On the Curry Trail: Chasing the Flavor That Seduced the World (Hardcover)

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This brand new cookbook is phenomenal!  I sat down and read it like a novel when I first grabbed a copy.  The introduction consists of a short history of the variety of dishes that are labeled as ‘curry’ throughout the world, from India following the spice trails into South America.  Curry, as a category, has a remarkably long history that is often tied into human movement and accomplishments, and I found the information fascinating! These recipes are easy to follow, and include options you’ve definitely heard of all the way down the spectrum to brand new options with ingredients you probably haven’t heard of.  I have been loving the recipes I’ve been working through.  Admittedly, I’ve placed some mail orders for spices that are not available in our sleepy mountain town, but they have been well worth it to create authentic and delicious dishes. Substitutions have their place, but I would argue that this book isn’t it. I have always believed that food is often the best way to know people, and this book solidified that mindset in me as gospel. If you loved Korean Vegan or Mi Cocina as masterpieces of culinary knowledge and human resourcefulness, I highly recommend you pick this book up next.



— From Mimetic March Staff Picks Part II


Award-winning author and instructor Raghavan Iyer explores the origin of curry across the globe with 50 recipes in this illustrated cookbook about the simmering, scrumptious history and lore of a globally beloved dish.​   On the Curry Trail is an enlightening journey across Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas to explore the origins of curry and the signature, essential curries of each region. This diaspora of curry brings alive not only the most iconic, category-defining recipes from these continents, but also the history, lore, anecdotes, and familial remembrances that fashion each dish. It delves into the story of curry—what it was and what it is, the places to which it has traveled and the ways it has evolved en route (whether because of local ingredients, cultural tastes, or other factors)—and embraces the many interpretations and definitions of this beloved dish.  It makes the flavors of these scintillating curries accessible to the everyday home cook. On the Curry Trail is at once a mash note and an education—one rich in history and sense of place—that tells the definitive, delectable story of this beguiling dish in 50 irresistible recipes. Illustrations throughout.

About the Author

Raghavan Iyer, an IACP Award–winning Teacher of the Year, is the author of Indian Cooking Unfolded, 660 CurriesBetty Crocker’s Indian Home Cooking, and the James Beard Award Finalist for The Turmeric Trail: Recipes and Memories from an Indian Childhood. He is a spokesperson and recipe consultant to General Mills, Target, and Canola, among others.  Mr. Iyer is also host of the Emmy-winning documentary Asian Flavors. His articles have appeared in print and online in Eating Well, Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, Saveur, and Gastronomica, among others.  Born in Mumbai, Mr. Iyer lives with his family outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Praise For…

"A thoughtful work showcasing the diaspora of a dynamic flavor... Recommended for readers who want not only to make curry from a variety of cultures but also to understand the scope of this far-reaching fare."—Library Journal

“Raghavan Iyer’s love letter to the world’s most beloved comfort food reveals a simple recipe for universal happiness: Explore together the many culinary cultures of curry, savor the differences, then share the love at the dinner table.”—Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club

“This charming, informative book is an invitation to explore the curry diaspora in all its amazing variety. Recipes, stories, and generous background information, together with lively illustrations, come together to give a picture of the way curry – in the form of sauced dishes flavored with an array of spices – has taken root in the cooking traditions of many parts of the world, from Guyana, England, and Japan to South Africa, Portugal, and Malaysia.”—Naomi Duguid, author of The Miracle of Salt and Taste of Persia

“Raghavan Iyer remains the most lucid, wittiest, and best-informed writer about Indian cooking we have. On the Curry Trail is engrossing at every level.”—Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent and Suspect

“I love the way Raghavan Iyer 'peppers’ On the Curry Trail with lively anecdotes and delicious tidbits. His unique voice animates the story of spice in a fresh new way. Everyone will be richer for reading this book!”  —Maya Kaimal, cookbook author and food entrepreneur

“One paragraph of On the Curry Trail and I was stepping into a saga — a grand, complex, and fascinating saga of a dish that began 6,000 years ago in India. Yet now curry’s the chameleon dish, welcomed from Copenhagen to San Francisco, and Paris to Hong Kong. Yes, this book is going into the kitchen — the recipes match the stories. Raghavan Iyer is one of those rare consummate cooks, researchers, and storytellers. Curry is his passion. It shows on the page and on the plate.”—Lynne Rossetto Kasper, author, lecturer, and broadcaster
Product Details
ISBN: 9781523511211
ISBN-10: 1523511214
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication Date: February 28th, 2023
Pages: 208
Language: English