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Rick Stein's India

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Whenever I hear the word curry, I’m filled with a longing for spicy hot food with the fragrance of cumin, cloves and cinnamon. I see deep red colours from lots of Kashmiri chillis, tinged with a suggestion of yellow from turmeric. I think of the tandoor oven, and slightly scorched naan shining with ghee and garlic.When Indians talk of their food, they talk about their life ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 6th 2013 by BBC Books
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookery
I saw the BBC series that launched this book. I loved the colourful photography and production of the films, even though I find Mr Stein to be a bit of a pompous, arrogant prat. This, however, is not unusual in TV chefs of a certain age, and I know from my participation on cooking forums that he appeals to a certain sector of the viewing public. However, despite my dislike of his TV persona (it's obvious in a couple of episodes that he is about to explode at his longsuffering team, and treasures ...more
Elizabeth Solomon
Apr 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-thanks
This physically sickens me. With quotes like "the most interesting thing about India is curry, first, second and last" and "all the poor people in Kolkata looked really happy" (surely, a universally held opinion), Rick Stein's show is riddled with inaccuracies about Indian cooking and reeks of British condescension, rather than of Indian spices. Dear self-appointed guru, the world doesn't need to see you feigning your alleged expertise, with obligatory shots of elephants taken from a luxury hous ...more
Justin Walshaw
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Motivated by his successful crusade into France, our hero, Mr Stein, seeks to demolish the entire fish population of India in one fell swoop in a somewhat mad and bloody campaign of terror, whilst wearing a decidedly unbuttoned shirt.
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have a few cookbooks but this is my favourite. Why? Because I enjoy cooking with spices and now have a nice collection in the pantry so I can make most meals here with ease. Secondly, I actually 'make' some of the dishes in this book - it's not just for looking at - and each dish has been fabulous. And thirdly, there are plenty of vegetarian recipes included. Finally, it is a beautiful hard cover book, with interesting anecdotes and beautiful photos, including full colour pictures of many of t ...more
Moody Kitty
This book is part of the TV series in which I enjoy Rick's enthusiasm and eloquence. But as a citizen of a former colony and developing country, I find his romanticization of the British colonial period and the surrounding poverty quite insensitive and obnoxious. :(
Nonetheless, we appreciate the authenticity and diversity of Indian cuisine as depicted in the series and the book, my teddy and I have cooked more than a dozen recipes from it. Although our style is not to follow rules especially rec
Kane Dodgson
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking, india-world
some fab sweets in this one
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent cookbook
Suzy Dominey
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love a cookbook with a story attached to each recipe. Can't wait to cook nearly all these recipes
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
very easy to follow recipes
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is really quite a good book on Indian food, the dishes I've made so far have been tasty, layered and fun to prepare. I'm also told it's unusually authentic (though I'm no authority...). The book includes familiar recipes like aloo gobi's, sag paneers, a vindaloo, a chicken korma, as well as regional dishes like Bengali mustard fish and several Keralan dishes. The book includes recipes for a garam masala, a chat masala, as well as one for naan and even home made chai tea. It features a mini ...more
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rick stein is no ordinary chef, he looks at food and recipes from cultural and historical perspective, which is always so enthralling to watch. His programs have certainly inculcated in me a respect for traditional recipes and curiosity to try new. This book and the whole series was a revelation, as I found out how little did I know about Indian food, being an Indian myself. Some very good recipes, take you back to olden days, when you used whole spices instead of ready made paste and curries. T ...more
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
I love this book.

So far, I have made a number of the vegetarian recipes which have been delicious although there is a huge range of fish, meat and chicken dishes to try too. I am looking forward to trying sweet recipes as well.

There is a useful section at the back of the book which explains some of the ingredients, where to find them or what to use as a substitute.

Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't know how authentic the recipes are but it is a great book. Full of enthusiasm for Indian food, great recipes that are attainable, most ingredients are readily available. I loved just reading about Rick touring around India and discovering the food.
Sarah Mayor Cox
I really enjoyed this book, as much for Rick Stein's stories and culinary information as the recipes themselves. It's designed as a companion to his TV series of the same name. A great pressie for those who love to cook & want to learn more about the culture of India.
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this book it has become such a "go to" recipe book fantastic recipes that are easy enough to follow and create a great result.
Great to impress family & friends with great dishes!! If you try one dish from this book that has become our family favourite try the Shepherds Pie!!
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My favourite Indian cookery book. Simple recipes, favourites including seasonal vegetable curry, vegetable makhanawala, chicken passanda and British beef Raj curry. Delicious!
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: setting, story
This an excellent partner to the television series. With so many amazing recipes it is hard to know which one to try first.
Jayanth Akali
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing pics of mother land and complex recipes made easy for a complete novice like me!
Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was bright and fresh, I loved the colours in It and would try some of the recipes. Maybe not all though haha
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Christopher Richard "Rick" Stein OBE (born 4 January 1947) is an English chef, restaurateur and television presenter. He is currently the head chef and co-owner of "Rick Stein at Bannisters" at Mollymook, New South Wales, Australia,[1] owns four restaurants in Padstow, a fish and chip shop in Falmouth, Cornwall and has written or presented a number cookery books and television programmes.