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Posted June 14, 2011
Practical, delicious, yet exotic Indian recipes with a contemporary twist!
While having lived in America for a few years before I moved back to India, I have often had my colleagues and friends make statements like,"No other cuisine frightens me more in the kitchen than Indian food. Don't get me wrong, I love eating it, but preparing it from scratch is a whole other thing! So, I've been putting off the idea of cooking Indian food at home forever..." This book is a boon to all similar-thinking novice chefs, homemakers and anyone else who loves to cook. The recipes in this book are made simple, yet carry the exotic anecdote that is often associated with Indian cooking. Hari Nayak has his own indigenous way of making sure that there is no compromise on taste and flavours, even when he is substituting Indian exotic ingredients with produce locally found in America. This is not an ordinary book, you will see. Not only does the book contain great recipes, it also contains simple techniques and trivial tricks and tips with which conjuring up a delicious Indian menu will be easy as a breeze. It is an exhilarating read which really showcases the diversity of Indian cuisine, various elements and seasons that catalyse certain dishes that we make. The ornamental motives embedded in the layout, and the spectacular food-photography in this book, makes it a visual appeal. I also like the fact, that each recipe has a small history to it, making it all the more personal and offering you sort of a peek into the chef's mind, while he was probably putting the book together. The steps in each recipe are comforting, re-assuring and easy-to-follow. Still, it is so comprehensive, it probably is, the only Indian cookbook (even though I stay in India!) I'll ever need.
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Posted July 19, 2013
Great Recipe Book That Really Works! So far I have tried five o
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So far I have tried five of the recipes in this book, which all turned out well.
It was really "without fear or fuss" as the title says. The author definitely knows how to omit the hard-to-obtain
ingredients without losing authentic flavor. This book is a boon to me, all the more because I have been
frustrated by another Indian cook book " The Great Curries of India" by Camellia Pamjabi. Her recipes somehow
did not work for me - I never seemed to be able to make what the picture shows no matter how closely I followed
them. I am very happy I bought Mr. Nayak's book and gave Indian cooking another try.