08 August 2008

My Bombay Kitchen

Yes, I do read other cookbooks besides the ones by Alford and Duguid, and My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Home Cooking by Niloufer Ichaporia King is one worth reading.

The tone may be one of the best parts of the book- it sounds like King is in the kitchen with you, giving advice as you go along. And there's a wide variety of recipes. Parsi cooking isn't just Indian, and it's certainly not Persian or any other cuisine. My Bombay Kitchen has all sorts of recipes from the traditional dhansak and plenty of egg recipes to dishes based on Swedish, Italian, and Irish basics.

If you insist on pictures of the food, don't get this book. There are some drawings, but no photos of any type. Personally, I don't think this is ever a drawback in any cookbook, but there's so much to make up for it in this one that I didn't even notice the lack of photos (and it makes the book more affordable).

There is also a good bibliography in the back with suggestions for further reading, especially on the history of the Parsis, who are worth an entire post (or several) on their own. Wiki has a good introduction, and also article on Parsi cuisine.

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