Title: Indian Takeaway: One Man’s Attempt To Cook His Way Home
Author: Hardeep Singh Kohli
Verdict: Hilarious and superbly written. A must read.
Similar to: Julie and Julia by Julie Powell.
I’m a foodie with a fascination of Indian food, going so far as two Indian cooking classes, and regular attempts to make my own roti and dal. I’ve also got a soft spot for the author, Hardeep Singh Kohli, so my review is likely to be slightly biased.
I first encountered Kohli via the 2006 UK Celebrity MasterChef TV series. A quietly-spoken, colourful man with a wicked self-deprecating humour, which comes across so well in this book.
A Glaswegian Indian Sikh who feels he doesn’t quite belong, goes searching for his identity in India, cooking (with various degrees of success) quintessential British food for those he meets.
“But suddenly I am meek, compromising, and irresolute. I can’t cook a plate of stovies in a five-star hotel for an internationally trained chef and his team. It would be mental. How could I possibly convey to them the myriad reasons for what is effectively a plate of carbohydrate-heavy brown sludge that tastes of comfort? I can’t do it.” p. 51.
Hilarious and superbly written. A must read.