From the Publisher
"This book is a warm, personal invitation to make fabulous food at home, all inspired by American and Indian favorites. How could anyone say no to vegetables so gorgeous and so easy to make. Nothing could be healthier. These dishes promise no fuss or drama and I love the descriptions that come with them. I'm convinced.
I can't wait to try them all."
- Marion Nestle, NYU Professor and author of Food Politics and What to Eat
"I actually hear the voice of Suvir Saran on every page, especially in the intimate recipe footnotes as he reimagines everyday favorite dishes of the American melting pot in his own kitchen, intensifying flavors with the fragrant spices of India. Buy this book for the secret of his rich-as Croesus macaroni and cheese, the crispy okra salad and, yes, the irresistible skillet cornbread borrowed from an America grandma. "
- Gael Greene , New York Magazine Critic and author of Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess
"Suvir Saran's American Masala is an exciting addition to American cooking. These recipes are simple without being simplistic and bring the vibrant traditions of Indian seasoning and spice to the increasingly diverse American repertoire. Perhaps most important, this book is filled with Saran's huge and generous spirit."
- Michael Ruhlman, Author, The Soul of a Chef
"I have cooked Suvir's recipes probably fifty times, never without delightful, fresh, inspiring results. When it comes to contemporary and traditional food, I trust him implicitly. American Masala is a gem."
- Mark Bittman, Author, How to Cook Everything and The Best Recipes in the World
"Suvir Saran's American Masala is an exhilarating culinary journey. From Cardamom Roasted Cauliflower to sumptuous Crab and Salmon Cakes with a Spicy Cilantro Aioli, Suvir’s love affair with amazing flavors is evident in every recipe. My own personal favorites will always be his Spiced Pear and Better-than-Ketchup Tomato Chutneys, but I adore his pickles, too!"
- Sheila Lukins, Co-author, the Silver Palate Cookbook
Although the recipes in Saran's aptly titled second cookbook share no unifying principle apart from their deliciousness-whoever heard of Macaroni and Cheese keeping company with Mushroom and Rice Biryani Casserole?-they complement one another in a mysterious way. Such eclecticism reflects how Saran, chef and co-owner of Dévi in New York City, cooks for his family and enormous circle of Tupperware-toting friends. Unlike many other chefs' signature dishes, which originate in a restaurant kitchen, Saran's most inspired creations begin at home. When this cooking-without-borders approach succeeds, as it mostly does, the results taste like wild siblings of the original: bolder, stronger, deeper. Seasonings for a delicious variation on harira, a traditional Moroccan soup, include Aleppo pepper and garam masala; a buttermilk brine for fried chicken is flavored with ginger, coriander and cayenne. Indian dishes like Mashed Potatoes with Mustard Oil, Cilantro and Onions and Bombay-Style Whole Snapper, in which the fish is rubbed with a spice paste before roasting, particularly stand out for their elegance and ease of preparation. 60 color photos not seen by PW. (Oct.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Saran's first book, Indian Home Cooking, featured his take on everyday regional Indian cooking. Now he presents the recipes he most likes to cook at home, favorite American dishes spiced with Indian flavors: Indian Coleslaw with jalapeño, cumin, and coriander, for example, or Fried Chicken Masala. Masala means spice, Saran explains-"not just the spice that one adds to food but also the spice of life"-and American Masala is the name of a chain of new restaurants he plans to open soon. (Dévi, his acclaimed Manhattan restaurant, closed briefly this fall but has since reopened.) A good companion to Floyd Cardoz's excellent One Spice, Two Spice: American Food, Indian Flavors, Saran's latest is recommended for most collections.