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Discover the diverse (and delicious) cuisines of South India. Indian food is as complex, broad, and varied as the country itself—and it’s time to bring that expanse of flavors to your kitchen. Drawing on the rich traditions of South India, The Essential South Indian Cookbook will take your taste buds somewhere they’ve probably never been before.The Essential South India Discover the diverse (and delicious) cuisines of South India. Indian food is as complex, broad, and varied as the country itself—and it’s time to bring that expanse of flavors to your kitchen. Drawing on the rich traditions of South India, The Essential South Indian Cookbook will take your taste buds somewhere they’ve probably never been before.The Essential South Indian Cookbook lets you explore the rarely-tasted regional cuisines of India’s southern states. Travel to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, and Andhra as you sample delicious foods and learn how each of these areas contributed to the rich traditions of Indian dining.The Essential South Indian Cookbook includes: 75 South Indian recipes—Discover a mouthwatering variety of unique and flavorful dishes that include idli (savory rice cake), dosa (rice crepes), sambar (vegetable stew), chutneys, and more. Taste the south—You’ll enjoy an Indian cookbook that examines the varied histories of South India’s states—and their contributions to the legacy of Indian food. True Indian kitchen—Learn how to keep your flavors authentic in this Indian cookbook, filled with advice for selecting essential spices and must-have cookware. Earn a new stamp on your culinary passport with the help of The Essential South Indian Cookbook.


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Discover the diverse (and delicious) cuisines of South India. Indian food is as complex, broad, and varied as the country itself—and it’s time to bring that expanse of flavors to your kitchen. Drawing on the rich traditions of South India, The Essential South Indian Cookbook will take your taste buds somewhere they’ve probably never been before.The Essential South India Discover the diverse (and delicious) cuisines of South India. Indian food is as complex, broad, and varied as the country itself—and it’s time to bring that expanse of flavors to your kitchen. Drawing on the rich traditions of South India, The Essential South Indian Cookbook will take your taste buds somewhere they’ve probably never been before.The Essential South Indian Cookbook lets you explore the rarely-tasted regional cuisines of India’s southern states. Travel to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, and Andhra as you sample delicious foods and learn how each of these areas contributed to the rich traditions of Indian dining.The Essential South Indian Cookbook includes: 75 South Indian recipes—Discover a mouthwatering variety of unique and flavorful dishes that include idli (savory rice cake), dosa (rice crepes), sambar (vegetable stew), chutneys, and more. Taste the south—You’ll enjoy an Indian cookbook that examines the varied histories of South India’s states—and their contributions to the legacy of Indian food. True Indian kitchen—Learn how to keep your flavors authentic in this Indian cookbook, filled with advice for selecting essential spices and must-have cookware. Earn a new stamp on your culinary passport with the help of The Essential South Indian Cookbook.

57 review for The Essential South Indian Cookbook: A Culinary Journey Into South Indian Cuisine and Culture

  1. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I have requested a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I had already bought the book before it showed up on NetGalley so I am reviewing it here and on my Facebook page ... hopefully, #Callisto media will approve of me. LOL #callisto #callistomedia apparently does not like me as I don't belong the ALA (I am Canadian!!!) -- I am not holding it against them but it would be nice to review their books on #NetGalley From the publisher, as I do not I have requested a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I had already bought the book before it showed up on NetGalley so I am reviewing it here and on my Facebook page ... hopefully, #Callisto media will approve of me. LOL #callisto #callistomedia apparently does not like me as I don't belong the ALA (I am Canadian!!!) -- I am not holding it against them but it would be nice to review their books on #NetGalley From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Discover the diverse (and delicious) cuisines of South India. Indian food is as complex, broad, and varied as the country itself—and it’s time to bring that expanse of flavours to your kitchen. Drawing on the rich traditions of South India, The Essential South Indian Cookbook will take your taste buds somewhere they’ve probably never been before. The Essential South Indian Cookbook lets you explore the rarely-tasted regional cuisines of India’s southern states. Travel to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, and Andhra as you sample delicious foods and learn how each of these areas contributed to the rich traditions of Indian dining. The Essential South Indian Cookbook includes: 75 South Indian recipes—Discover a mouthwatering variety of unique and flavorful dishes that include idli (savoury rice cake), dosa (rice crepes), sambar (vegetable stew), chutneys, and more. Taste the south—You’ll enjoy an Indian cookbook that examines the varied histories of South India’s states—and their contributions to the legacy of Indian food. True Indian kitchen—Learn how to keep your flavours authentic in this Indian cookbook, filled with advice for selecting essential spices and must-have cookware. Earn a new stamp on your culinary passport with the help of The Essential South Indian Cookbook. This book is yummy to read and yummy to cook from - the recipes are varied and most I had not heard of before. (My husband hates Indian food so we always seem to order in Chinese...sigh). The recipes are well written and I am pretty sure that I can make these and serve them to hubby without telling him that they are Indian and get away with it. Lots of vegetables and vegetarian recipes in here can easily be made "carnivore friendly"! GREAT BOOK!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Critterbee❇

    Love the bright cover on this South Indian cookbook! The recipes inside are varied and look delicious, the main issue I had was the difficulty sourcing ingredients that would likely trouble people from areas without access to ingredients like iidiyappam flour, sona masoori rice, jaggery, Bengal Gram, Gunter Chiles, rasam powder, and vegetables such as drumstick or brinjal. The recipes listed some substitutions, but usually it was for the easier to find items, spinach for greens, for example. Our Love the bright cover on this South Indian cookbook! The recipes inside are varied and look delicious, the main issue I had was the difficulty sourcing ingredients that would likely trouble people from areas without access to ingredients like iidiyappam flour, sona masoori rice, jaggery, Bengal Gram, Gunter Chiles, rasam powder, and vegetables such as drumstick or brinjal. The recipes listed some substitutions, but usually it was for the easier to find items, spinach for greens, for example. Our local markets might not have such items, perhaps alternative could be listed? Although, I do admire the determination to remain authentic, and changing ingredients would lessen the authenticity. A great book for locations with better access to the above ingredients. *e ARC Netgalley*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Witch-at-Heart

    I loved the cookbook. My 9nky complaints are one I am a firm believer cookbooks need pictures of the prepared food. I feel this is especially important in a book exclusively dedicated to a specific region or nationality so one can see if it looks good to eat. Beyond that many of the spices are specialty items. This is not really a complaint since this is a cookbook dedicated to South Indian food for authentic flavors special ingredients are necessary. So for this I am simplely letting others kno I loved the cookbook. My 9nky complaints are one I am a firm believer cookbooks need pictures of the prepared food. I feel this is especially important in a book exclusively dedicated to a specific region or nationality so one can see if it looks good to eat. Beyond that many of the spices are specialty items. This is not really a complaint since this is a cookbook dedicated to South Indian food for authentic flavors special ingredients are necessary. So for this I am simplely letting others know you may need to look for a specialty shop or order certain spices online before trying some of the recipes. Now as far as what I was able to try I was delighted and I was happy with the flavors and recipes. I recommend it if your looking for some new recipes and want to explore South Indian food.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Sowinski

    I would have like more photos of recipes, and the photos included weren't useful. Don't include a photo of a coconut cut in half, I want to see the finished product! I would have like more photos of recipes, and the photos included weren't useful. Don't include a photo of a coconut cut in half, I want to see the finished product!

  5. 4 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    I used to work for an Indian company and would travel over several times a year. Having spent time throughout India, but mostly in South India, these recipes brought back many memories. My colleagues and the people I met along the way were always excited to share their history and cuisine with me, but I never could get recipes out of them. Knowing that Indian cooking uses spices as medicine, I was excited to review some of the recipes in this book and put them to use. My inflammation is through t I used to work for an Indian company and would travel over several times a year. Having spent time throughout India, but mostly in South India, these recipes brought back many memories. My colleagues and the people I met along the way were always excited to share their history and cuisine with me, but I never could get recipes out of them. Knowing that Indian cooking uses spices as medicine, I was excited to review some of the recipes in this book and put them to use. My inflammation is through the roof and several of the spices in this book are helpful in trying to get this under control. 

Dosas and coconut curry are the one thing I miss the most. Will be trying these recipes out as soon as I am able to get back into the kitchen and experiment. 

A fabulous book for anyone who wants to explore cooking in Southern India.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    The Essential South Indian Cookbook by Srividhya Gopalakrishnan is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early October. This book contains recipes for breakfast items, pickles, sauces (mainly chutney), snacks (mainly fritters), rice & grains, veg, fish/seafood, meats (mainly mutton, but also beef and chicken), and desserts. The use of Times New Roman font for recipe instructions and links make this an exclusively ebook book. These recipes usually serve 5 or 6, there's a scant use of photographs a The Essential South Indian Cookbook by Srividhya Gopalakrishnan is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early October. This book contains recipes for breakfast items, pickles, sauces (mainly chutney), snacks (mainly fritters), rice & grains, veg, fish/seafood, meats (mainly mutton, but also beef and chicken), and desserts. The use of Times New Roman font for recipe instructions and links make this an exclusively ebook book. These recipes usually serve 5 or 6, there's a scant use of photographs and, even if food items and commonality of dishes differ from region to region, there's a big use of perhaps difficult-to-source spices.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan Underbrink

    A big thank you to NetGalley and Callista Press for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. I enjoyed looking at this book and dream about making some of the recipes but I doubt most people can find most of the spices. My ARC did not have any photos either- that would have been nice. A couple of times they have options for substitutions but not often. I have no access to most of the spices and some of the vegetables. I think this is a nice book but probably not for a beginner as I had not A big thank you to NetGalley and Callista Press for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. I enjoyed looking at this book and dream about making some of the recipes but I doubt most people can find most of the spices. My ARC did not have any photos either- that would have been nice. A couple of times they have options for substitutions but not often. I have no access to most of the spices and some of the vegetables. I think this is a nice book but probably not for a beginner as I had not even heard of many of the spices. 3 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Absolutely loved thumbing through this book.Easy to follow recipes. The introduction and history of South India was very interesting.I was happy to see that the author separated out and explained the different states in South India and didn’t just lump it all in one group. Indian cooking may have a lot of ingredients but typically dry spices stay fresh for a long time. The detailed explanation of every recipe definitely had my attention. A must for every foodie who wants to venture beyond butter ch Absolutely loved thumbing through this book.Easy to follow recipes. The introduction and history of South India was very interesting.I was happy to see that the author separated out and explained the different states in South India and didn’t just lump it all in one group. Indian cooking may have a lot of ingredients but typically dry spices stay fresh for a long time. The detailed explanation of every recipe definitely had my attention. A must for every foodie who wants to venture beyond butter chicken. Thankyou Netgalley and Rockbridge press for this ARC

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sudhindra

    Amazing info about south Indian cuisine Amazing book! Lots of recipes and lots of information about south indian food! Good read. . . . . .

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