Cookbook Review: 660 Curries

by Valerie on January 13, 2010 · 6 comments

Today I wanted to share what is my most recent favorite Indian cookbook, 660 Curries. I own many Indian cookbooks, and this is the one that seems to have all the best features of all of them.  You see, when I got out of college at almost-age 20, I realized that I had to learn how to cook if I was going to eat well and not go broke eating out – at the time, my absolute favorite foods to eat out was Indian food and sushi.  The later, I figured I would leave to the professionals, but set about learning more about the former.  I found two Madhur Jaffrey cookbooks at a second hand bookstore to start off my collection.  In hindsight, I really hit pay dirt with those finds – an early edition of her still very popular Indian Cooking, and a compendium book that holds both her World Vegetarian and World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking – but I digress.  They were great starts to my collection, which I supplemented with Great Curries of India and Quick and Easy Indian Cooking.
Each of those books is wonderful, but I wish I had had 660 Curries all along – it breaks down the different types of spice blends better than all the other books, and gives great information on how to use said spice blends.  It is packed with information, but does not feel overwhelming at all. Some of my favorites from the book are: chickpeas with spinach and mustard seeds (see this post for a picture), fish poached in a coconut coriander sauce, salmon with turmeric and garlic, several of the spinach dishes and, my most recent favorite, sweet-hot yellow split peas (picture below):

Sweet Hot Yellow Split Peas

(note, picture of husband’s plate, which is why you see regular gluten-filled naan in the background)


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren January 18, 2010 at 12:01 am

I'm so glad you posted about this book! I've picked it up and put it back about 20 times. Good to know that it's so useful–I think I may need it now!


2 Melita January 18, 2010 at 12:57 am

this sounds so delish. i love me some indian food so i should definitely check this out. thanks for reviewing it. looking forward to more city girl eats segments. hugs!!


3 RenaissanceTrophyWife January 19, 2010 at 3:17 am

Yum! I love Madhur Jaffrey's cookbooks but am now into one by Monica Bhide, Modern Spice. It's got all the lovely flavors incorporated in contemporary ways– like Indian onion rings with chaat masala, and a whole section on cocktails. Haven't made anything yet but am dying to start!

Your yellow split peas are making me drool, btw.


4 Olivia January 20, 2010 at 1:35 am

This is such a great blog! I will definitely check back for dinner ideas in the future. And thanks for stopping by The View From There–I really appreciate it.


5 Lavanya January 20, 2010 at 2:32 am

the yellow split peas look so yum!!


6 Susan @ SGCC January 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I've had my eye on this cookbook for quite a while. I think I'm going to have to break down and finally buy it.


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