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#Review: Lazzatnama by Pushpesh Pant

Author: Pushpesh Pant
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Rating: 4/5

“Lazzatnama” by renowned food critic and historian Pushpesh Pant is a culinary journey through the diverse landscapes of Indian cuisine. Pant invites readers into a world rich with the unique tastes, aromas, and visuals of Indian cooking. The book spans recipes from all corners of India, showcasing the delightful sweetness of Gujarati kadhi, the vibrant flavours of meen biryani, the comforting gulab ki kheer, and the refreshing bael ka sherbet. Each recipe is meticulously detailed, reflecting the cultural richness and culinary heritage of India.

Pant’s passion for Indian cuisine is evident in his vivid descriptions and carefully curated recipes. He not only presents the dishes but also delves into their historical and cultural significance, making “Lazzatnama” more than just a cookbook—it’s an exploration of India’s gastronomic traditions. The recipes are accessible, encouraging both novice and experienced cooks to recreate these dishes at home, bringing the flavours of India into their kitchens.

However, it is worth noting that “Lazzatnama” is not unique in its genre. The market is abundant with similar works by authors like Madhur Jaffrey, Sanjeev Kapoor, and Tarla Dalal, who have also explored the vast and varied Indian culinary traditions. These books, much like “Lazzatnama,” offer comprehensive guides to regional recipes and cooking techniques, making the exploration of Indian cuisine accessible to home cooks worldwide. Despite this, Pant’s authoritative voice and deep knowledge of Indian food culture make “Lazzatnama” a valuable addition to any culinary library, especially for those looking to dive deeper into the nuances of Indian cooking.

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