When it comes to Indian cooking, few, if any, chefs are as talented, celebrated, and adept as the versatile Julie Sahni, whose books and classes have been lauded by everyone from M.F.K. Fisher to Crag Claiborne. Now, she turns her considerable wit, charm, and expertise to demystifying the tantalizing world of Indian cuisine, with recipes clearly explained and presented for cooks at all levels. The dishes include an unusual Nectarine Chutney with Walnuts and Saffron, a delicate, creamy Bangalore Peanut Soup, a sublimely spicy Malabar Coconut Shrimp -- and dozens more with special sections on tandoori grilling, breads and pastries, and, of course, a wealth of vegetarian options. The elegant two-color design is complemented by lush full-color photography, making this an instant classic for any kitchen.