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<JLn Extraordinary Vegetarian Quisine j^fthe diet is pure the mind will be pure,"
wrote Manu, the great Hindu lawgiver, "and if the mind is pure the intellect will be
pure." Purity of mind and spirit is a cardinal Hindu virtue, ranking in importance
with self-control, detachment and nonviolence. For many millions of Indians the
purity of the mind and spirit demands a diet of such rigid vegetarianism that in
addition to meat, fish and fowl, eggs are also forbidden. To some, even such ...
The South, for the most part, remained vegetarian, partly in defense of its
religious traditions, partly because it was less affected by Moghul rule, partly from
a chronic disdain for the lax, easily swayed, luxury-loving and unorthodox North
— and mostly because it is a less affluent and more densely populated region.
The cooking of the South and the South-Central states of India contains several
quite distinct regional cuisines, each with its special characteristics, styles and
Is a vegetarian meal "hearty"? Is it nutritionally well-balanced? Does it look
appetizing? Is it going to have the pallid air of dishes of boiled Brussels sprouts
and potatoes (remember, I'd been in England for some years), without the
comforting presence of roast beef to make it a real meal? In a way, a whole shift
of perspective is needed to understand and accept the dominant fact that Indian
vegetarians aren't trying to make a meatless meal look, taste, smell or feel like a
meal with meat.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bookczuk - LibraryThing
I got this for myself in the late 70's to learn Indian cookery. I did. I still love this set. Packing away now as we declutter the house, preparing to put it on the market. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - baswood - LibraryThing
This superbly illustrated coffee table book published by Time Life Books should not stay on the coffee table; it belongs in the kitchen. It is just as well that the coffee table size book is ... Read full review