Manju’s Cookbook: Vegetarian Gujarati Indian Recipes from a Much-Loved Family Restaurant

Ryland Peters & Small. Oct. 2023. 176p. ISBN 9781788795593. $30. COOKING
In her first cookbook, Patel shares the recipes for food served at her family’s popular Indian restaurant, Manju’s, in the UK. Foodies will be drawn by the vivid photography, which makes every dish look absolutely mouthwatering. Patel writes the recipes and their introductions in a conversational manner that provides the accessibility that many cookbook enthusiasts long for—a moment where imagination, ability, and practicality meet, allowing anyone perusing the book to realize that they actually can make these delectable dishes in their kitchen. Add to that the details Patel has included about her family life, historical insight that add to the depth of wisdom she projects, and explanations of Gujarati culture, and the result is a remarkable vegetarian cookbook from a chef with over 70 years of experience feeding family, friends, and customers.
VERDICT A delightful addition to public library cookbook collections; it will circulate well.
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