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#31 Vikram

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Posted 26 July 2004 - 08:08 AM

this might be an impossible question to answer, but is there one indian cook book you would recommend?


I think I'd recommend the 50 Great Curries of India book. I would have said Madhur Jaffrey, since she's really reliable, but this book really approches Indian cooking in a thinking way. Also, apart from the curries, there are recipes for lots of side dishes and its beautifully produced,

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Posted 26 July 2004 - 10:54 AM

from Vikram's list-'rotis and naans' is one i would recommend to anyone interested in making indian breads.it's been around quietly for years and i don't know that there's been a better one yet.the non bread recipes are pretty good too.
i like jasleen dhamija's book too-nice clean feel to all the recipes.i came a cropper with that detox soup though!i like her 'eccentric aunt ' style.

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Posted 26 July 2004 - 10:59 AM

also if you don't have it already Suman,the ruth davidar book is good reading from a nutrition standpoint.

#34 whippy

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Posted 26 July 2004 - 07:38 PM

pre thread: 39
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#35 Modern Day Hermit

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Posted 26 July 2004 - 07:58 PM

14 thus far.
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Posted 29 July 2004 - 11:19 PM

this might be an impossible question to answer, but is there one indian cook book you would recommend?


I think I'd recommend the 50 Great Curries of India book.
Vikram

It seems there are two editions/versions of this book? One is called '50 Great Curries of India', the other is 'Great Curries of India" (no 50). Possibly one is for North America and the other for the UK. Both are 1995 editions and have 192 pages. Does anyone know if these are identical inside?

Amazon.com in the States has the one without the '50'. Also, it seems like a brand new edition (with the 50) is coming out in August. Paperback version. (per amazon.co.jp in Japan, where I live.)
Any cookbook experts know about this? I have heard great reviews about this book, but I want to get the right one.
Thanks.

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Posted 30 July 2004 - 01:04 AM

looks like the same one http://www.cottagein.../indiafood.html

The one serious drawback of this beautiful book is that it was originally published in England; although it has been Americanized, a three-line note on the acknowledgments page indicates that all cup measures refer to a seven-ounce cup-cooks beware!



#38 eEpicurean

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Posted 30 July 2004 - 07:59 AM

Hey,
I do have about 5 cookbooks..
1)3 of TarlaDalal's
2)Relish food the Vegetarian way by Vina Khandwala..the recipes r awesome..
& 3) Suman's Punjabi Dishes.
& My DM recipes too..!!

I was wondering if anyone from Atlanta or Montgomery,Alabama area are willing to share their cookbooks..!! I would love to try out new recipes.

Thanks,
Laks.

#39 Rushina

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Posted 31 July 2004 - 01:58 AM

Late but there… My list….

1.) Historical Dictionary of Indian Food K.T.Achaya.

2.) The Story of our food also by K.T.Achaya.

3.) The Indian Kitchen, Monisha Bharadwaj – One of my favourites…

4.) Prashad Jiggs Kalra – Will I ever cook from this book? I do not know but it’s a good one to serve as a benchmark to measure food against.

5.) A Taste of India - Madhur Jaffrey. I like this book for the its easy recipes. I have an old publication (found it for some Rs. 25 at the local raddiwalla). It even inspired me enough to cook from it.

6.) The Kashmiri cookbook by Sudhir Dhar – An okay book but I have it on authority that the recipes while they might be cooked by some Kashmiris are not the authentic ones.

7.) Flavours of Delhi - Charmaine O'Brien – This one makes for a very nice read. It is also very informative.

8.) The Essential North-East Cookbook by Hoihnu Hauzel. I bought this out of sheer curiosity as to wht cuisine becomes as it travels to this part of the country.

9.) The Gujerati Cookbook – My mother gave me this book when I was getting married. Inside she had inscribed “Rasoda ni Rani Banje”, the exact translation of this is be the queen of your kitchen. The symbolism behind it (this is my personal opinion) stems from the fact that most Gujeratis are food obsessed and the life revolves around the kitchen. They also predominantly live in joint families meaning multiple women in the kitchen.(yes the Saas – bahu thing) The daughter in law that ruled the kitchen ruled the house and was a favourite and would be loved and happy. I think it is a fond wish from a mother to her daughter for a happy life as the daughter sets up her own home and life.

10.) The Essential Andhra Cookbook, Part of the Penguin series – I lived in Hyderabad for two years and enjoyed the local food (Andhra as well as Mughul). This was a happy addition to my bookshelf as I could not replicate some of my favourites. The only thing I have cooked out of it has been the Mirch ka Salan which I have always loved.

11.) The Calcutta Cookbook, Meenakshie Das Gupta, Bunny Gupta, Jaya Chaliha This was the first book I bought when I got interested in the history of Indian food. I was not disappointed. It has also converted me to breaking raw eggs into my egg curries as opposed to boiling them and adding them later.

12.) Curries & Bugles by Jennifer Brennan.

13.) Parsi food and customs - Bhicoo J. Manekshaw.

14.) Anglo-Indian Food and Customs - Patricia Brown.

15.) Recipes of India Timelife - Vikram forgot to tell u when I spoke to u last night, after I read your post on books I went thru mine and discovered that I HAVE THE RECIPE BOOK FOR the Timelife book on India. (what say we do a swap)

16.) The Smasung book of Indian Microwave cooking

17.) Tarla Dalals Indian Vegetarian cooking – The first Indian Cookbook I ever owned…

15.) Not a cookbook but food related --- The Good Food Guide Mumbai – Rashmi Uday Singh. Since I live in Mumbai this was an obvious choice. Covers eating out with contact info reviews on food and just about everything, including catering in sources for ingredients nightlife etc…

17.) Rude Food: Vir Sanghvi. A compilation of Vir Sanghvi's columns on food. Had many guffaw moments with this book. Also garnered many jewels of information like the origin of Chicken Manchurian.

Do books that are not on my shelf count – These are mine, they just have not reached their new home yet (they will post Rakhi). If yes then my total comes to 23. (Total cookbooks number 40.)

The turmeric trail (this was before I saw that its author is amongst us now…)
Ain e akbari – abul fazl
Oxford companion to food
Ultimate Curry Bible
Historical companion to Indian food by Achaya

Rushina

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Posted 31 July 2004 - 02:52 AM

The symbolism behind it (this is my personal opinion) stems from the fact that most Gujeratis are food obsessed and the life revolves around the kitchen. They also predominantly live in joint families meaning multiple women in the kitchen.(yes the Saas – bahu thing) The daughter in law that ruled the kitchen ruled the house and was a favourite and would be loved and happy. I think it is a fond wish from a mother to her daughter for a happy life as the daughter sets up her own home and life.


This reminds me of an anecdote my mother tells about how after she (Malayali, hates cooking and has insisted on having a cook all her life) married my Gujarati father. They were doing the rounds of his relatives and at one aunt's house my mother, at a loss for any other conversation to make, asked the aunt politely, "So do you cook?" My mother says there was pin drop silence, and then my father hastily changed the subject. Afterwards he yelled at her, "You NEVER ask a Gujarati woman if she can cook. What you should say is, 'so what is your speciality?'!"

Rushina are your brothers really going to buy you all those books for Rakhi? You must be one powerful sister!

And I promise to find you a copy of the Time Life India book somewhere on the pavements, and you give the booklet to make a photocopy, OK?

Vikram

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Posted 31 July 2004 - 03:17 PM

And I promise to find you a copy of the Time Life India book somewhere on the pavements, and you give the booklet to make a photocopy, OK?

Vikram

There always seems to be copies of the Time-Life Indian Food book on www.alibris.com.
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Posted 31 July 2004 - 04:55 PM

The turmeric trail (this was before I saw that its author is amongst us now…)



thanks for the purchase Rushina...hope u like it. Are you getting it from here or is it available in India? And its great to meet you too.
Raghavan Iyer, CCP
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2003 James Beard Awards Finalist for Best International Cookbook - The Turmeric Trail: Recipes and Memories from an Indian Childhood (St. Martin’s Press, 2002) -
Betty Crocker’s Indian Home Cooking (Wiley, 2001)

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 07:24 AM

Vikram - not one powerful sister, just have many (MANY) brothers. Actually my birthday comes up right after rakhi. (Rakhis on the 30th and my bday is on the 9 sept.) so its kind of a combined thing.

Raghavan - I am really looking forward to reading it. I read a few rave reviews of it on Amazon, that is what made me go for it... Which parts of India are you visiting on your trip?

Rushina

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 07:52 AM

Raghavan - I am really looking forward to reading it. I read a few rave reviews of it on Amazon, that is what made me go for it... Which parts of India are you visiting on your trip?



Rushina - thanks for the kind words - though there was one that accused me of not representing recipes from all of India (I guess I should have written a book about his/her memories and not mine...hard to please everyone), that my stories were too uplifting (obviously they didn't read some of them, especially my grandmother's preface story) - oh well. I was/am/will always be a Mumbaiite (although lived there when it was always Bombay to me) - the first 21 years of my life, so still have a lot of family there. I will be in the north/northwest parts of India and will stay back for two weeks in Mumbai and go to Goa, Kerala, Bangalore - I am working on a VERY large project and will be there for research. Would love to connect with you when I am there. I have always had a soft spot for my birthcity. Thanks again and take care.
Raghavan Iyer, CCP
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2003 James Beard Awards Finalist for Best International Cookbook - The Turmeric Trail: Recipes and Memories from an Indian Childhood (St. Martin’s Press, 2002) -
Betty Crocker’s Indian Home Cooking (Wiley, 2001)

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 08:38 AM

674 so far.



The third one is The Essential Kodava Cookbook, by C. B. Muthamma and P. Gangamma Bopanna. It's part of the Penguin Books India regional series, recommended by mongo_jones here awhile back. Looks excellent, but I haven't tried to cook out of it yet.



Pat, that's the reason I asked. I thought it said 'kodava' and now I've GOT to add it to my already-too-long wish list. A Coorgi friend in college used to bring this heavenly bamboo shoot pickle from home. Simply superb!


milagai
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Milagai, I'm writing this in the selfish hope that I might get to see your collection.
Go to www.egullet.com, click on 'Image Gullet', upload your images and copy the img tag, then paste it into your post.

My list of cookbooks coming up.

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 09:16 AM

1. The Best-ever Cook's Collection - Indian Shehzad Hussain and Rafi Fernandes
2. 50 Great Curries of India - Camellia Panjabi
3. Dakshin - Chandra Padmanabhan

4. Gulf News Cookery Book Volumes 1 to 6
10. Khaleej Times Cookbooks 4 Volumes
14. The Super Indian Cookbook Vol. I & II

16. Fresh Flavours of India Das Sreedharan
17. Prashad Cooking with Indian Masters Jiggs Kalra
18. The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking - Yamuna Devi
19. Flavours of India - Madhur Jaffrey
20. A Taste of India - MAdhur Jaffrey
21. The Indian Menu Planner
22. A Cook's Tour of South India - Vimla Patil
23. Indian Recipes - Premila Lal

24. Cook and See Vols I, II, III

27. Indian Cuisine Dal Roti - Vimla Patil
28. Taste of Rajasthan - Nita Mehta
29. Taste of Gujarat - Nita Mehta
30. Chatpatatta Khana - Rano Suri
31. The Curry Secret - Kris Dhillon
32. Bengali Cooking Seasons and Festivals - Chitrita Banerjee
33.Tandoori Curry Cookbook - Pat Chapman
34. Cooking the Punjabi Way - Aroona Reejhsinghani
35. Coastal Fiesta - Traditional Mangalorean Delicacies
36. Dakshin Bharat Dishes - Jaya V. Shenoy
37. A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food - K.T. Achaya
38. Home Encyclopaedia - J.B. Lobo
39. More Paneer - Nita Mehta
40. The Snack-time Cookbook - Indra Khosla and Smiti Munwani
41. Delights from Goa - Aroona Reejhsinghani
42. Karnataka Sangha Dubai Cookbook
43.The Sumeet Cookbook
44. Food of Kerala (lent it to a friend, and can't remember the author's name )
45. Party Cooking - Tarla Dalal

These, though not strictly Indian cookbooks, still qualify I think.

46. Chinese Cooking for Indian Homes - Shailaja Abhyankar & Poonam Anand
47. Eastern Vegetarian Cooking - Madhur Jaffrey (lots of lovely recipes, but unfortunately I've only tried Indian ones)


Suman

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 08:07 PM

OOOOOHHHH I want that Mangalorean cookbook... YYYYUUUMMMM
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Posted 01 August 2004 - 11:23 PM

Hi Monica,

I could send you a copy if you like. My parents are coming over mid-August, if they manage to track it down in Dubai (that's where I bought it from), I will have no problem sending it to you. Just don't blame me if your hubby files for divorce.


Suman

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 06:17 PM

Hi Monica,

I could send you a copy if you like. My parents are coming over mid-August, if they manage to track it down in Dubai (that's where I bought it from), I will have no problem sending it to you. Just don't blame me if your hubby files for divorce.


Suman

How could I refuse! Let me know the cost by PM and your address and I will be happy to send you a check! YAY
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Posted 06 August 2004 - 10:38 PM

correction:678 actually. I thought I had 43, but ended up counting 47.

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Posted 07 August 2004 - 07:56 PM

+2


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#52 rajsuman

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Posted 07 August 2004 - 11:56 PM

680

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Posted 10 August 2004 - 06:59 AM

Here is my list of Indian cookbooks- not in any particular order.

1. The Indian Vegetarian by Neelam Batra
2. Chilis to Chutneys - Neelam Batra
3. Curried Flavors - Maya Kaimal MacMillan
4. Savoring the Spice Coast of India - Maya Kaimal
5. Turmeric Trail - Raghavan Iyer
6. Indian Regional classics - Julie Sahni
7. Classic Indian Cooking - Julie Sahni
8. Art of South India Cooking - Alamelu Vairavan & Patricia Marquardt
9. Healthy South Indian Cooking - Alamelu Vairavan & Patricia Marquardt
10 Aharam - Sabita Radhakrishna
11. Samayal - Viji Vardarajan
12.Laxmi's Vegetarian Kitchen - Laxmi Hiremath
13. The Indian Spice Kitchen - Monisha Bharadwaj
14. A taste of Madras - Rani Kingman
15. Amma's Cookbook- ammas.com
16. Dakshin - Chandra Padmanabhan
17. 101 Kerala Delicacies - G. Padma Vijay
18. Modern Kerala Dishes -Mrs.K.M. Mathew
19. Fresh Flavors of India - Das Sreedharan
20. The Cooking of India - Santha Rama Rau
21.The art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking - Yamuna Devi
22 - 24. Cook and See- Traditional South Indian Vegetarian Recipes (three volumes) by S. Meenakshi Ammal
25. Tasty 200 - Kuppammal G. Nayagam
26. Tasty treats from South India - Krishna Kannan
27. Southern Delights- recipes to Remember from Palakkad - Parvathy Akhileswaran
28- The Spice is right - Monica Bhide
29.The Everything Indian Cookbook - Monica Bhide
30. Curries and Bugles - Jennifer Brennan
31The Essential Kerala Cookbook - Vijayan Kannampilly
32. Cuisines of India - Smita Chandra

Cookbooks in Malayalam:
Grihalakshmi- Nalini Sreedharan
Paachaka Kurippukal – Rugmini Veeraraghavan
Nammude Nadan Karikal – Suma Sivadas

Indian Food related books:
The story of our Food – K.T. Achaya
Indian Food – A Historical Companion – K.T.Achaya
A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food – K.T.Achaya
The Hour of the Goddess – Chitrita Banerji
Bengali Cooking- Seasons and Festivals – Chitrita Banerji
Anthropology of Sweetmeats - Anil Kishore Sinha

I also have a collection 120 International cookbooks.

Ammini
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Posted 10 August 2004 - 05:17 PM

I also have a collection 120 International cookbooks.

Ammini

Being a Cabinetmaker by trade I could probably make quite a few bucks building sturdy bookcases for some of the gargantuan cookbook collections described in this thread :laugh:

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Posted 10 August 2004 - 11:44 PM

721! Long time no hear Ammini. jw46, the way my cookbook collection is expanding, looks like I'm going to need another bookshelf.

Suman

Edited by rajsuman, 10 August 2004 - 11:46 PM.


#56 gingerly

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Posted 22 August 2004 - 11:47 PM

er..+2 again :unsure:

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Posted 23 August 2004 - 11:46 PM

723

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Posted 01 September 2004 - 03:04 PM

Bought Monica Bhide's Everything Indian and Suvir Saran's Indian Home Cooking today.
More later, when books get delivered.

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Posted 01 September 2004 - 11:30 PM

Just doing an edit on this post

I could not get my hands on The turmeric trail, Ain e akbari – abul fazl, Oxford companion to food and Historical companion to Indian food by Achaya (though Vikram has promised to help me out with atleast a couple of those....

I did get Ultimate Curry Bible, Vikram also gave me Food in History - R. Tannahill

So my total stands at 19. (Total cookbooks number 36.) Will recount post the birthday...

Rushina

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Posted 02 September 2004 - 10:36 AM

Bought Monica Bhide's Everything Indian and Suvir Saran's Indian Home Cooking today.
More later, when books get delivered.

The books arrived!

And the cover of Indian Home Cooking is even better look then what you see on amazon.com.
The colors are just so fresh and indian and also have good feel and look. Book looks more like table top book for design accent. I know gf will want to decorate side table with the book. I have quickly read through book. Could not stop myself from wanting to see all photographs. One more better than the previous. It beats Methome actually, I hope I do not get Suvir into trouble with editors there. Both very different really. Book is competing at same level as the bigger name chef books, I am sure Suvir pay more money for photograph then he makes from book. It will make big difference. I showed my neighbor the book and he could not believe this was Indian food. So different from restaurant and other book stuff he said. And yes so true.

Monica, thanks for so many recipes. I will give your book to colleague that want to see the books I rave about. I get into trouble with gf if I give away both books. I know she wants to see them too. Methome story has made us very proud. Thanks.

Will cook from books and say more later. You all make us proud.

Suvir, your book will have us hungry, you write well (with Stephanie) and share good stories about your dishes. And your food is like home food we eat as my family traveled all across India and Middle East. Thanks.





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