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Backlog of Books and What We've Cooked So Far...

Updated: Jun 12, 2019

As the number of people on the Pune group increases, it becomes a no brainer that everyone asks for new rules, a backlog, a summary of books cooked out of, so far and such...

Books are the lowest hanging fruit.

Rules were set-up last year and are here:

The backlog of books, as an image, is here:

And there's a brief description about each book, happily lifted from goodreads:


Yotam Ottolenghi’s award-winning recipes are always a celebration: an unforgettable combination of abundance, taste and surprise. SIMPLE is no different, with 120 brand-new dishes that contain all the inventive elements and favour combinations that Ottolenghi is loved for, but with minimal hassle for maximum joy.

S – short on time: less than 30 minutes I – 10 ingredients or less M – make ahead P – pantry L – lazy E – easier than you think

Amazon Link: Flipkart Link: Price: 1300 INR or thereabouts


In this baking and desserts cookbook Yotam Ottolenghi and his long-time collaborator Helen Goh bring fresh, evocative ingredients, exotic spices and complex flavourings - including fig, rose petal, saffron, aniseed, orange blossom, pistachio and cardamom - to indulgent cakes, biscuits, tarts, puddings, cheesecakes and ice cream.Sweet includes over 110 innovative recipes.

Amazon Link: Flipkart Link: Price: 1600 INR or thereabouts


This exclusive collection of vegetarian recipes is drawn from Yotam Ottolenghi's column 'The New Vegetarian' for the Guardian's Weekend magazine and features both brand-new recipes and dishes first devised for that column. Yotam's food inspiration comes from his strong Mediterranean background and his unapologetic love of ingredients. Featuring vibrant, evocative food photography from acclaimed photographer Jonathan Lovekin, and with Yotam's voice and personality shining through, Plenty is a must-have for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike.

Amazon Link: Flipkart Link: Price: 1400 INR or thereabouts


With influences from the Mediterranean, Southern Europe and the Middle East, Turkish-Cypriot food offers incredible flavour combinations unique to its region. Oklava: The Cookbook celebrates the culinary delights of this area in a way no cookbook has done before. Oklava translates simply as 'rolling pin'. For Selin Kiazim, this word conjures up memories of her Turkish-Cypriot grandmother: a rolling pin was never far from her hands, which meant a delicious treat was imminent. The same can be said for this book.

These sensational recipes will take you on a journey from home-cooked meals and summers spent in North Cyprus to an exciting interpretation of modern Turkish-Cypriot cooking in London.

Amazon Link: Flipkart Link: Price: 1800 INR or thereabouts

Bong Mom's Cookbook

Sandeepa Mukherjee Datta blogger, foodie and mother of two strives to make this book possible in her own life, and yours. This delicious book travels from Sandeepa's grandmother's kitchen in north Calcutta to her home in a New York suburb through heart-warming anecdotes and quick-easy recipes. Find out how to cook the classic kosha mangsho, throw in a few mushrooms to improvise on the traditional posto, make your own paanch-phoron, learn how to make the traditional paayesh.

Though the book is not a cookbook in the strict sense but an enticing mix of food related anecdotes and traditional Bengali recipes, this new woman's spin on old traditions, Bong Mom's Cookbook is a must-have kitchen supplement for Bongs and non-Bongs alike.

Amazon Link: Flipkart Link: Price: 350 INR or thereabouts

Tasty Ultimate Tasty Ultimate is THE must-have companion for home cooks of all skill levels—whether you’re a sometimes cook or a master meal prepper. With 150 recipes, clever hacks, and must-know techniques, this cookbook will teach you how to kill it in the kitchen. In no time at all, you’ll be poaching like a pro, searing perfectly tender steaks, chopping veggies at warp speed, and frosting cakes better than Betty Crocker.

Amazon Link: Flipkart Link: - Price: 2000 INR or thereabouts

The Perfect Scoop With an emphasis on intense and sophisticated flavors and a bountiful helping of chef David Lebovitz's expert techniques, this collection of frozen treats ranges from classic (Chocolate Sorbet) to comforting (Tin Roof Ice Cream), contemporary (Mojito Granita) to cutting edge (Pear-Pecorino Ice Cream), and features an arsenal of sauces, toppings, mix-ins, and accompaniments (such as Lemon Caramel Sauce, Peanut Brittle, and Profiteroles) capable of turning simple ice cream into perfect scoops of pure delight.

Five Morsels of Love

Five Morsels of Love is a collection of over 100 heirloom recipes based on G Nirmala Reddy’s 1974 South Indian cookbook Vanita Vanṭakālu. In Five Morsels of Love, Nirmala Reddy’s granddaughter Archana captures a cross-section of their family recipes along with anecdotal stories and narrative introducing the reader to the flavours of the South Indian state Andhra Pradesh. The cookbook has detailed, well-curated and tested recipes ranging from wholesome vegetarian curries to spicy chicken curries to fiery spice powders to flavorful biryanis to celebratory sweets and all day snacks. Five Morsels of Love was shortlisted for the 2017 Art of Eating prize awarded to the year's best book about food.

Amazon Link: - Flipkart Link: - Link to buy: Price: 2000 INR or thereabouts

The Banh Mi Handbook Created by Vietnamese street vendors a century or so ago, banh mi is a twist on the French snack of pâté and bread that is as brilliant as it is addictive to eat. Who can resist the combination of crisp baguette, succulent filling, and toppings like tangy daikon and carrot pickles, thin chile slices, refreshing cucumber strips, and pungent cilantro sprig?

Amazon Link: Flipkart Link: Price: 1000 INR or thereabouts


Yasmin Khan unlocks the flavours and fragrances of modern Palestine, from the sun-kissed pomegranate stalls of Akka, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, through evergreen oases of date plantations in the Jordan Valley, to the fading fish markets of Gaza City. In each place she visits, Yasmin Khan enters the kitchens of Palestinians of all ages and backgrounds, discovering the secrets of their cuisine and sharing heart-lifting stories.

Amazon Link: Flipkart Link: Price: 1700 INR or thereabouts

Slow 'Sometimes I feel out of sync with the modern approach to cooking, which seems to be all about putting convenience over quality. Our obsession with speed and ease is leading us towards a place where we are in danger of losing an appreciation of the joys of technique and process, what it means to really pour love and care into the food we are cooking and growing.' Over 80 recipes by Gizzi Erskine you can give yourself permission to take time over.

Amazon Link: Flipkart Link: Price: 1700 INR or thereabouts


There are few books that offer home cooks a new way to cook and to think about flavour—and fewer that do it with the clarity and warmth of Nik Sharma's Season. Season features 100 of the most delicious and intriguing recipes you've ever tasted, plus 270 of the most beautiful photographs ever seen in a cookbook. It's a personal journey that opens new vistas in the kitchen, including new methods and integrated by a marvellous use of spices. Even though these are dishes that will take home cooks and their guests by surprise, rest assured there's nothing intimidating here. Season, like Nik, welcomes everyone to the table!

Amazon Link: Flipkart link: Price: 2000 INR or thereabouts

The Foodhall Cookbook

Seven 5-star chefs share their recipes in this the first cookbook from India's food superstore - Foodhall. Curated by one of the finest food and ingredients stores in India, this book presents 75 recipes from around the world shared by star chefs - from modern European to Asian, contemporary Indian to the Mediterranean, and not-to-be-missed dream desserts - as well as the food philosophy of each region.

Amazon Link: Flipkart link: Price: 700 INR or thereabouts

Pure Vegetarian Cookbook

The key to the best vegetarian food of the Tamil world is home-style cooking. Prema Srinivasan leads us to that world with her Pure Vegetarian Cookbook, a guide which will have cooks and foodies perking up their ears and cleansing their palates in anticipation. This book is a much-needed addition to the library of any discerning gourmet, or anyone with an interest in the food and culture of Tamil India.

Amazon Link: Flipkart link: Price:700 INR or thereabouts

Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It

Do you relish the joys of hot toast spread with your own homemade butter and jam? Love to dazzle your friends with jars and tins of choice goodies–all created by you? The kitchen is a paradise for crafty cooks, and whether you’re a newcomer to the realm of amateur artisanal edibles or a seasoned food crafter on the prowl for your next batch of appetizing challenges, Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It has 75 recipes that range from perfect pantry staples (Butter, Crackers, Pasta) to festive giftables (Toasted Walnut Brandy, Lemon Curd, Peanut Butter Cups); some give quick gratification (Mayonnaise, Rumkirschen, Potato Chips), while others reward patience (Gravlax, Ricotta Salata, Kimchee). Practical prep-ahead and storage instructions accompany each recipe, several give variations (like Caramelized Onion and Thyme Butter–yum), and most share ideas on how to use it, serve it, and give it away.

Amazon Link: Flipkart link: - Price: 1600 INR or thereabouts

The books we've cooked out of so far, by month and city, are in an image here:

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