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I purchased this book after reading a review from a cookery website. I bought this particular book because I had been looking for some good vegetarian recipes, while I am not a vegetarian I was looking to make some new healthier curries. I wasn't disappointed with the results. If like me, you have a passion for curries and love to read about anything curry I'm sure you will enjoy this book. If you are expecting to re-create a curry similar to a takeaway/restaurant curry then I think you will be disappointed. I have owned this book for just over a month now and have made quite a few curries from it and they have all turned out nice. Raghavan Iyer is an American Indian and as such the recipes in the book are americanised, so you may have to translate some of the ingredients. My wife doesn't enjoy the book as much as I do because there are no illustrations other than the first few pages. If you are expecting to see pictures of the curries that you will be making there aren't any, although that isn't such a bad thing, as I have found most of the glossy curry books show lovely pictures of the finished product, but when you try to re-create the same curry they never look the same. Overall, its a great purchase, which I'm sure I will keep referring to again and again.
Wow! AWESOME curry recipes that really help one to understand how to use an enormous array of spices in different combinations. However the simplest of dishes can often be made with just two or three - genius!
The best indian cookbook I've ever used. I love the section on spice mixtures at the front, and the huge variety of potato recipes is a carb-lover's dream. Also love that the majority of the recipes are vegetarian. The variety of sources is impressive.
The preparations are simple. The ingredients are easy to get. Easy to follow even for a dummy. The curries are fantastically delicious. Besides the recipies and tips on cooking, the information on health benefits etc are very helpful and enlightening. A worthwhile investment that brings benefit for a lifetime.
Raghavan Iyer has opened the door for me to many incredible curries. Living in the Metro Vancouver area where all the required ingredients are easily available his magic has been worked into many dishes at my home to the delight of all. This book will work well for beginners and for adding depth and new ideas for those who are already masters of curries.