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Tasting India

by Christine Manfield

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As it appears with a number of cookbooks today, this is part travelogue and part cookbook, a journey in words and pictures across India along with regional recipes. Author Christine Manfield, a renowned Australian chef describes her journeys and the beauties of the sites but with a leaning towards the culinary experiences.

But is the recipes which provide the real interest, and there are plenty of them. The range is vast and includes meat, poultry and fish dishes along with many vegetable dishes and includes some bean and lentil dishes, and some desserts. The recipes have the air of authenticity, and while they might include massala (curry powder, a recipe for which is included in the section Ingredients and Equipment), they invariably require their on list of specific spices. The recipes are well presented with clear instructions an include a few introductory or explanatory comments. Sometimes the recipes are illustrated - and most appetising they look too. There are many interesting recipes here, they come from various source from roadside food sellers to smart restaurants, and while some are quite easy and straight forward there are also the more complex dishes requiring time to prepare. Some the ingredients may not be easily available beyond India's boundaries, but usually the recipe provides suggestions for alternatives.

The book includes a useful section, already mentioned, on Ingredients and Equipment. There is a Directory useful for anyone contemplating a visit to India. Also included is a Bibliography and a comprehensive Index.

This is a lavish production, a very large, heavy and sumptuous book and includes a page marker. There are numerous very colourful photographs of both India and its people along with occasional pictures showing varius foods, often whole sequences of pages devoted entirely to colour photographs completely filling the pages. The interesting result of combined printing and texture on the book's hard-cover gives a silk-like effect, but perhaps not the most practical for use in the kitchen, and it will occupy a relatively large amount of space on the kitchen worktop. But the real problem with the book is deciding which recipes to try, there are so many that tempt!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 184091601X, Hardcover)

Tasting India is a seminal text on Indian cookery and culture. Organised regionally, each chapter holds detailed secret pleasures and food rituals that entice the taste buds. Featuring over 250 recipes for traditional and contemporary home-style Indian dishes, and with everything from Bengali garam masala and dal-stuffed pastries to cabbage salad and spiced goat curry, you'll be spoilt for choice. India is a visual feast and a gastronomic paradise that seduces with its food and contagious hospitality and this book does exactly the same. Sumptuous background imagery brings the page to life and sets the context for the food, immersing the reader in a colourful and aromatic South Asian climate. There's also an exhaustive spice and ingredient and equipment dictionary to help locate and understand the rich blend of flavours that are involved in Indian cookery. The collection of recipes reflect the stories of countless mothers, grandmothers, daughters and sons, making Tasting India a purposeful and enjoyable read.

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Journey through India with Christine Manfield, tracing the food, spices and culture of this amazing country. Cook your way through more than 250 recipes for traditional and contemporary Indian dishes and plan your travels using the extensive directory of recommended places to stay, eat and shop.… (more)

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