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India: The Cookbook Hardcover – Sep 17 2010
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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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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.
- 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.Read more ›
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!!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This book was purchased for a family member who has a love for India cooking. She Love's it!Published 6 months ago by KATHY
So many amazing recipes layed out in an easy to use format. Great history of Indian cooking section too!Published 23 months ago by B. Skinner
This is an excellent resource on India's cuisine. My favourites will always be Vij's books but this is right up there..Published on May 16 2014 by Doug W. Murray
I have not had an opportunity to actually cook any of the recipes out of this book yet, but I was a little disappointed with the feel of the pages (the type of paper they used),... Read morePublished on April 27 2012 by Ken C