I’m a big-time foodie but when it comes to cooking, I go for preparing dishes and meals that require the least effort. So, DIY recipes that demand time and a lot of ingredients that would require me to go out of my way, are a big no-no for me. This becomes another negative when the ingredients to be used would then lie ignored in some corner of my pantry for months. So I go for dishes that are easy to make with whatever ingredients I use in my regular cooking. That’s one major reason why I liked Cooking with Shail a lot.
What I liked about the book:
- Most of the recipes are really practical and easy. The ingredients are those that are easily available in most Indian kitchens and we don’t need to go out of the way to buy them or grab hold of them from some exotic supermarket.
- The recipes are a mix of main dishes, appetizers, and desserts. This means your sweet and salty tooth is both taken care of, depending on the size of your hunger and time of the day + occasion.
- Each recipe is given along with a photo of the dish prepared by the author herself, giving us an idea of what it will or should look like.
What I did not like about the book:
- It would have been great if the recipes were linked with video tutorials. Being someone who is more of a look-and-learn person, rather than a read-and-learn person, especially when it comes to cooking, I found only theoretical learning a bit off-putting.
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