The Three Sisters are actually three sisters who were born in Kashmir but brought up in Derbyshire. They learned to cook from watching their mother and grandmother cooking for large family gatherings, but when they had their own families realised they needed to simplify the recipes to fit in with the hectic modern lifestyle and smaller families. The book contains delicious and authentic recipes to make at home which definitely sounded ideal to try.
The cover is instantly appealing with with its pink and turquoise colouring and gold embossing. It hints at exotic pleasures inside. The pictures of the food inside will make your mouth water. The book begins with an introduction which looks at the food of India and talks about Street Food Vendors, who cook their wares on the street for all to enjoy. It gives you a taste of the colours and contrasts in India and it had me wanting to get cooking. The next section tells you how to be quick and easy in your cooking, which gives you great ideas for getting prepared in the kitchen. I love the time saving ideas and the list of store cupboard ingredients is very handy. We then have a section which looks at The Spice Box. I am always bewildered by the range of spices you can buy and this gives you a good overview of which ones it is good to have in for the basic curry recipe.
We then move on to the recipes themselves which are divided into eight different sections. From Little Snack and Starters, Chicken, Lamb, Fish and Prawns, Vegetable Dishes, Rice, Beans and Lentils, Chutneys and Raita to Desserts and Drinks, the full range is covered. The recipes are shown on double pages, one page for the recipe and one for a stunning photograph of the dish.
Each recipe has the Indian name with the English translation underneath. The recipes are set out clearly with the ingredients on one side, a list of spices to the right of this and finally the instructions on making the meal. At the end of some recipes you will find a little note about the origins of the dish or why this is a favourite recipe.
I love this book, it has inspired me to do some Indian cooking. It is a book that is worth having on your bookshelf just for the pictures, I can easily pick this up and look though it for a few minutes reading pleasure. The recipes are also easy to follow and my husband is very pleased I am now trying some Indian cooking.
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Disclosure: I was sent a copy of the cookbook in order to do an honest review. I was not told what to write and my opinions are my own.