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Book Reviews

Some of the best books I've come across on  Indian Food.. There will be more added to the list as and when I get the chance to purchase them.. If you think any of the books you've read is wonderful, please share, I'd love to get your input on this. Thanks, -N.


Grains, Greens, and Grated Coconuts: Recipes and Remembrances of a Vegetarian Legacy:
Ammini Ramachandran , iUniverse.com (2008) - Paperback -368 pages - ISBN 160528016X


Cooking at home with Pedatha: vegetarian recipes from a traditional Andhra Kitchen:
Jigyasa Giri and Pratibha Jain, Pritya (2005), Hard cover - 87 pages - ISBN 8190299301

How to cook Indian: More than 500 recipes for the modern Indian Kitchen
Sanjeev Kapoor, Stewart, Tabori & Chang (April 1, 2011), Hardcover: 608 pages, ISBN-10: 9781584799139

660 Curries
Raghavan Iyer; Workman Publishing Company (March 27, 2008), Paperback: 809 pages, ISBN-10: 0761137874

Modern Spice
Monica Bhide; Simon & Schuster (April 21, 2009), Hardcover: 288 pages, ISBN-10: 1416566597
ISBN-13: 978-1416566595

Masala Farm  
Suvir Saran, Raquel Pelzel , Charlie Burd; Chronicle Books (December 14, 2011), 240 pages. ISBN-10: 0811872335

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