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Apr 21, 2014 08:30 PM

COTM May 2014 Announcement Thread: My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Cooking by Niloufer Ichaporia King

The winner of this round of voting for the Cookbook of the Month this May 2014 is My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Home Cooking by Niloufer Ichaporia King.

This month promises to be very exciting with lots of exotic and interesting recipes, even for those of us who are quite familiar with the cuisines of India.

Please feel free to use this thread to discuss the upcoming COTM while we wait for May to begin.

If you are interested in viewing the threads that got us here please see the following:

Nomination Thread

Voting Thread

I have spent a bit of time looking for online recipes and it would seem that there are a fair number of recipes visible on google books or as sample pdf chapters, but not as many available through regular online searches (ie. websites/blogs). That said, I have come across a few and will add more as time allows. Plus I am sure many of my fellow COTM participants might weigh in with their sleuthing.

Also, as I was a bit pressed, I have not confirmed with certainty that the below are true to the book but they did come up in my search.

Everyday Dal, New Year's Milk Shake, Eggs on Potato Chips

Akuki, Cardamom Cake, Ginger and Cucumber Salad

Parsi Tomato Chutney

One Hundred Almond Curry

Parsi Style Turkey Burgers

Dhana Jiru

Dhansak Dal

Have a great evening all and can't wait till May.

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  1. Thanks Delys. I just ordered the book and know there will be some recipes we'll be able to make this month, unlike the last few months.

    1. My copy of book is waiting for me to pick up at library

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        1. re: dkennedy

          Just went by the library and picked up my copy of My Bombay Kitchen as well as The New Persian Kitchen. I have to say, both look very enticing. I would happily cook from TNPK next month if it is nominated again. In any case, I think we are in for a treat this month.

          After looking over the book, it is very familiar to me so I think I may have checked it out in the past (perhaps when it was nominated another time?) and I remember how fascinating I found the whole Parsi subculture. I will enjoy learning more about it - again.

          I will say I am very into My Paris Kitchen right now and I can't imagine cooking out of anything else at the moment. I will be making recipes number 2 and 3 tonight for dinner (celery root salad and buckwheat ham and cheese crepes). As of today I have read through p. 185 and want to make every single thing I have read about!

        2. re: jpr54_1

          I'm really sad that my library doesn't have this. I'd be thrilled to cook from it. Wish there were more recipes on the web. Maybe we'll find more over the next few weeks.

        3. Wow, I'm super excited!!! I never thought this book would gain enough support to become COTM. I've had it for a while, had good results from things I've made, and am very excited about the chance to delve into it more!

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          1. re: Westminstress

            What would you say were the standouts so far?

            1. re: ChrisOfStumptown

              Well, the Cardamom Cake for sure, and I've also made the Everyday Dal several times. It is a very simple dal, but also comforting, a mild dal, but in a good way.

          2. I'm looking forward to May! I've had the book for quite a while but can't recall making anything from it.

            1. I'm not sure I'll actually be able to get the book, as it is says 2 to 4 weeks for shipping from and it isn't available at all from other Canadian booksellers (Chapters/Indigo). will get it here in time with the rush shipping, but that brings the cost with duty to $35, which would be ok if I were sure about the book, but it is tough to say site unseen.

              Also, it doesn't seem to be available as an Ebook on either of the platforms I use, Kindle or Ipad.

              I might have to try the library.

              Don't want to sound like I'm complaining but it shouldn't be that hard to get a book these days.

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              1. re: delys77

                Delys, I have the book coming to me at the library but I am pretty sure I won't to buy it and was checking around. Chapters has it in stock:

                Pretty sure they offer free shipping and the price is comparable to Amazon. I am planning to stop by a store tonight to see if they have it on the shelf and what is the price difference.

                1. re: herby

                  Thanks Herby, I literally checked yesterday morning and I swear it said out of stock.

                  1. re: delys77

                    I stopped by a store tonight and it wasn't on the shelves but they said it is available on-line. Maybe on-line store re-stocked since you checked :)

                    1. re: herby

                      yup it is in stock, but still $35 with shipping since it is under the minimum for free shipping. Not complaining, but thinking I might sit this one out since I'm not sold on the book and it is proving difficult to get. I'm sure one of those with the book can share the page numbers with me for the purposes of posting the thread. I looked at google books to see if I could get the table of contents but it isn't there.

                      1. re: delys77

                        Delys, it is indexed on EYB - - all recipes and ingredients. My copy has finally arrived at my branch of the library and I plan to pick it up tonight. Let me know if I can look something up for you.

                2. re: delys77

                  I hear you. I'm really shocked that my library doesn't have it.

                  1. re: delys77

                    E-book in Adobe PDF format is offered by publisher UCPress - here is the link

                    1. re: delys77

             lists a bunch of used copies....