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.