If you’re getting into Indian cooking at home, you’re in for a treat: The cuisine is as diverse as it is delicious. But with seemingly endless cookbooks to choose from, your starting point might not be clear. So we tapped two experts in the field for their opinions: Urvashi Pitre, a cookbook author and the voice behind the food blog Two Sleevers, and Priya Krishna, a food writer for Bon Appétit and The New York Times and author of Indian-ish.
Choosing the single best Indian cookbook is nearly impossible, so we whittled the list down to the top ten, focusing on ones that provided clear, fail-proof recipes and a diversity of dishes and were all-around delightful to read and cook through. As you decide on the right book for you, Pitre offers this reassurance for any amateur chefs: “When people think they can’t cook Indian food, know that 12-, 13- and 14-year-olds in India are doing it. The key is finding a recipe writer who simplifies things and has good, reliable recipes.” Thanks to Pitre’s and Krishna’s recs, we’ve got that last part covered. You’ve got the rest.