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Cobra Good Curry Guide 2013

Curry is said to be our favourite food in Britain. Popular indeed, but quality of restaurants can be patchy. We hear from friends that a particular chef is a star, that the local tandoori has chops for which to die, and the recently closed estate agent (it's the economic climate) now sells Biryani. But a good bespoke curry guide would be worth its weight in gold vark.

book review Cobra Good Curry Guide 2013 Pat Chapman has penned more than thirty books on Indian food and is one of the most respected supporters of the Indian restaurant industry, as well as being a passionate educator. His cookbooks are considered classics, but his annual Good Curry Guide will be sought by those who prefer to have someone else do the shopping and the chopping.

Cobra Good Curry Guide is without rival. It’s comprehensive with many full reviews as well as listings of those which are considered ‘OK’. Pat takes pride in the fact that his guide has morals. The restaurants included are there by popular public demand and not because the judges have been garlanded with folding moola – in fact, for the most part, the judges are the diners. No exotic trips have been promised and no assessor’s children have been sent to university on the strength of ‘putting a good word in’. Pat rightly notes that would discredit the guide.

The guide covers every genre of Indian restaurant from the polished Michelin-spangled likes of Atul Kochhar’s Benares to the traditional high-street curry house. We are encouraged to enjoy both styles of cuisine (and everything in between) as restaurants are not compared and each one stands on its own individual merits. 2013 finds this tempting tome in its 30th year. Pat will have seen changes in our expectations of Indian food over those three decades. We can find, if we are lucky, a good meal in a Bangladeshi ‘curry house’ and those dishes have become a hybrid cuisine, and it’s comfort food and familiar. These days many diners also want the chance to taste truly authentic Indian dishes and we can find more and more restaurants providing those.

India has introduced the world to its classic cuisine and it is now taking its place alongside the much-vaunted French and Chinese. Cobra Good Curry Guide enables us all to find the best and the most exciting of Britain’s thousands of Indian restaurants, and for only £14.95 it should be on the wish-list of any good food lover.

Cobra Good Curry Guide
Author: Pat Chapman
Price: £14.95
ISBN 978-0-9537735-3-4

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