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Re: Chicken Tikka - better than the BIRs
« Reply #340 on: April 18, 2020, 09:59 PM »
What would your list be today, T63, with the benefit of a further 13 years' experience ?

Can you name a quality Indian cookbook or two?

For me it has to be:

  • 50 Great Curries of India by Camellia Panjabi (even with the errors)
  • Indian Cookery by Madhur Jaffrey
  • Classic Indian Cookery by Julie Sahni
  • A Taste Of Punjab by Lali Nayar
  • Tandoor by Ranjit Rai (especially with the BBQ season upon us)
  • Indian Cookery, A Practical Guide by Dharamjit Singh

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That is a searching question. Of the books I first named only the Maddhur Jeffrey still gets extensively used. I have my original BBC paperback that is now tattered, torn and stained and that goes into the kitchen with me. A clean copy of the same book resides on the shelf, picked up seemingly unused in an oxfam shop, and I have the large glossy format with pictures released by the BBC a few years back for perusing in an armchair.
Recently I have worked through a lot of Vivek Singhs book as well as some of the more recent authors and my Indian Cookbook collection consists of 130 plus books.

I think that the above list were the special books that I really relied on back in the day but, nowadays, I have certain recipes in a number of cookbooks to fall back on depending on who is around and what is available.

I’m currently experimenting with Rabbit and trying to adapt some of my preferred recipes to suit.

T63

Madhur Jaffrey's Illustrated Indian Cookery from 1982 was one of the very first Indian cookbooks I ever bought. It's still an essential for me. There are so many just fundamentally solid recipes in that book.

It's up there with Julia Childs Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Marcella Hazan's Classic Italian Cooking, Rick Bayless' Mexican Kitchen and yes, dare I say it, the first book Emeril Lagasse ever published (all his subsequent books have been a joke but the first one is absolutely brilliant).
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Re: Chicken Tikka - better than the BIRs
« Reply #341 on: April 20, 2020, 03:11 PM »
And his earlier Curry, curry, curry — The Heart of Indian Cooking, Micky ?

yeah, not got that one lol, but got the Tandoor book free with my oven :smile:

Oops — just discovered I now have two copies of Ranjit Rai's Curry, Curry, Curry ...  I thought that the frequent name-dropping rang a bell when I started reading the one that has just arrived, so went into the spare bedroom cum library to search a few minutes ago, and sure enough there was a second (cheaper !) copy on one of the shelves.  Ah well, at least I now have one to get dirty in the kitchen and another to keep pristine for reading in bed ...
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Re: Chicken Tikka - better than the BIRs
« Reply #342 on: April 20, 2020, 09:34 PM »
so went into the spare bedroom cum library to search a few minutes ago

You have a cum library?

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Re: Chicken Tikka - better than the BIRs
« Reply #343 on: April 20, 2020, 09:48 PM »
I and about half-a-million others, it would seem ...
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Re: Chicken Tikka - better than the BIRs
« Reply #344 on: April 20, 2020, 10:25 PM »
Oh I would bet it's more than half a million mate  :lol:

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Re: Chicken Tikka - better than the BIRs
« Reply #345 on: April 21, 2020, 12:07 AM »
so went into the spare bedroom cum library to search a few minutes ago

You have a cum library?

Shades of Dick Emery!

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Re: Chicken Tikka - better than the BIRs
« Reply #346 on: April 21, 2020, 07:35 AM »
I knew it,.....You are Awful, but i like you :smile:


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Re: Chicken Tikka - better than the BIRs
« Reply #347 on: April 21, 2020, 07:39 AM »
so went into the spare bedroom cum library to search a few minutes ago

You have a cum library?

Actually the first one was created in a Portsmouth Hospital in 1824 by a load of discharged seamen

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Re: Chicken Tikka - better than the BIRs
« Reply #348 on: April 21, 2020, 08:53 AM »
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Re: Chicken Tikka - better than the BIRs
« Reply #349 on: April 21, 2020, 11:01 AM »
Actually the first one was created in a Portsmouth Hospital in 1824 by a load of discharged seamen

All of whom served alongside Seaman Staines and Roger the cabin boy under the infamous Master Bates, no doubt ...
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