Archive For The “Cookbooks” Category

Vivek Singh’s Festivals

Vivek Singh’s Festivals

Vivek Singh’s Indian Festival Feasts is a vibrant cookbook from one of my favourite Indian chefs, who heads the celebrated and polished Cinnamon Group of restaurants in London and now beyond. Here Vivek presents recipes for celebrations. It is said that in India there is a festival every day of the year. Vivek Singh brings…

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The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant

The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant

The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant is a must-have tome from one of the most respected Indian food writers. It’s bound to spend more time in the kitchen than on the bookshelf. Vegetables are the essential element of Indian cuisine, so there is a tradition of making the very best of the seasons’ crops…

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Fresh Spice by Arul Kapil – review

Fresh Spice by Arul Kapil – review

We in northern Europe have had a long and delicious relationship with spice. We tend to think it’s just been this modern era of the local curry house that has developed our taste for food with spice and colour. But consider those old recipes that predate the high-street Taj Mahal, those that go back further…

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Spices and Seasons by Rinku Bhattacharya – review

Spices and Seasons by Rinku Bhattacharya – review

Indian is perhaps my favourite cuisine. To be honest though, saying that one is going out for an ‘Indian’ tonight is as ridiculous as saying one is going out for a ‘European’ tonight. Think about the size of that country and you will realise that there must be many cuisines with their own characteristics and…

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The Dal Cookbook by Krishna Dutta – review

The Dal Cookbook by Krishna Dutta – review

We have always had those little red lentils on supermarket shelves. They seemed to be the only ones available when I was growing up. Mum would put them in a beef stew with half a cardboard tub of yellow ‘curry powder’ and call it ‘Indian’. We would eat that with mashed potatoes, as rice was…

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The Cinnamon Club Seafood Cookbook by Vivek Singh – review

The Cinnamon Club Seafood Cookbook by Vivek Singh – review

Britain is an island. So it goes without saying that we are surrounded by water and have had a close relationship with the sea. Surprising, therefore, that are still so many of us who are not fish eaters. Home cooks have not had a good reputation for preparing tasty fish, and we so often resort…

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Secrets of Indian Gastronomy by Manjit Gill – review

Secrets of Indian Gastronomy by Manjit Gill – review

One might suppose that Secrets of Indian Gastronomy is a cookbook. Yes, it is. One will assume it is packed with delicious and authentic recipes. Well, it is. One might be drawn to the conclusion that those secrets will be bizarre cooking techniques or the necessity to poach a particular exotic vegetable on a moonlit…

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Tasting India by Christine Manfield – review

Tasting India by Christine Manfield – review

I enjoy almost every book that crosses my desk (now a uni-leg computer stand from a Swedish lifestyle emporium). Some are simple but informative volumes, others are attractive and what I would describe as gift quality. Tasting India is in the second category but has raised the bar on that little phrase. It truly is…

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Regional Cooking of India by Mridula Baljekar – review

Regional Cooking of India by Mridula Baljekar – review

There are myriad Indian cookbooks available to the European reader. Most of them are good, some of them are magnificent but all of them have something to offer. The problem is that so many of them present much the same thing. Curry-house favourites, standard restaurant items and homemade versions of your regular takeaway. Regional Cooking…

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Aah! Chocolate by Sanjeev Kapoor – review

Aah! Chocolate by Sanjeev Kapoor – review

Sanjeev Kapoor is perhaps the most recognised face in India. He isn’t a Bollywood star although he probably has just as many supporters. No, he is a chef with impeccable culinary credentials and his own food TV network called Food Food. But this book appeals to lovers of chocolate across the globe. Aah! Chocolate has…

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50 Great Curries of India by Camellia Panjabi – review

50 Great Curries of India by Camellia Panjabi – review

Yes, India is a big country with many regions, each with its own culinary classics, so I guess the author, Camellia Panjabi, has had her work cut out to choose just 50 of them.  for 50 Great Curries of India. The ones she has selected, however, represent the best, the most celebrated, and those which…

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The Food and Cooking of India by Mridula Baljekar – review

The Food and Cooking of India by Mridula Baljekar – review

It’s quite honestly a stunner. The Food and Cooking of India by Mridula Baljekar is an engaging almanac of Indian cooking with elements of travelogue. Even those who have yet to discover the inside of a kitchen will be tempted to invest in a spice box, or at least a plane ticket to the subcontinent….

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Master of the Art of Indian Cooking – interview of Sanjeev Kapoor

Master of the Art of Indian Cooking – interview of Sanjeev Kapoor

Talking on the radio a few months ago, I was musing on books I would take to a desert island. Those who know this city ‘girl’ will understand that the prospect of an isolated space would induce sweaty palms. Red buses and black taxis are my comfort zone. My choice of essential reading matter was…

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The Ultimate Nepalese Cook Book by Pemba Lama – review

The Ultimate Nepalese Cook Book by Pemba Lama – review

“Bravest of the brave, most generous of generous, never had a country more faithful friends than you.” – Sir Ralph Turner, quoted on the Gurkha Memorial in London. I am pleased that The Ultimate Nepalese Cook Book is a creditable and attractive volume. I always endeavour to give honest and positive reviews and I very…

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Complete Indian Cooking by Mridula Baljekar – review

Complete Indian Cooking by Mridula Baljekar – review

No complaints from this cookbook reviewer. This is just the kind of book that I seek out and enjoy. Practical, that’s the word. Colourful and informative and presenting easy-to-follow recipes. Southwater (an imprint of Anness Publishing) offers the style of books that will be used and enjoyed and that should surely be the very reason…

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My Indian Kitchen by Hari Nayak – review

My Indian Kitchen by Hari Nayak – review

Even the title holds out great hope for the oft-confused home cook – My Indian Kitchen. We are looking for books written with us in mind. A book that takes note of the fact that we are unlikely, in the West, to have “staff”, a tandoor and a man that pops by on a Wednesday…

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Reza’s Indian Spice – restaurant review

Reza’s Indian Spice – restaurant review

There are a few chefs in Britain who are icons of the industry and recognised by just their first name. There is the forceful “Gordon”, the ever popular “Jamie”, the solid and respected “Cyrus”, and then there is “Reza”. Reza Mahammad has been one of the cornerstones of Indian food media in all its forms…

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The Yellow Chilli Cookbook by Sanjeev Kapoor – review

The Yellow Chilli Cookbook by Sanjeev Kapoor – review

It’s a cookbook by the celebrated Indian TV chef Sanjeev Kapoor, so it’s bound to be full of delicious innovation and temptation. But my dear reader will be thinking the master has overstepped the mark with this one: The Yellow Chilli Cookbook? How many recipes contain yellow chilli? Perhaps a timely word of culinary explanation…

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Kebabs and Tikkis by Tarla Dalal – review

Kebabs and Tikkis by Tarla Dalal – review

I can understand why Tarla Dalal is such a very popular writer in India. She sells more books than any other author of any genre. Her recipes are loved for their ease of preparation, they are trusted because they work and adored because they present some of the most delicious food that will ever emanate…

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Café Spice Namasté: Cookbook by Cyrus Todiwala – review

Café Spice Namasté: Cookbook by Cyrus Todiwala – review

There is an Indian restaurant just a stone’s throw from Tower Bridge. A red brick building, imposing steps to self-important doors, stained glass, high ceilings and striking decor. That’s Café Spice Namasté – an emporium of fine Indian food with a menu that reflects the chef’s Parsee roots. Chef Cyrus Todiwala has talent, a celebrated…

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