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My husband is Indian. I like to pick up books like this hoping for new cooking ideas. This one is so basic that there was not one recipe that I hadn't seen in nearly every other book out there. If you have never done Indian cooking before and don't own other Indian cookbooks, GO FOR IT! You will love it... but if you're looking for something diffrent.. sorry. Not so much.
I bought this book with high expectations, the front cover is beautiful and I was looking forward to my first book on Indian Street Food. Food photography on actual meals, not great. Not many pictures to complement the recipes. Lots of fried foods and pasty looking meals. Much prefer Made In India by Meera Sodha .
Very superficial presentation with recipes that are presented without any real feel or insight. Has, perhaps, some value as a glossary or compendium of street food with a special emphasis on the Kolkata and Mumbai but as a useful manual with a practical application and utility for those seeking to replicate the authentic street food flavour at home it is a complete failure. It also does not work as a travelogue or as a travel narrative of any sort. Does give a very strong impression of someone trying to hastily milk a fleeting celebrity.