Chai, Chaat & Chutney

Mitchell Beazley: Octopus. Sept. 2017. 240p. photos. index. ISBN 9781784722876. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781784723033. COOKING
After appearing on The Great British Baking Show and debuting a baking book (The Cardamom Trail), Makan acquaints readers with another of her passions: India's street food. Sharing recipes from the country's four biggest cities—Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Delhi—she takes readers on a culinary excursion marked by vibrant flavors and colors. Spicy dishes such as tamarind-stuffed chilies, hot-and-spicy chili chicken, and simple fish curry will tickle your tastebuds; cool them off with one of the book's many flatbreads, beverages, and chilled desserts. U.S. readers should expect some weight-based measurements and will find it helpful to have a blender.
VERDICT Many cooks will enjoy Makan's easy-to-follow recipes for craveable snacks and small plates. Also recommend Denise D'silva Sankhé's Beyond Curry Indian Cookbook or Susan Feniger's Street Food.
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