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I've been cooking for a long time, both professionally and at home. I've read many cookbooks and recipes written in Italian, French, and English.
I recently decided to try vegan cooking, and decided to try original vegan recipes rather than trying to modify traditional recipes with a variety of substitutes.
I really got lucky with this cookbook; it is so good that I want to try every single recipe!
The presentation is excellent, with colour photos for most of the dishes. The ingredients are listed in the order that you will need to use them, and the instructions are very well written and easy to understand.
There is an introductory section which describes all of the spices and equipment used in the book, which was very helpful for me as I have not cooked many Indian dishes before.
There's a section at the back of the book with recipes for spice blends like Garam Masala, Tandoori Masala, Sambhar, Chaat Masala and more. You don't need to gring your own spice blends, but if you want to be adventurous the recipes are there. There are also recipes to make your own chutneys.
There are recipes for other ingredients that may be difficult to find such as Vegan Paneer, Chickpea Tofu, Non-Dairy Yoghurt, Cashew Cream and more. Again, you don't need to make these if you don't want to or if you're not 100% vegan and prefer to buy such from the shops.
I would recommend that you consider an electric spice grinder/chopper (
James Martin Grind and Chop, 200 W
)because if you love this book as much as I do you' may want to grind your own spices every day to get maximum flavour. A pressure cooker ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00XC935TO/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) is also very useful as you can cook the dishes containing dried legumes without soaking overnight first. However, you don't need a huge kitchen - I only have one hob and a combination micro/convection oven/grill (
Russell Hobbs RHM3003B 30L Digital 900W Combination Microwave, Black
I've only included the links to show you what I use, I am not associated with any of the retailers, manufacturers or the author.
We got this book a week or so ago, and have now made 4 different meal recipes, and one bread recipe (paratha) - every single one a winner. With a little bit of thinking, the recipes are totally WFPB compliant (e.g. swapping coconut milk for silken tofu and dessicated coconut) and utterly utterly delicious!
We have a well stocked bean, spice and herb cupboard anyway, so didn't need to get anything special - you might be daunted by the amount of spices, in terms of preparation, but it's nothing. Read the recipe, get out the appropriate spices ahead of time, even combine those that can be combined - all part of the prep. If you do this, it's a cinch when you get round to the cooking.
It is an American book, so there are measurements in cups, but either buy a set of measuring cups, or to be honest, choosing a mug from your cupboard, and using that or cup measurement going forward, and you'll be fine.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough if you like Indian food - doesn't matter whether you're WFPB, Vegan, Vegetarian, or an Omnivore, this book should definitely be in your collection and used regularly.
The real thing.. everything I've cooked so far has been perfect ....buying all the spices etc was a little daunting to start. as it seemed an endless amount .so instead I chose a recipe and bought what was needed that way you gradually get all.you need ..best cook book I've ever bought
We are not a vegan or even vegetarian famaily, but decided we would like to cut down the amount of meat we eat because of a number of reasons. As we are both meat eaters and come from background where a lot of meat and dairy is eaten, we thought it may be very difficult to find tasty recipes that would be also filling. I got this book alongside a few others in an attempt to find some inspiration. I absolutely love it. I have always been a bit afraid of curries, as I imagined the amount of spices I would have to get would be too much, but actually once you get the main few, you can do most of the recipes with them. I tried a few recipes, and all have been brilliant. The instructions are easy to follow, and everything tastes absolutely great. Recipes are also easily adaptable if I want to made them vegetarian instead of vegan. I have not tried everything, but what I did became some of my all time faves. So many of these can be done and packed away as lunches to take to work. Big thumbs up- and that comes from someone who would not imagine a few days without meat on the plate!