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Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery was a guide to another world

The actor-turned-cookery writer saved us from terrible British versions of curry and taught us how to roast and grind spicesIn 1982 the food writer and novelist Sue Lawrence was in the depths of early motherhood. “But on Monday nights at 7pm the baby could cry all it wanted,” she says. “I had an appointment with the TV. Everybody stopped for it.” The programme which brought a slab of Britain to the sofa was Indian Cookery, presented by the actor turned food writer Madhur Jaffrey. “The show was a revelation,” Lawrence says. “She just demystified everything. We all rushed out to buy the accompanying book.” Continue reading…