Ismail Merchant's Passionate Meals: The New Indian Cuisine for Fearless Cooks and Adventurous Eaters

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Featuring over two hundred Indian-inspired recipes adapted for Western cooks, Ismail Merchant's Passionate Meals takes readers on an unforgettable culinary journey. From refreshing and delicious appetizers like Cucumber Raita and spicy vegetable fritters to meat, poultry, and seafood entrees that show the author at his most creative, these tempting recipes also lend exciting new dimensions to American staples like veal, turkey, and even ...
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Featuring over two hundred Indian-inspired recipes adapted for Western cooks, Ismail Merchant's Passionate Meals takes readers on an unforgettable culinary journey. From refreshing and delicious appetizers like Cucumber Raita and spicy vegetable fritters to meat, poultry, and seafood entrees that show the author at his most creative, these tempting recipes also lend exciting new dimensions to American staples like veal, turkey, and even hamburgers.

Including an irresistible selection of breads, pickles, chutneys, and sweets which, in accordance with Indian tradition, the author shares as a gesture of good will and friendship, Ismail Merchant's Passionate Meals is ideal for casual cooking as well as large-scale entertaining. Structured like the courses of a great meal, this inventive cookbook celebrates the art of Indian cuisine in all its uniqueness and delicacy of flavor. Written in Merchant's witty and distinctive voice, and liberally spiced with personal anecdotes and reflections on Indian customs, it is an exotic feast for the senses certain to whet the appetites of chefs and diners alike.

Ismail Merchant is a passionate and inventive cook. (The New York Times)

Merchant's passion is to prepare memorable Indian dishes with all the richness of the culture itself. (The Milwaukee Journal

Author Bio: Ismail Merchant is one half of the acclaimed film production team Merchant/Ivory. Together with James Ivory, he has produced the award-winning movies A Room with a View, Howards End, The Remains of the Day, and the forthcoming Golden Bowl. Born in India, Merchant is an avid lifelong cook.

His partnership with director James Ivory has yielded a succession of acclaimed and award-winning films, including A Room with a View, Howard's End and The Remains of the Day. But Merchant's talents extend into the culinary world as well, as evidenced by this exquisite collection of over 100 recipes from his native India.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Merchant, best known for the films he makes with partner James Ivory, presents more than 200 innovative Indian recipes, many considerably less labor-intensive than traditional Indian fare. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Merchant is not only a talented film producer with director James Ivory but a talented-and passionate-cook. His previous book, Ismail Merchant's Indian Cuisine LJ 8/86, is still highly regarded, and now he has gathered more of his favorite recipes, innovative and mostly quick Indian dishes for friends and family. Some of the names may sound familiar, but Merchant, a natural in the kitchen, likes to improvise, and so these really are personal recipes, accompanied by a personable and inviting text. A number of Indian cookbooks have appeared in recent months; this one is particularly recommended.
Barbara Jacobs
In his second culinary collection, award-winning film producer Merchant "A Room with a View", "Howards End", et al. offers a true medley of cuisines, flavored with some distinctly Indian tastes. Although all Merchant's recipes are named in his native tongue, it's hard to believe that ginger-broccoli soup, tarragon-walnut salad, and cacciatore chicken, among others, have much in common with the land of dals and curries. His contribution to cooking lore and bookshelves apart from his professional stature is simplicity; few of his more than 200 recipes are longer than one page, and with some of the more exotic ingredients stocked in the pantry, most are fairly easy to follow. His enthusiasm for cooking is contagious.
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Ismail Merchant's Passionate Meals is a compendium of more than two hundred Indian-inspired recipes adapted for the Western kitchen. From Bambai Bhajya (Bombay Vegetable Fritters), Besan Walla Chana (Black Chick-Peas with Gram Flower Sauce), and Murgh Masala (Spicy Chicken Curry), to Bhuna Gosht (Pan-Roasted Lamb), Machli Dam Masala (Cod in Tomato and Basil Sauce), and Nimbu ka Achar (Sour Lemon Pickle), Ismail Merchant's Passionate Meals offers a mouth-watering, appetite satisfying spectrum of dishes to enhance any meal. Highly recommended for enthusiasts of ethnic and regional cuisines, Ismail Merchant's Passionate Meals treats the reader to Merchant's engaging personal anecdotes and reflections on Indian customs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786860159
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/15/1994
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2001

    Delicious food yet uncomplicated style of cooking

    If Ismail Merchant writes another book, I will definitely buy it. I have a passion for good food and consider myself a good cook. I have tried more than half the recipies in the book and got very good results. What I liked most about this book is the ease of use of ingredients. I'm very impressed by how he shortened the list of ingredients and simplified the method of cooking for most recipies which helps both, people with less time on their hand and also people who are new to Indian Cuisine.

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