Review by Magda
This amazing book has a subtitle, “Cookery Book and Highly Subjective Guide to Bombay with Map.” And this is pretty much exactly what it is. It is a tour guide of India’s most cosmopolitan city of Bombay ( known as Mumbai since the 1990s), taking us on a culinary tour around the city, established by the Portuguese in the 16th century, on a cluster of tropical islands at the edge of the Arabian Sea. The book contains pictures and detailed recipes of dishes and cocktails that made this city a unique culinary destination. Dishoom describes the renowned mango fruit season and the regional exotic spices and ingredients. While turning pages, you can almost smell the curry leaves, the cardamom, saffron, tamarind, the masala spices, and chutneys. The book is also full of historic photographs of famous Mumbai landmarks, The Gate of India, the Taj Mahal Hotel, and the old neighborhoods of Bandra and Colaba, which every tourist must visit. Another great staycation or trip planning book for better times. After reading this book, you will be craving Indian food or even want to learn to cook a few recipes yourself to experience Mumbai in your own kitchen. The end of the book contains a Recommended Reading list which is full of classics and contemporary books about this great city. This book is a celebration of a city and its food.