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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 co ...more
Hardcover, 960 pages
Published September 17th 2010 by Phaidon Press
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Jun 07, 2012 Terri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, cooking
What an awesome book. It is not easy to find if you want it, but your rewards will be endless if you do.
Authentic, traditional Indian, completely unsullied. The way it is supposed to be cooked.
As an added bonus it is also a beautiful cookbook and it now takes pride of place in my collection.
Love this book.
Jesse Henning
Jan 17, 2013 Jesse Henning rated it did not like it
Shelves: cookbooks
This thing is a wreck. Poorly edited with an ingredient list a mile long/requiring Amazon purchases for over half the recipes. Will appeal to traditionalists and people who are really into Indian food. Neophytes steer clear.
Jan 26, 2011 Rustam is currently reading it
Shelves: cooking
Who wouldn't love an Indian cookbook written by a guy named Pushpesh!? Who, I ask you?
Apr 07, 2012 Sheba rated it really liked it
It's been a long time since I've wished to own a book. Pushpesh Pant's "India: the Cookbook" is a hefty tome that I could see thumbing through just about every week for ideas. The overall design features lush photos and perfectly-sized fonts that are a cook's dream. It's also fairly extensive. You can tell that a lot of love and years went into it, as mentioned in Pant's foreward. I particularly liked that Pant noted regions, so that one could serve a meal strictly based on the cuisine of--say-- ...more
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Feb 08, 2016 Rishabh Srivastava rated it it was amazing
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The best cookbook ever on Indian Cuisine, but be prepared for the huge ingredient list for around 35-40% of the recipes, but if you love Indian food probably you can live with that. Also the paper quality is pretty bad and makes it pretty fragile to handle specially while cooking. I prefer snapping a picture of the recipes in parts on my phone and use it as i go forward, in the end all things said probably this'll be the last book that you'll have to buy for Indian recipes.
May 28, 2011 Dpdwyer rated it it was amazing
My wife is a great cook and loves to cook, so I cook very little. But I love Indian food and am willing to do the extra work to cook it. I've worked with several Indian cookbooks and this is the best ever: 1000 recipes from all parts of India, and once you collect the basic spices, oils, and dals, you're in business. In days past cooking Indian food used to take all day. These recipes, or at least the ones I've tried, are quite fast. And there are recipes for every ingredient (except broccoli, w ...more
Apr 27, 2016 Lavanya rated it it was amazing
If you have this, you don't need any other.
Jan 31, 2012 Azem rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookery
You'll never have the dilemma of not knowing what to cook anymore as this huge cookbook (1000 recipes) covers almost any ingredient imaginable. I should add that this is not really a book for the beginner. The recipes are not complex, but they're not detailed either. This means you do need to know what you are doing. A word of warning: do look at how many people the recipes serve as it varies from 2 people to 6-8 people. You might have to adapt the quantities if your not cooking for as many or a ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Don't let the size of this book intimidate you: it is a true comprehensive look at Indian cuisine. From curries to naans to lassis to spice blends, there is something for everyone who ever wanted to learn anything about Indian cuisine in this book. Some ingredients may be difficult to find and some cooking techniques may be overwhelming to novice chefs, but other recipes are extremely accessible and simple to prepare. Photography is limited, but extremely illustrative.

-- Meagan
Oct 25, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing
Phaidon is a fantastic publisher and I was so excited to get my hands on this cookbok. This book is comprehensive - an incredible amount of recipes from all over India, supported with short but pertinent stories. I especially liked the full menu suggestions that the book finished up with. Like another reviewer said, there aren't as many photographs as some other cookbooks, but it doesn't take away from the product.
Dec 21, 2013 Manintheboat rated it really liked it
While lovely, the paper is of poor quality and won't stand up to use.

I'd use 660 Curries first.
Sep 27, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: foodie
I really really want to own this book. There are quiet a few recipes I want to try.
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