On the Curry Trail

Chasing the Flavor That Seduced the World.

On the curry trailThis book is a delicious education.  On the Curry Trail: Chasing the Flavor That Seduced the World is a recipe book but also something of a culinary travelogue. It traces the history of what we call curry from its origins to its contemporary personas.

The author, Raghavan Iyer, takes the reader from Australia and across Asia, through Africa and around Europe, and the Americas. It’s a voyage to discover iconic curries of each region. There are defining spice recipes from these continents, but the book offers the history of these dishes too, along with stories and personal recollections. It’s a warm and human book.

On the Curry Trail offers 50 international and multicultural recipes, and that distinguishes this volume from other curry cookbooks. Each region has adapted existing recipes and created new dishes to make the curry tapestry even more colourful and tempting by adding local ingredients. These curries are accessible to home cooks, who will enjoy the book as comforting bedtime reading before a page is even turned in the kitchen, where it will remain as an oft-used cookbook with sauce-smeared pages.

I have a host of pick-of-the-book recipes from On the Curry Trail. Coronation Curried Chicken is a classic in the UK. Danish Pork Meatballs in Curry Sauce is a simple and moreish plate. Red Lentils with Ginger is a meal in itself when served with traditional Ethiopian bread and rice. There are recipes for Thai red, green and yellow curry pastes. Curried Fried Rice is delicious and economic and a dish to feed all the family in these tough times.

On the Curry Trail: Chasing the Flavor That Seduced the World presents recipes from across the globe, and all of them are laced with rich spice, hot spice or mellow spice. It’s a book to use – and these dishes won’t break the bank.

On the Curry Trail: Chasing the Flavor That Seduced the World
Author: Raghavan Iyer
Published by: Workman Publishing
Price £25.00
ISBN-13: 978-1523511211