Famous cookbook - whatís it called?

#1 Dec 4th, 2017, 17:24
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Team,

Iím looking for a famous cookbook that I read about a while ago. I made a note of what it was called then frustratingly lost it!

In short, itís an old Indian cook book that was made by someone who was implied to be the godfather of Indian (and possibly Mughlai) cooking.

It was quite old and apparently he invented lots of the recipes used in hotels etc. He wasnít a famous TV chef or anything and the book was likely created 1940s-1970s.

I know Iím not giving a lot but if anyone has any suggestions to what it is Iím all ears!

Best case; this is a fun game and the winner gets a meal from it cooked by yours truly.

Worst case; we learn some new cookbooks we maybe hadnít heard of!

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India- the Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant?
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No, not that one, it's much, much older.

Good looking book though, just added it to my Xmas list which is my secondary objective ticked off!

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Just putting in a option, probably the last person who should be doing it - but no harm in trying.

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Nope, not it.

Thanks for trying though!

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Originally Posted by NomadicBoo View Post the godfather of Indian (and possibly Mughlai) cooking
So it was a male person. The only "classics" I can think of are Madhur Jaffrey and Julie Sahni. They both happen to be women. Men who cooked in those earlier days (bawarchis and khansamahs) didn't write cookbooks for English language publishers.
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Yep - was definitely a male. I'm sure it was from the 1940's-60's.

Argggggghhhhh. WHY DON'T I JUST WRITE THINGS DOWN!

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Long google shot

Indian cookery.. EP Veerasawmy?
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Nope!

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I found it! Woohoo! It's not as old as I thought (silly me!).

It's called Prashad: Cooking with Indian Masters by Jiggs Kalra.

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If you can wait untill you visit India next, I am sure the book would be a lot cheaper there.

My "Great Indian Rail Atlas" was only about £7.00 in India, cost in the UK is £25.00 !

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I managed to find it for £10 so just ordered it. I'm sure it will be cheaper but August is too far away for my patience ;-)

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This seems like the right thread to ask the following.

Have Indiamikers tried the Indian recipes in Charmaine Solomon's 'The Complete Asian Cookbook'?

How did you find the recipes?

The book seems quite famous, first published in 1976, it's the book that got me started on Thai, Malaysian and Chinese cooking, but I never tried the Indian recipes.
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This one?

It's an absolute classic - a bit like Larousse Gastronomique for India - (in which many of the recipes assume you've got a supply of sauces described elsewhere).
One classic from this book which I have never forgotten says something like:
Step 7 - Steep 6 oz whole almonds in water with 12 drops of Rosewater added for 6 hours. Discard the almonds!

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Originally Posted by NomadicBoo View Post I managed to find it for £10 so just ordered it. I'm sure it will be cheaper but August is too far away for my patience ;-)

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That seems a good price, so well done!

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