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Masala Lab: The Science of Indian Cooking by [Krish Ashok]

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About the Author

Krish Ashok is not a chef but cooks daily. He is not a scientist, but he can explain science with easy-to-understand clarity. He trained to be an electronic engineer but is now a software engineer. He learnt to cook from the women in his family, who can make the perfectly fluffy idli without lecturing people on lactobacilli and pH levels. He likes the scientific method not because it offers him the ability to bully people with knowledge, but because it confidently lets him say, 'I don't know, let me test it for myself.'
When he is not cooking, he's usually playing subversive music on the violin or cello. He lives in Chennai with a wife, who sagely prevents him from buying more gadgets for the kitchen, and a son, who has the flora and fauna in the neighbourhood terrorized.
You can follow him at @krishashok on Twitter at your own risk.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Ashok is neither a scientist nor a chef. But his new book Masala Lab breaks down the science of Indian cooking. It's practical and lively - one chapter, Burn the Recipe, offers clever hacks. Others explain the physics that goes into a great biryani, the perfect tadka. ― Hindustan Times

With chapters covering everything from zero-pressure cooking to the science of spices and more, the title offers explanations and cheat sheets galore. Tongue-in-cheek writing coupled with scientific explanations by experts make up a large portion of this book, and the result is oddly gripping. ― The Hindu

Krish Ashok's Masala Lab demystifies the science of Indian cooking in a way aspiring cooks will find delightful, accessible ― Firstpost

Krish Ashok's Masala Lab: The Science of Indian Cooking is full of such advice which, if followed, promises to not just improve the taste of the food you cook, but also make the whole process of cooking more efficient and rewarding. ― Indian Express

Krish Ashok makes a great start for Indian dishes. His emphasis on cooking techniques to extract flavour works well for Indian dishes where one can't really play around with the spice profile and create the same dish ... how often can you say that you tasted a book and had great fun doing so? Masala Lab is a useful reference book too which charts out the flavour molecules and pairings of the spices we use in our dishes, the basic gravy and biryani algorithms, and for the more adventurous, the temperature and time taken to sous vide meats and vegetables ― Open Magazine --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0756WQVKR
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (14 December 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6098 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in India on 24 December 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food science book for Indian Cuisine
By Dheeraj Gava on 24 December 2020
This book is well researched on food science with respect to indian cuisine. If you are from science background and foodie you will enjoy the technical aspects mentioned in book.I have already know many facts but now understood the scientific theory behind it example like why some oils use for frying and some only for salad dressing.
Only problem with book is sometime it goes too much technical that It will hard to digest for non-science background person. If you check cooking videos of Chef Ranveer Brar he also explain scientific theory of food but in entertaining way.
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Mrs Kindle
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written science book, but alas no magic recipe for biryani
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 March 2021
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Peanut Vendor 581
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, packed with absolutely essential knowledge for the lover of Indian food
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars So long and thanks for all the fish
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 April 2021
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Alan M Grant
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware, superb book … but 32 missing pages!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 October 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars Think science, not cookbook
Reviewed in Canada on 16 July 2021
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