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Cookbook Review: “Anglo-Indian Cookery” by Errol Anderson

Anglo-Indians are either a mix of British and Indian ancestry, or of British descent and born in India. This cultural group has developed its own cuisine, fusing both British and Indian cooking techniques and flavors. Anglo-Indian Cookery shares a selection of well-known dishes from this culture.

Cookbook Review: "Anglo-Indian Cookery" by Errol Anderson

Summary of Anglo-Indian Cookery

The author immigrated from India to the U.K. and found himself missing the foods he had grown up with. So he learned from his mother how to cook them himself and gathered the best into this cookbook.

The book is organized into the following categories:

  • Soups
  • Fries
  • Curries
  • Sundries (sides)
  • Desserts
  • Homemade Wines

What Worked for Me

  • There is a nice variety of recipes and the photography is not intrusive.
  • There are guidelines and charts to help you understand the basics of Anglo-Indian cooking.
  • The book stays open for most pages, so it is easy to use while making a specific dish.
  • The recipes are laid out nicely and easy to follow.

What Didn’t Work for Me

The introduction and non-recipe text are very poorly written. I had to read them a few times to understand what Errol was trying to communicate. That said, that’s not why you’d buy this cookbook, so it shouldn’t make too much of a difference.

What I’d Love to See in the Second Edition

I would love to see the book professionally edited and the introductory text massaged so that it read well. The author has an interesting story to share, but the current writing just doesn’t do it justice.

Recommendation for Anglo-Indian Cookery

If you like Anglo-Indian food this might be a good addition to your cookbook library.

Rating for Anglo-Indian Cookery

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Specs

Full Title: Anglo-Indian Cookery – A Selection of well-known dishes
Author: Errol Anderson
Format: Paperback, 108 pages
Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limited
Language: English
ISBN-10: 178148970X
ISBN-13: 978-1781489703

Anglo-Indian Cookery cover

Pick up your copy on Amazon.com here.

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you’ve read past book reviews, you’ll know that I don’t pull my punches when I believe they are warranted. I also try to provide balanced information so you can make your own decision to read or not read the book, even if you disagree with my opinion.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.