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660 Curries

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #2 in Indian


Pros: Beautifully descript, tons of recipes, snippets of cultural background

Cons: 660 recipes have to start to overlap at some point and they do

I most likely never would have come across this book, but my brother knowing that I enjoyed Indian food one Christmas decided to give me this as a gift. It was one of the best gifts I have ever been given. It changed my life in a way that has been ever present, not just in food but in culture. In the way I think about the world.


I had no idea the depth of which India and the cultures that exist there are involved in food. The book adequately addresses vegetarian meals but moves into the Muslim existence with goat and beef dishes, some of which I have cooked and was then told I should open a restaurant. Who uses malt vinegar in beef stew? Well this book covers dishes like that and more.


Appetizers are not left alone. Condiments that are so popular in Indian cuisine are also covered. There are quite a few colorful photos, although that is not what this book is about by any stretch.


If you enjoy Indian or Arabic foods, you can not go wrong with this one. The price is extremely reasonable for the amount of information the book packs in.

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660 Curries

Curry is Salmon with Garlic and Turmeric. Curry is Grilled Chicken with Cashew-Tomato Sauce. Curry is Asparagus with Tomato and Crumbled Paneer. Curry is Lamb with Yellow Split Peas, Chunky Potatoes with Spinach, Tamarind Shrimp with Coconut Milk, Baby Back Ribs with a Sweet-Sour Glaze and Vinegar Sauce, Basmati Rice with Fragrant Curry Leaves. Curry is vivid flavors, seasonal ingredients, a kaleidoscope of spices and unexpected combinations. And 660 Curries is the gateway to the world of Indian cooking, demystifying one of the world's great cuisines. Presented by the IACP award–winning Cooking Teacher of the Year (2004), Raghavan Iyer, 660 Curries is a joyous food-lover's extravaganza. Mr. Iyer first grounds us in the building blocks of Indian flavors—the interplay of sour (like tomatoes or yogurt), salty, sweet, pungent (peppercorns, chiles), bitter, and the quality of unami (seeds, coconuts, and the like). Then, from this basic palette, he unveils an infinite art. There are appetizers—Spinach Fritters, Lentil Dumplings in a Buttermilk Coconut Sauce—and main courses—Chicken with Lemongrass and Kaffir-Lime Leaves, Lamb Loin Chops with an Apricot Sauce. Cheese dishes—Pan-Fried Cheese with Cauliflower and Cilantro; bean dishes—Lentil Stew with Cumin and Cayenne. And hundreds of vegetable dishes—Sweet Corn with Cumin and Chiles, Chunky Potatoes with Golden Raisins, Baby Eggplant Stuffed with Cashew Nuts and Spices. There are traditional, regional curries from around the subcontinent and contemporary curries. Plus all the extras: biryanis, breads, rice dishes, raitas, spice pastes and blends, and rubs. curry, n.—any dish that consists of either meat, fish, poultry, legumes, vegetables, or fruits, simmered in or covered with a sauce, gravy, or other liquid that is redolent with any number of freshly ground and very fragrant spices and/or herbs.

AuthorRaghavan Iyer
Dewey Decimal Number641.5954
LabelWorkman Publishing Company
List Price$32.50
ManufacturerWorkman Publishing Company
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages816
Product GroupBook
Product Type NameABIS_BOOK
Publication Date2008-05-01
PublisherWorkman Publishing Company
StudioWorkman Publishing Company
Title660 Curries
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC