Spices & Seasons is a recipe book which I would love to have on my bookshelf to add to my collection. I am slightly obsessed with recipe books!
First of all, this book has some mouth-watering photography!
The kindle copy I am reviewing has an excellent table of contents which you can click on individually to instantly take you to any section of the book, which I think is a rather nifty feature. I’m not used to viewing cook books in kindle format, but I quite like this option.
The book begins with a fascinating introduction followed by a ‘Learning the Essentials’ section which explains the author’s aim of offering “a simple, everyday approach to Indian food prepared with readily found ingredients.” I for one like that sound of that! I love Indian food and I love to experiment with new recipes and flavours.
There are twelve chapters covering appetizers & small plates, right through to desserts & sweet drinks. There is also a gluten free recipe index as well as vegan/vegetarian recipe index which I know will be quite helpful to a lot of people.
I’m looking forward to getting the chance to have a proper go at some of the recipes featured in this lovely book. I will share some photographs with you all when I do.
Why not buy a copy and get cooking yourself!?
Many thanks to the author and to Rachel @ Rachels Random Resources for my review copy.
Spices and Seasons, Simple Sustainable Indian Flavors
Rinku Bhattacharya combines her two great loves―Indian cooking and sustainable living―to give readers a simple, accessible way to cook seasonally, locally, and flavorfully. Inspired by the bounty of local produce, mostly from her own backyard, Rinku set out to create recipes for busy, time-strapped home cooks who want to blend Indian flavors into nutritious family meals. Arranged in chapters from appetizers through desserts, the cookbook includes everything from small bites, soups, seafood, meat and poultry, and vegetables, to condiments, breads, and sweets. You’ll find recipes for tempting fare like “Mango and Goat Cheese Mini Crisps,” “Roasted Red Pepper Chutney,” “Crisped Okra with Dry Spice Rub,” “Smoky Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Puree,” and “Red Harvest Masala Cornish Hens,” to name a few. As exotic and enticing as these recipes sound, the ingredients are easily found and the instructions are simple. Rinku encourages readers to explore the bounty of their local farms and markets, and embrace the rich flavors of India to cook food that is nutritious, healthy, seasonal and most importantly, delicious.
About Rinku Bhattacharya
Rinku Bhattacharya (spicechronicles.com) was born in India, and now lives in a house with a vibrant backyard in Hudson Valley, New York with her husband, an avid gardener, and their two children. Rinku’s simple, sustainable approach to Indian cooking is showcased on her blog, Spice Chronicles, and in her Journal News column “Spices and Seasons.”
Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past nine years, and works extensively with local area farmer’s markets on seasonal demonstrations and discussions. Rinku is also the author of The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles (Hippocrene Books, 2012), winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2013 for Best Indian Cuisine. She writes for the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Journal News, and several online sites, and is a frequent guest on CT Style TV.
happy reading & cooking 🙂