I’m here today to a book review courtesy of Tuttle Publishing. They have provided me with the book in exchange for this review, but the opinions are all my own. This post also contains affiliate links. Have you ever had a chance to try any Indian dishes? I’ve only dipped in a toe with an occasional chai or curry, but after reading some of the ingredients in the recipes in The Café Spice Cookbook by Hari Nayak, I’m more than ready to go all in.
As soon as you open it, this book will hook you with its mouth-watering table of contents.
After a brief history of Café Spice itself, the author focuses on some basic techniques used throughout the book. He outlines some tools and tips, and then delves into one of my favorite parts of the book: An Introduction to Indian Ingredients. I thought it was really interesting to read about the commonly used spices and foods, learn how to prepare them, and what the differences in them are between the United States and India.
As with many ethnic foods, it appears what many of us think of as Indian food is actually an Americanized version. The first full chapter covers some of the basics in Indian cooking, complete with a curry recipe that might be a little different than we’re used to.
I would love to taste every single thing on this table.
There are many enticing photos throughout the book, but the one complaint I have is that every recipe didn’t have a photo. I like to be able to see what I’m aiming for, and that goes double when I’m trying something completely new to me. For instance, I want to see what this looks like, because it sounds divine:
I loved the step-by-step pics shown with the Whole Wheat Griddle Bread. More like this would be helpful.
I think this Coconut Fudge is my favorite recipe in the entire book. The thought of coconut and cardamom together shot this one to the top of my must-make list.
One thing that can be difficult when making Indian food is finding the right ingredients, so I love that they included a shopping guide with addresses and websites for retailers that carry what you’re looking for.
Aside from the extra photos I wish were included, I thought this book was beautiful to look at, and presented the recipes in a way I didn’t find intimidating at all. I can’t wait to give some of the delicious recipes from The Cafe Spice Cookbook a try!