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I follow The Brown Table on Instagram and love his photos, journey, and how he has a touch of India in all his recipes. I wanted to love the book so much that I went ahead and bought it in the US back to India, only to find out I can't make half the recipes because of the number of ingredients/tools that are unavailable in India. It's labeled as an "Indian cookbook" , but if many of the ingredients are not accessible in India, can you even call it that? I was looking at his blog and even to make a simple dosa, one of the tools needed is a pan thermometer. I am South Indian and if I told my family that, they would look at me sideways and laugh.
The recipes look undoubtedly gorgeous and photos too, so maybe if you live in a place where you can get these ingredients, great, but for now this will just be sitting on my shelf.
I read the reviews, looked at the photos, loved the idea of this book. Tried two recipes after purchasing extra spices. Both we labor intensive and were inedible, so I put in the bin. I have eaten at Michelin Star Indian restaurants all over London and shared tables at Tayabs in Whitechapel. I know the different between good and bad have cooked indian food or over 20 years. Recently, I purchased Dishoom's cookbook and the recipes all work out. I purchased this book second hand and rather than donating I put it in recycle. This food blogger will not be able to steal someone else's soul.