Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Rick Stein's India

Rick Stein has one of those great talents to appear as an everyday bloke who you would be happy to have a glass of wine or a cup of tea with. This belies the fact that he is a talented chef who has a number of successful restaurants.

His easy charm and openness make him the ideal host for television. This book is the companion book to his new series where he journeys to India, to find out first hand what is the real Indian food.  The range of recipes includes many regions and many cooks from home cooks to restaurant chefs. The range of recipes is amazing, I can hardly wait to see the television show.

The recipes are not always easy to cook but they are very well laid out. The recipes are designed for a western home cook with lots of suggestions about how to bring the flavours of India into your own kitchen. I have found the ingredients easy to source from local stores and the recipes well structured and accurate.

If you enjoy Indian food this is a great book to add to your collection.

"Whenever I hear the word curry, I'm filled with a longing for spicy hot food with the fragrance of cumin, cloves and cinnamon. I see deep red colours from lots of Kashmiri chillis, tinged with a suggestion of yellow from turmeric. I think of the tandoor oven, and slightly scorched naan shining with ghee and garlic. When Indians talk of their food, they talk about their life. To understand this country, you need to understand curry." Rick Stein

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