India: The Cookbook

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India: The Cookbook is the first comprehensive guide to Indian cooking, with over 1,000 recipes covering every aspect of India's rich and colourful culinary heritage. Unlike many other Indian cookbooks, it is written by an Indian culinary academic and cookbook author who lives and works in Delhi, and the recipes are a true reflection of how traditional dishes are really cooked all over India. They have been carefully edited to ensure that they are simple to follow and achievable in western kitchens, with detailed...
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Overview

India: The Cookbook is the first comprehensive guide to Indian cooking, with over 1,000 recipes covering every aspect of India's rich and colourful culinary heritage. Unlike many other Indian cookbooks, it is written by an Indian culinary academic and cookbook author who lives and works in Delhi, and the recipes are a true reflection of how traditional dishes are really cooked all over India. They have been carefully edited to ensure that they are simple to follow and achievable in western kitchens, with detailed information about authentic cooking utensils and ingredients. Indian food has been hugely popular in the UK for many years, and the appetite for Indian food shows no sign of diminishing. Now, for the first time, a definitive, wide-ranging and authoritative book on authentic Indian food is available, making it simple to prepare your favourite Indian dishes at home, alongside less well-known dishes such as bataer masalydaar (marinated quails cooked with almonds, chillies and green cardamom), or sambharachi kodi (Goan prawn curry with coconut and tamarind). The comprehensive chapters on breads, pickles, spice pastes and chutneys contain a wide variety of recipes rarely seen in Indian cookbooks, such as bagarkhani roti (a rich sweet bread with raisins, cardamom and poppy seeds) and tamatar ka achar (tomato and mustard-seed pickle). India: The Cookbook is the only book on Indian food you'll ever need.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With a quarter-century of culinary study and travel under his belt, this professor–cum–Indian food scholar offers up a mammoth work that encompasses every region of the country and provides 1,000 recipes. Fifteen pages of the introduction are given over to the 10 major culinary food locales of India, and it makes for an enlightening read. We learn, for instance, that the cuisine of Kashmir is influenced by central Asia and Tibet, while Bengal is big on sweetmeats and fish curries. Nicely labeled color photos adorn each of the nine food chapters, highlighting various snacks, entrees, breads, and desserts. However, the presentation of the recipes is another matter. Comprehensive to a fault, but with no commentary and all the welcoming charm of an auto parts catalogue, most are presented two to a page with boilerplate listings of origin, cooking time, ingredient list, and basic directions. For fanatics, some dishes require more than two dozen ingredients, such as the chicken pulao made with ghee and full of onions and chilis. Simpler options run the gamut from lamb in milk sauce to fried spicy carrots. A glossary and brief resource directory are much welcomed, and a short chapter of signature dishes from 11 Indian guest chefs from around the world provides a nice coda to the work. (Nov.)
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"India Cookbook, above all, is an inspiration and a testament to the glory of Indian cooking in all its incarnations. It's a call to the kitchen."
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"India Cookbook, above all, is an inspiration and a testament to the glory of Indian cooking in all its incarnations. It's a call to the kitchen."—Saveur
Library Journal
The best cookbooks offer more than page after page of recipes. They take readers on journeys, they instruct, they evoke community, they offer context. A noted academic and cookbook author in India, Pant has assembled an impressive set of approximately 1000 recipes and provides a more satisfying glimpse into occasionally neglected desserts and beverages. The recipes are written clearly and helpfully suggest relative heat level. Pant gives readers an abundance of dish options but, aside from an introductory chapter, never steps in to say, "Here is what I like and why you should try cooking this," or to provide context. VERDICT For all its comprehensiveness and understandability, this cookbook lacks personality.—Peter Hepburn, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714859026
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/2010
  • Pages: 960
  • Sales rank: 199,301
  • Product dimensions: 12.42 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 2.24 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    One of the best Indian cookbooks

    If you are ready to take your cooking knowlwdge to the next level, or next country, this book is for you. It has over 1000 recipies from appetizers, vegetables, meats, breads, desserts, and more. This book is not for the beginner as the recipies are not explained in detail. It requires a cook who has been cooking moderately complicated recipies for five or more years and is comfortable with many spices and has knowledge of substituting flavors. The book is actually not heavy as the pages are printed on some kind of lightweight paper, almost like construction paper. The book is hardcover, but that too is lightweight. it has two built in place-holders (strings) that are different colors. It has an index that allows you to find recipies by name or ingredient (e.g., samosas or potato). An overall excellent book and it is perfect for vegans, vegetarians, and lovers of Indian food.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2011

    If you are addicted to your local Indian restaurant- Check This Out!

    Saw this in my store before Christmas, looked through it, and decided I had to have it. Online its 40% off!! Got it yesterday and it is truly amazing. I have probably 10 smaller Indian cookbooks, but this one is truly comprehensive including both Northern & Southern Indian dishes. My kitchen my smell, but my tummy is full ;-)

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