Parsi Cookbook Review

Parsi Cookbook Review

Title: Parsi: From Persia to Bombay: Recipes & Tales from the Ancient Culture
Author: Farokh Talati
Published: December 6, 2022, Bloomsbury Absolute
No. of Pages: 368
Cover Price: $35.00 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

Anyone who loves Indian food and food from areas close to India will want to immediately pick up Parsi: From Persia to Bombay: Recipes & Tales from the Ancient Culture, by Farokh Talati.
This excellent cookbook covers all the basics, including sauces, chutneys, and pastes such as masala, and making ghee, paneer, and yogurt at home, as well as several items that most of us have probably heard of. There is a good explanation of spices and how they are used in cooking. L
The varied recipes are written in traditional form and are easy to follow - both for beginning and also advanced cooks. Many call for ingredients that make it necessary for a trip to an ethnic grocery store, but that trip is fun and interesting. Some of the recipes are quite exotic, but at the same time, doable, so lovers of food from the East will be able to expand their recipe repertoire.
The recipes are set off by beautiful photographs of some of the dishes, making it fun to choose what to make for dinner. This cookbook will make most lovers of Indian food surprised at the many dishes that aren’t as well-known, but are just as delicious as tikka masala and butter chicken, mainstays of good Indian cuisine. Included are appetizers and snacks, chutneys and sauces, basics, salads, main dishes, sweets, breads, and breakfast fare.
The stories and other prose in this book capture a culture that is foreign to many of us, but is fascinating and gives reasons for the types of cuisine and spices used in it and how they came about.

All told, this is an excellent cookbook with enough recipes to appeal to everyone, even picky eaters who swear they don’t like Indian food.

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

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