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Madhur Jaffrey- recommendations?

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So, if I were to get only one cookbook by Madhur Jaffrey, which would I get?

Sincerely,

Dante

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Why just one? :blink:

It really depends on what type of cuisine interests you (or the person you're buying a gift for): Indian food, vegetarian food, Asian food? And do you prefer recipes with a lot of travelogue and personal anecdotes, or more straightforward?


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It gets confusing because her publishers have tended to adjust the title when re-publishing.

And her works have been re-published rather a lot!

Assuming that we are talking strictly Indian here, because that is her native specialism AND what she first became known for...

I think the original (BBC) "Indian Cookery" - which I believe has been recently republished as Mahdur Jaffrey's Curries - has a whole lot more than curries and was what rightly established her reputation. Start there, I'd suggest.

Alternatively, A Taste of India is divided into regional sections, and should enable you to achieve the appropriate look of disdain whenever anyone tries to generalise about 'Indian' cuisine - which Indian cuisine, pray tell?


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I think the original (BBC) "Indian Cookery" - which I believe has been recently republished as Mahdur Jaffrey's Curries -

Are you sure? Because she also has a "Curry Bible" featuring recipes for "curry" from all over the world.

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I think the original (BBC) "Indian Cookery" - which I believe has been recently republished as Mahdur Jaffrey's Curries -

Are you sure? Because she also has a "Curry Bible" featuring recipes for "curry" from all over the world.

I have Indian Cookery and the Curry bible and they are very different books.


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I think the original (BBC) "Indian Cookery" - which I believe has been recently republished as Mahdur Jaffrey's Curries -

Are you sure? Because she also has a "Curry Bible" featuring recipes for "curry" from all over the world.

Have checked and now certain.

1982 "Indian Cookery"

1994 "Illustrated Indian Cookery"

2008 "Curries" - published by BBC Books/Ebury (Random House) ISBN 978 1 846 07549 http://www.theasiancookshop.co.uk/madhur-j...book-3780-p.asp

Which according to the flyleaf has the same recipe collection as the earlier pair.

At least three different titles in the UK alone.

BTW, don't get the idea that the 1982 original lacked photo illustrations. It didn't - its just that the writing was the main thing.

And there was also a 2002 republishing of "Illustrated" - with different illustrations - and dropping the word "Illustrated" from the title... http://www.eburypublishing.co.uk/viewbook....txt=&searchopt= -- which seems to be the 'Indian Cooking' available from Amazon US in a 2003 US edition which (despite the identical cover illustration) doubtless differs from the UK 2002 original in more ways than the subtle change of title!

It seems to be that the 2002 edition is what has been re-launched in 2008 as "Curries" (with the different ISBN). The photographs in Curries are ©2002 and ©1994

To repeat "Curries" is a wretched title for a book that goes far deeper than that preconception!

Anyway, whichever version, this is the book that originally established her.

And these titles have nothing to do with "The Curry Bible" -- or her "The Ultimate Curry Bible".

There's yet another title called "Curries and Kebabs" though ...

I did START by saying that it was confusing, didn't I? :cool:


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I think the original (BBC) "Indian Cookery" - which I believe has been recently republished as Mahdur Jaffrey's Curries -

Are you sure? Because she also has a "Curry Bible" featuring recipes for "curry" from all over the world.

I have Indian Cookery and the Curry bible and they are very different books.

That's exactly the point I am making. Looks like dougal has done plenty of research though!

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My favourite is 'Madhur Jaffrey's Flavours of India', one of the best Indian collections I'm aware of. This is not the same as any of those referred to above, I think.

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You could get "The Essential Madhur Jaffrey" for a taster, and then get her other books as your intereste develops.


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Why just one?  :blink:

Well, you see, as I have a housemate who has essentially threatened to rend the flesh from my bones if I add more cookbooks to our already-voluminous collection (not that she doesn't appreciate them, it's a question of storage space), I have to be really-eally-picky as to what I add

It really depends on what type of cuisine interests you (or the person you're buying a gift for):  Indian food, vegetarian food, Asian food? And do you prefer recipes with a lot of travelogue and personal anecdotes, or more straightforward?

I'm looking for Indian, and I don't mind fluff as long as its fluff-with-content- I like having more in-depth info on the cuisines I study.

Sincerely,

Dante


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It gets confusing because her publishers have tended to adjust the title when re-publishing.

And her works have been re-published rather a lot!

Assuming that we are talking strictly Indian here, because that is her native specialism AND what she first became known for...

I think the original (BBC) "Indian Cookery" - which I believe has been recently republished as Mahdur Jaffrey's Curries - has a whole lot more than curries and was what rightly established her reputation. Start there, I'd suggest.

Alternatively, A Taste of India is divided into regional sections, and should enable you to achieve the appropriate look of disdain whenever anyone tries to generalise about 'Indian' cuisine - which Indian cuisine, pray tell?

lovely! I'm a great fan of learning regional cuisines, and I'll confess to occasionally taking pleasure in having the ability to give looks of disdain (tho I only occasionally actually give such looks- it's more about the ability to do so for me. ;) )

Now I want both of those.

Maybe I can volunteer t build a new bookshelf in the kitchen when/if we get around to remodeling it...

Sincerely,

Dante

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You could get "The Essential Madhur Jaffrey" for a taster, and then get her other books as your intereste develops.

Thanx! I'll check that one out too.

Hmmm...maybe I'll see if I can get one or more through Inter-library loan and scope them out first before committing to buy one (or more).

Sincerely,

Dante

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I have "A Taste of India", and I do appreciate the discussion of different regions, not just in tastes, but in eating styles too. My edition has a smallish but useful range of photos.

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