660 Curries: The Gateway to the World of Indian Cooking

Raghavan Iyer, Author Workman $22.95 (809p) ISBN 978-0-7611-3787-0

Iyer (The Turmeric Trail ) makes the enormous spectrum of Indian curry dishes enticing and accessible in this hefty tome, bound to be a must-have for lovers of Indian cuisine. Cooks already familiar with this food will be inspired as they cook through its pages. The term “curry” encompasses a vast range of dishes, and Iyer has uncovered the best from the subcontinent’s many regions and cultures, working his way from Goa (chicken in coconut milk sauce) to Kashmir (hearty braised lamb shanks in broth), Calcutta (tilapia in yogurt sauce), Kerala (spinach in pigeon pea-coconut sauce), and everywhere between. The largest chapter features an extraordinary selection of curries using India’s rainbow of legumes, but Iyer includes meat, cheese, fish and vegetable curries, plus appetizers and snacks, biryanis and elegant rice variations and breads. Access to a well-stocked Indian grocery is vital, but past that hurdle Iyer makes the recipes quite approachable thanks to his chatty introductions, many thoughtful preparation tips and helpful ingredient glossary. (May)

Reviewed on: 04/21/2008
Release date: 05/01/2008
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