Oh! Calcutta Cookbook by Anjan Chaterjee

Oh! Calcutta Cookbook by Anjan Chaterjee

Oh! Calcutta Cookbook by Anjan Chatterjee, the man behind the specialty restaurants like Oh! Calcutta, Mainland China.

The book is new in many ways: the contents at the beginning of the book have only the names of the chapters but these are well detailed in the index. The index is not alphabetical but topic wise. Looking at the contents at the beginning of the book, we can actually not tell what recipes would comprise the book.

The black and white sketches are very beautiful especially, the ikka, the ambassador car and the tea set. The introduction is very impressive. The editor deserves credit for keeping the introduction as it would be typed by not justifying the alignment. It gives a very homely feel to the introduction. The ikka watermark/ footnote at the bottom of each page is very reminiscent of Calcutta. The cooking techniques have been very well illustrated at the beginning of the book.

What could have been done (my thoughts entirely):
1. The paper used for the printed instructions could have been non-glossy, it is easier to read a non-glossy paper, less strain to the eyes
2. All the recipes could have been accompanied by photographs on the corresponding sheets (glossy paper would have done well here) so that we could know what it would look like
3. Handy tips and notes could have been footnoted.

Book Source: Bought
Publisher: Random House India

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