The author is a pleasant, friendly, knowledgeable gentleman, and his generous tour through Indian cookery has an air of ease and geniality not often met in earnest ""foreign"" cookery manuals. Introducing the relatively simple recipes, the author kindly takes account of our Western supply problems, admitting the difficulty in locating decent coconut and telling us what to do with the wretched sweetened variety to achieve the right effect; several recipes contain a reassuring ""if possible""; and, although there is really no such entity as ""curry"" (seems that this is a collection of spices varying with the dish) Mr. Abdullah does not look askance. As for the recipes-- be prepared for fairly undemanding basics, but many, many spices (the author tells us where these may be purchased). A hardly enormous, but stimulating, collection of dishes, with a chatty group of generalizations about Indian character for an introduction. A nice little book, with price to match.