Curry Compendium Cookbook Review

Curry Compendium Cookbook Review

Title: Curry Compendium: Misty Ricardo's Curry Kitchen
Author: Richard Sayce
Published: September 10, 2021, Misty Ricardo's Curry Kitchen
No. of Pages: 320
Cover Price: £24.99 Hardcover

Anyone who has eaten at one of the many hundreds of Indian restaurants in Britain knows how fabulous the curries are there. And believe it or not, in Britain there are even excellent curries in the deli cases of the larger grocery stores (very unlike what you get in US grocery delis – the curries are actually edible and delicious). Up to now it’s been quite difficult to make good British curry at home, but Richard Sayce, who is considered an expert on British Curries, has made it easy in his excellent cookbook, Curry Compendium: Misty Ricardo's Curry Kitchen. The varieties of curry in this book are endless, and include traditional and unique new curries.

This beautiful cookbook will educate everyone – from beginners to seasoned cooks – on the basics of British Indian Restaurant Curry (BIR) including spices, pantry supplies, and most importantly, step by step photographs to making perfect curry every time. Sayce has included a chapter on making premixed spices at home so they can be at the ready whenever someone craves curry, and also how to precook the meats for curries. No need to use jarred sauces (which really aren’t very good anyway). Once a few recipes are followed in this book, having to go out for curry will be a thing of the past. There are also recipes for traditional accompaniments, such as Onion Bhaji, pakoras, and samosas. This cookbook also includes gorgeous photographs.

Since this excellent cookbook is published in Britain, it can be obtained on the British Amazon website (, and it is worth it. Of course the measurements in the recipes are British, but there is a table to convert the ingredients to American measurements.

This is by far the best curry cookbook out there. Anyone who wants to master good curries at home will consider this a “must have” cookbook. It will be used over and over and will keep curry lovers happy with new curries for months on end.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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