From: The Complete Indian Regional Cookbook

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A Survey of the Subcontinent

Indian cooking and food culture is a vast subject. These four books are trusted guides to the riches the region has to offer, and all of them make rewarding reading. The recipes in each are commendalbly approachable too so even if you can't make it to India right now, you can confidently conjure up a taste of the Subcontinent in your own kitchen.

My Bombay Kitchen

My Bombay Kitchen

By Niloufer Ichaporia King

Legendary Bay Area cook Niloufer Ichaporia King captures the patchwork cuisine of India’s rapidly fading Parsi population, descendants from Zoroastrian Persians who migrated to the Subcontinent centuries ago. The James Beard Award-winning compilation, a valiant exercise in cultural conservation, features community favorites such as Eggs on Potato Chips and Yogurt Honey Jelly With Strawberries and Roses.

The Complete Indian Regional Cookbook

The Complete Indian Regional Cookbook

By Mridula Baljekar

The author is a recognized authority on Indian food, with numerous cookbooks to her name. Here, she investigates Indian food by region, providing context on history, religion and festivals, as well detailed information on ingredients and cooking techniques. It’s a pragmatic book and the step-by-step instructions photographs make the recipes, from chutney and rice to sweets, easy to follow.

How to Cook Indian

How to Cook Indian

By Sanjeev Kapoor

His roots are in northern India but Sanjeev Kapoor grew up all around the country, so the 500 recipes are as varied as India itself, from tomato rasam (a soup from southern India) to Delhi-style aloo chaat (a crisp potato snack). “In this book, I put to rest the myth that Indian food has to be elaborately prepared,” he writes. The recipes deliver a proper taste of Indian home cooking.

Mangoes & Curry Leaves

Mangoes & Curry Leaves

By Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid

Intrepid culinary travelers and cultural chroniclers Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid invite you to explore the flavors of the Indian Subcontinent. Discover the diversity of cooking styles in this vast and varied region, from Nepal in the north to Sri Lanka in the south.

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