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Background on Indian Cuisine to help you choose a book - Indian cooking is very varied and has many schools -   its coastal cuisine, its tropical cuisine, its temple cuisine, its non-violent or Jain Cuisine,  its Muslim cuisine, its vegetarian cuisine, its thalis, its many festival cuisines, its tandoori cuisine, its royal cuisine, its ayurvedic cuisine, its mountain cuisine, its Portuguese cuisine besides its regional cuisines. 
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Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking

Lord Krishna's Cuisine : The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking
by Yamuna Devi

This is my most favorite book. It is actually a document, encyclopedia or A to Z book of traditional Indian cuisine which evolved over time in Indian homes.  The amount of effort put into this book is extraordinary.   It is for the serious Indian cook who is interested in India's regional home cooking.  Since it covers Indian vegetarian cooking it lacks the moghlai cooking which is popular in North Indian restaurants - the meat dishes and dishes cooked with onion and garlic.  The recipes are very authentic and are a testament to simple ingredients producing sublime tastes. The A To Z reference by Yamuna is also very useful.   Background Info
List Price: $34.95 (for a priceless book) - FOR THE STUDENT OF INDIAN TRADITIONAL CUISINE

 

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The Joys of Vegetarian Cooking

The Indian culinary landscape is mainly vegetarian.  But as in every culture the need to eat global is strong.  Tarla Dalal has many Indian recipes in this book but to accomodate this global food yearning she has recipes of many International dishes which she has made vegetarian. Her cookbook reflects the foods cooked in Indian homes and she is loved by most Indian women for making the recipes quick and easy.  Many Indian cook books are aimed for Westerners but this book is created for local consumption - although Westerners who are seeking simple, easy and quick recipes will find her books wonderful.
Tarla Dalal is considered an icon for Vegetarian cooking. Her 17 books have sold over a million copies worldwide and have been translated into many languages including Dutch and Russian.
SIMPLE BOOKS WITH QUICK AND EASY RECIPES

Dakshin : Vegetarian Cuisine from South India
by Chandra Padmanabhan

This too is a vegetarian cook book.  More than half of India is vegetarian so it is not surprising that that this and the above cook books are vegetarian.  Chandra gives an excellent introduction to South Indian She has many Sambhar recipes, rice recipes and dessert recipes which are wonderful and easy to make - again simple ingredients are cooked up into sublime tastes. The recipes are authentic South Indian recipes simple and well laid out. The pictures in themselves are a gastronomical treat and make me want to beam myself into a South Indian celebration in India. Background Info
List Price: $18.95 - FOR THE TRADITIONAL SOUTH  INDIAN COOK

The Great Curries of India
by Camellia Panjabi

Camelia was my hero when I was growing up in Bombay.  She had my dream job at the Taj Group of Hotels - Director of Marketing.   I absolutely adored her and her work.   I used to sneak into her office and go through the pile of magazines she kept in her office. I love her book too. She has had the opportunity to interact with the best chefs in India with her work she has traveled all over India and has marketed India to the world - this experience and her love of India and Indian food is reflected in her book.   She gives great background information, ingredient information, photographs of ingredients.  Many of the recipes also have great photographs.  She has outlined the curries of India very aptly.  Her curries reflect the curries of India - missing are beef and pork curries (except for Pork Vindaloo which is from a predominantly Catholic region of India) due to the Hindu and Muslim make-up of India.  You will therefore find mutton, lamb, chicken and vegetable curries which truly reflects the Indian Curry landscape in India.
List Price: $30.00 - FOR THE SERIOUS CURRY COOK

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Prashad - Cooking With Indian Masters
If you like Indian restaurant cooking this book is a bible for you..
Indian Restaurant cooking is loved by people all over the world. The secrets of the Indian restaurant cooking have been kept with the chefs.  Many people who attemp to recreate their cooking on their own are often disappointed to say the least. The issue is that the food cooked in Indian restaurants is not everyday Indian cuisine.  This book has mapped out the recipes by the master chefs who have pioneered Indian restaurant cooking. Now you can uncover many of the secrets to recreating Indian restaurant cooking in this book.
FOR RESTAURANT STYLE COOKING

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Stylish Indian in Minutes
by Monisha Bhadwaj

Monisha Bhardwaj is now the reigning queen of Indian cook books. Fresh and delicious Indian dishes, made in a matter of minutes… it really is possible to present Indian cuisine with minimum fuss and bother.

With preparation and cooking times given for each recipe, here are over 140 ideas for entertaining, from the exotic prawns in Green herbs (Jalpari Hara Masala) to the Goan Salmon with Garlic Crumbs (Macchi Lahsuni) and from the festive Aubergine Pulao (Vangi Bhaat) to the spectacular strawberry Rasayan. Recipes for breads and naans, as well as for cooling drinks and smoothies, make this a rich collection, beautifully photographed by Gus Filgate and complemented by stills from great Indian movies.

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FOR THE OVER ALL INDIAN COOK WHO IS IN A HURRY

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A Taste of India
by Madhur Jaffrey

Ms. Jaffrey is undoubtedly the foremost authority on Indian cooking in the west. To her goes the credit for making Indian food a familiar cuisine. She gave it a new identity and spirit. In many ways, Ms. Jaffrey took Indian food back from where it came, Indian homes, villages and streets. Reading A Taste of India, is like reading an Indian Travelogue. Ms. Jaffrey makes food even more exciting with her personal reminscences. With photographs and recipes from across India, she covers in style and ease the diversity and richness of Indias ancient, and, very to the minute heritage. - FOR THE OVERALL INDIAN COOK

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Wazwaan - Traditional Kashmiri Cuisine The Indian North Indian restaurants have taken many dishes from Kashmir due to its elaborate preparation and ceremonial presentation of lavish meals, often comprising 36 courses.  Wazwaan is the name of a Kashmiri feast which I have had the honor of being part of on a trip with my parents to this lovely valley. Seven dishes typically form an indispensable part of the feast - 'tabakh maaz, rista, rogan josh, dhaniwal korma, aab gosh, marchwagan korma and ghustaba, Firin and kahwah (green tea)' round off a never-to-be-forgotten culinary experience.  This book has color pictures for each recipe.
FOR RESTAURANT STYLE COOKING

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The Food of India
By: Priya Wickramasinghe and Carol Selva Rajah

A coffee table book - Beautiful and grand.    Showcases the best of food in India today, with recipes photographed in the kitchen. Explore real Indian food, from spices to sweets, while basic recipes and a glossary of food terms complete your Indian kitchen.

The book is based on a gastronomic photographic tour of India.  The book captures the culinary landscape of the subcontinent in pictures.  - the markets, shops, farms, culinary living of India,  the kitchens of India.
The recipes are a collection of recipes from cultures all over India.
A BOOK THAT IS WONDERFUL TO OWN

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Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing
by Usha and Dr. Vasant Lad

A compendium of tasty and balanced Ayurvedic recipes combined with information on the Ayurvedic principles of food and diet; a comprehensive listing of foods categorized by suitability to body type as well as a chart listing the qualities of foods; a chart to determine your own constitution... and much more. Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc, a world-renowned Ayurvedic Physician from India has more than 35 years of Indian medicine clinical experience....
This ancient art of healing has been practiced continuously for over 5,000 years. The principles of many natural healing systems now familiar in the West, such as Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy, have their roots in Ayurveda. Ayurvedic practices restore the balance and harmony of the individual, resulting in self-healing, good health and longevity.

256 pp. - List Price: $15.95 - FOR THE STUDENT OF aYURVEDIC COOKING

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