightforward methods and plain language" —Good Things

About the Author

Pushpesh Pant was born in Nainital, northen India, and is now a professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. A regular recipe columnist and author of many cookbooks in India, he has spent two decades collecting authentic family recipes from all over the subcontinent, which have been carefully edited, tested and collated to produce a remarkable collection documenting the rich diversity of Indian cuisine.


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I unfortunately don't have the bookshelf space to own hundreds of books. My little sister introduced me to Phaidon and their Cookbook collection. This one + Mexico, Thailand and Peru feels like I have an encyclopedic amount of international cooking knowledge at my disposition.
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I ordered "India the cookbook" after looking through it in a store. I was really impressed as to the scope of dishes covered. A lot of the dishes seem really simple to prepare once you have purchased the proper spices.

The book is well organized by: Spice mixtures, pickles chutneys raitas, snacks and appetizers, vegetables, fish and seafood, meat, pulses, breads,rice, desserts, drinks. There is even a section of recipes from contemporary restaurants located outside India.

Each recipe has an Indian name and English translation, key to a photograph, spiciness guide, region of origin. Each recipe gives measurements for ingredients in grams, ounces, cups. There are lots of juicy photographs in colour plates that show you what the dishes should look like. The printed pages of this book are beautifully coloured and are of a lightweight but strong paper printed and bound in Italy. There is a brief introduction about Indian cooking, how to eat Indian meals, geographic regions. I have successfully cooked Indian food before and am excited to expand my repertoire. I would recommend this book to people who have previous cooking knowledge.
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The fact that this book has about 740 pages of recipes speaks for the work that went into producing this book. It may indeed be the only Indian cookbook you'll ever need, however, to make that completely true, there are some changes that could be made. I do a lot of ethnic cooking and have a range of Indian recipes that I begged, borrowed or stole from Indian friends. I know my way around most of the ingredients. I did find that this book was overwhelming and even a bit extreme as to the sheer volume of recipes included. As an example, there are 82 pages of lamb recipes...I'm guessing about 60 recipes. Great for those who like lamb, but perhaps not really necessary. As well, I found a lot of the recipes were very similar and could maybe have been narrowed down. Here are my comments on the book:
- many many recipes for sauces, chutneys and spice mixes were given, but no indication of where they were used or what meals they could accompany
- there were many pictures, but they were inserted in clumps of picture pages, and were not adjacent to the recipe - making the book a bit of a road map to a final product
- lack of matching pictures for all recipes makes it hard to tell the end product you should be aiming for
- no accompanying description, history or background on the dishes - you're on your own for determining how to put together a meal or to choose accompanying side dishes
- the book publishing is low quality - pages are similar to newsprint - may not be an issue, but I have concerns with the longevity of this book - especially if it were to be used often
- pictures that were included were low quality...some hard to see what the food looked like, very dark pictures
- the index of recipes is listed by the title of the recipe, not by the type of food eg.
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What a fabulous book...I have a small collection of about 65 Indian Cookbooks, but it's true what it says on the cover of 'India Cookbook' ~ It really is "The Only Book On Indian Food You'll Ever Need" and had I bought this one first, my collection might have been reduced to this one book.
The only fault I found is that it does not have 960 pages as it states in the 'description', nor does it weigh 1.6kg ~ it actually has 815 pages (including the index) and weighs 1.5kg (the weight is written on the book cover). The difference in weight may explain the missing pages...however, the ISBN # is the same. hmmm
The bottom line is, if you're interested in cooking the food of India, buy this book!!!
BTW ~ it comes sealed in plastic, in a cloth bag that has the same design as the book cover...so cute!!
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This was a gift. The recipient was very happy with the following:
The number and variety of the recipes provided
The artful presentation of the book (which arrives in what looks like a small, colourful bag of rice
The fact that it is lightweight (yes, it is true that the paper is not high-end like a coffee table cookbook, but this is part of its aesthetic appeal)

One con is that the book makes references to different kinds of dishes, but does not address (nor does it organize according to) the nuances and major differences in India's regional cuisines.
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I am new to Indian cooking. I love this cook book and look forward to using it a lot. It is pretty comprehensive and I saw it on a friends cookery shelf and decided to buy it. They have decided to Indian food for a year. Once the kids move out)
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Beautiful book. Absolutely stunning. Purchased this for my mom, who is starting to get into Indian cooking. The book comes in a bag that looks like a cloth rice or spice bag (with the same images as the cover of this book). The detail on the inside is beautiful, with lots of colourful images. The author explains some of the nuisances of Indian cooking at the start of the book, including details on spices and their uses. The book itself is quite large, but surprisingly light in weight. This is definitely not a beginner's cookbook, and there are spices needed for some recipes that might not be readily accessible throughout Canada. (I can find these spices in Toronto, but not necessarily on the East coast).
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