This blog is associated with the ebook, A Short Course in Culinary Experiments: Vegetarian Indian Cuisine for Innovative Non-Experts Presently, this ebook is available in the Amazon Kindle store. Please click on the book cover below, to reach the Amazon Kindle store.
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Should you bother?
What is so different about, A Short Course in Culinary Experiments? If you go to a bookstore or library, you will find numerous books on various cuisines. There are plenty of websites devoted to cooking and/or various types of cuisines. There are television shows about cooking and some of the chefs that appear on TV have celebrity status, with huge following on social media. Thus, there is an overabundance of cookbooks, TV chefs, and information on cuisine. Then, why should you bother about another cookbook and A Short Course in Culinary Experiments, in particular?
In most cookbooks, the author (or authors) would have developed many recipes – some from traditional sources, some new – and described in detail how you could replicate them in your kitchen. Some authors go to the trouble of even explaining which brand of ingredient you should buy. The implication here is that the taste that the author aiming for in a particular preparation is depended on the brand of an ingredient. This is well and good for those who are not very creative; all you have to do is faithfully follow the instructions given in the book. At the end of the cooking process, you will have the dish that is described in the book. In my view, this cooking process is only slightly better than following instructions to heat the pre-packaged frozen food, in the microwave oven. When I see such books, I feel that they may as well come with removable sticker on the back, proclaiming, “Creativity Not Required.” You will not be surprised to learn that there is even a vegetarian cookbook in the “Dummies” series.
For A Short Course in Culinary Experiments, the above sticker or series is not suitable. Here, the appropriate sticker will be, “Creativity Required” or, “Creativity Highly Encouraged.” For each recipe in the book, details are provided so that you will be able to replicate that process in your kitchen. You should not stop there. You should tweak and experiment on the original cooking process by changing ingredients, add or delete things from the original list of ingredients, or the cooking sequence. Consider that the first attempt of your cooking, for a particular dish, as a template for your subsequent experiments. If you have never tried Indian cuisine before, and you are familiar with another culinary tradition, you are immediately at a great advantage. You can combine the Indian cuisine with the things that you already know from your tradition, and the fusion might be better than either of the individual culinary traditions. This is what I meant when said, “Creativity Highly Encouraged.” For most of the preparation described in the book, I have suggested “variations” and “experiments.” No doubt, you will definitely come up with your own “varations” and “experiments.” And if you report your experiments through this blog, other cooking enthusiasts will benefit, the world over. This is also the best way to learn something new, i.e., by way of experimentation and on your own. If these outlines pan out, by the time you reach the end of A Short Course in Culinary Experiments, you must become a better cook than your humble author, for the preparation of Indian vegetarian dishes.
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