Last year I picked up one cookbook which has become one of my regular “go to’s” when I’m not sure what to make: 500 Indian Recipes by Shehzad Husain, Rafi Fernandez, Mridula Baljekar and Manisha Kanani. I can’t swear by how authentic the recipes are as I’m not the biggest expert on Indian cuisine by a long shot. I can say, however, that the recipes in the book are in general incredibly delicious and not all that difficult to make. Once I stocked up my pantry with some basic Indian spices and ingredients (most of which were easy to locate via Amazon if I couldn’t buy them locally), they were no more difficult to prepare than many of the Italian, Asian, or Mexican dishes I prepare on a regular basis at home.
About the Author
The "South Jersey Foodie" is Nicole Pellegrini, sometimes known as sockii. She enjoys life as a writer, artist, webmaster, crafter and avid food-lover living in some of the last vestiges of active farmland in Gloucester County, New Jersey. She shares her home with her partner David, a podiatrist in Woodbury NJ and their six cats: Peanut, Norman, Sammo, Mischief, George and Benny.
I believe in enjoying life - and that includes enjoying as many different kinds and styles of food as possible. I am an omnivore with a personal passion for small, sustainable, ethical farming and natural foods. I have little patience for the "Food Police" or those who advocate that one dietary plan is the only "right" one for everyone. Find your personal balance and conscience; make food a joy in your life - that's my motto.
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