A Taste of India
Indian food is notorious for its bountiful flavors; however, reproducing those flavors can be difficult for the home chef. These cookbooks will provide you with a guide.
- Smita Chandra
Cuisines of India: The Art and Tradition of Regional Indian Cooking
TX724.5.I4 C372 2001x
Cuisines of India explores the regional cooking of India. The author shares personal stories, history, and lore in each of the six chapters. The recipes are enticingly complex and begin with a story about the origin of the dish or ingredients. They are beautiful to behold and an adventure to attempt, but the taste is worth the effort.
- Shehzad Husain
Healthy Indian Cooking
TX724.5.I4 H85 1998
Although Indian cooking by its very nature tends to be healthier than Western tradition, there are some aspects which can prove troubling, namely the use of heavy cheeses and ghee (clarified butter). In Healthy Indian Cooking Husain teaches readers how to create delicious Indian meals and still cut the fat content. This book is incredibly informative with extensive glossaries which explain the spices, legumes, and other ingredients common to Indian food. Nutritional information is provided for each dish. Although the recipes can be cumbersome they are well thought out and flavorful.
- Madhur Jaffrey
q TX724.5.I4 J27 2003x
Madhur Jaffrey is widely considered the Julia Child of Indian Cuisine and Indian Cooking is considered the classic that introduced Indian food to millions of Americans. The recently revised and updated classic is a joy to read. Jaffrey carefully explains ingredients, and methods while lush photography helps illustrate dishes and makes the mouth water. The approach is one of a mentor to a young novice and as such it is probably the easiest to follow book on this list.
- Raji Jallepalli
TX724.5.I4 J33 2000
Restaurant Raji in Memphis, Tennessee features the food of Raji Jallepalli. A self-taught chef who lets her past inform the luxuriant food she creates. Raji had a successful career in microbiology when she visited France and fell in love with the food and wine. Raji knew she could create something special by combining the flavors of India with the lyricism of French culinary tradition. Raji Cuisine brings her style to your table with gorgeous photography and surprisingly easy to follow recipes.
- Ismail Merchant
TX724.5.I4 M48 1994
Part cookbook, part memoir, Passionate Meals is a joyful trek through the landscape of Indian food and culture. The recipes are simple and easy to follow and Merchant heartily encourages his readers to experiment. Each section of book, organized by ingredient and course, begins with a charming introduction to the subject at hand; they familiarize readers with the culture of food in India; how it is eaten and how it is presented. Although the recipes are intended as starting points, this is a great book for those interested in Indian food culture.
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