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Wow – it’s already June, which means another cookbook from around the world done! I really had fun cooking Indian food last month – especially since I don’t get to eat it often since my husband is not really a fan. I don’t think I’ve convinced him quite yet, but it was a good start!

Although it seems like the recipes I chose were a little bit hit and miss, I still loved the variety of recipes in this book. There are quite a few chicken curry dishes that I would still love to try. And the dessert was fantastic, so I’d love to try out more from the dessert section as well!

But here is the basic review of the book. Then check out what I made, and how the cookbook stacked up overall for me!

Cooking Times Listed in Recipes: no
No overall times listed in this book, but it was fairly easy to scan over each recipe to see how long it would take. And the bonus is that most of the recipes are fairly quick cooking!


Number of Photos: medium

Yes, there are quite a few photos in this book, but the majority of them are not of finished dishes. There are lots of pictures of individual ingredients, but not a whole lot of finished dishes. (Which I know most of you like the photos of finished dishes!) The photography is beautiful, but it almost feels like the photos that were selected are just there to beautify the book, not to help visualize the completed recipes.

Difficulty Level of Recipes: easy
I didn’t have any issues with following any directions, which is good since I don’t cook Indian food often. I think anyone could cook fairly easy out of this book.

Availability of Ingredients: medium to hard
I had to skip over quite a few recipes because I couldn’t find some of the ingredients. Most of the hard to find ingredients are whole spices, so if you have access to things like cardamom pods or coriander seeds, you’ll probably have an easier time than I did. Or if you have an Indian grocer nearby, you should be able to find the ingredients quite easily.

Coconut Chicken with Cashews – 4.75 out of 5

Mushrooms in a Coriander-Scented White Sauce – 4 out of 5
Cornmeal Pooris with Potatoes & Cumin Seeds – 3.75 out of 5

Butter Chicken – 2.75 out of 5

Coconut-Banana Caramel Custard – 4.5 out of 5

Overall Rating : 3.95 out of 5

Overall, I thought this was a pretty decent cookbook – especially for just picking it blindly off of the library shelf. But I did have a couple of issues with it. First of all, in the heading to the Mushrooms in a Coriander-Scented White Sauce, the author says that he is a vegetarian. But, half of the book has meat-based recipes. I’m assuming that the second author on the book wrote those recipes, but why not just write an Indian vegetarian cookbook if you are a vegetarian? It all seemed a bit confusing to me. And then, the whole issue with the Butter Chicken. The subtitle for the Butter Chicken recipe says “Chicken Tikka Masala”, so I then assumed that the dishes are one in the same. But many of you readers corrected me and let me know that they are in fact, two different recipes. So I’m left feeling a bit off about the cookbook – like a little bit more research should have gone into it. It may not be my go-to Indian cookbook from here on out, but it sure has got me interested to find more Indian recipes!

I am super excited about June’s Cookbook of the Month – Rick Bayless’s Mexican Kitchen. When I decided that I wanted to travel the world for this year’s Cookbook of the Month selections, I knew right off that I wanted Mexico’s book to be one by Rick Bayless. I almost didn’t think I’d be able to do this book this month because I requested this book at the library forever ago. They only have 1 copy, but I finally got a call the other day letting me know they had it on hold for me. And I know that my husband is going to be a lot more excited about Mexican food than he was about Indian food!

Disclosure: The opinions above are my own. I have received no monetary compensation for this review. Others experience may vary.

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9 Responses to May Cookbook of the Month Review

  1. kat says:

    An easy Indian cookbook is a gem so many of ours are very complicated. You're going to love Rick Bayless' book

  2. Bumpkin on a Swing says:

    Ole' Deborah, bring on the Mexican yumminess, I know you have found and perfected! Hubby didn't like the Indian food uh?

  3. Brenda De Sousa says:

    I enjoyed your Indian cookbook review Deborah and am looking forward to your Mexican recipes!

  4. Kim says:

    I definitely enjoyed reading about all the Indian recipes you tried and I am REALLY looking forward to seeing some of Rick Bayless's food!!

  5. Joanne says:

    I think this sounds like it was a really good beginner's Indian food cookbook! And if you want, I would be more than happy to send you some whole spices! I tend to think cardamom pods especially are essential to life :P

    I'm so excited for Rick Bayless!

  6. Gina says:

    Great idea to get the book from your library!

  7. June says:

    http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/shophome.html
    This is a GREAT place to buy spices, easy or hard to find!! hth
    Can't wait for the next cookbook. I've watched him on tv and enjoyed his recipes!!

  8. Natalie says:

    I absolutely love that you do this each month–they're some of my favorite posts to read! Can't wait for next month :)

  9. eatme_delicious says:

    I have that Rick Bayless cookbook but have yet to make anything from it – can't wait to see what you make!!

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