Cooking with My Indian Mother-in-Law: Mastering the Art of Authentic Home Cooking

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When self-taught home cook Simon Daley tasted his future mother-in-law Roshan's chicken curry for the first time, he was smitten. Simon asked Roshan to teach him her vast personal collection of recipes and now, in their kitchen, a special friendship flourishes. This unique book draws on the extensive repertoire of an exceptional home cook, including traditional dishes passed down from mother to daughter over centuries, from the family's Gujerati roots in India to modern adaptations. Stunning, modern photography of Simon and Roshan cooking at home, with step-by-step sequences to illustrate the more unique techniques, complements the lively, personal text.

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Roshan Hirani is the eldest daughter of a large Indian family. From the age of 11 it was her job to cook for the family and she has amassed more than 50 years of experience as an outstanding traditional Gujerati cook. Simon Daley, Roshan's son-in-law, is a designer and art director specializing in cookbooks.

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A family affair in every respect, this handsome cookbook offers an invaluable introduction to staple dishes of Indian cuisine, as they are cooked at home. Daley’s mother-in-law, Roshan Hirani, has perfected family recipes that reflect Khoja culture, from the Gujurati province of India, as well as influences from East Africa, where Hirani’s parents emigrated from India. Beginning with his heartfelt introduction, Daley’s warm, informative text not only outlines in precise detail the basic steps involved in preparing an array of vegetable, meat, and fish dishes but also supplies tips on purchasing and storing basic pantry supplies (fresh curry leaves, for example, can be frozen for later use). Salima Hirani (Daley’s wife) contributes clear, artful photographs of both authors in the kitchen, as well as close-up images of dishes in the making, from a basic masala to chappatis rolled, pressed, and fried. Both beginning and experienced cooks will glean a wealth of information from this rigorously detailed and tender offering, which celebrates domestic cooks and the vibrant cultural traditions that they keep and carry forward. --Gillian Engberg

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