Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Book Review: JB Lobo's Home Encyclopaedia

JB Lobo's Home Encyclopedia is the only recipe book my grandmother ever referred to when cooking, so almost every woman in my family has a copy.

The book is plain text, there are no glossy pictures and an average of 3-4 recipes on each page. A bare bones recipe book, it expects the reader to have a good grasp of cooking.

It does have some rare recipes like that for suckling pig Manglorean style that are difficult to find elsewhere. While it claims to have recipes from other parts of the world, remember that this book was written over 25 years ago, so those recipes aren't completely authentic. But the Manglorean recipes are really good.

More than half the book is taken by the home encyclopedia which has home remedies for everything from sore eyes to snake bites and scorpion stings. There is a section on how to guard against burglars, how to clean ivory articles and how to buy a cow by checking her udders. There is even a section on sex education.

While the book at 900+ pages is quite heavy, only 250 pages or so are dedicated to recipes. I do wish they would come out with a version that has just the recipes. It would be so much easier to manage while trying to cook from it.

The book is also published in Kannada as Gruha Sangaathi & I think it has both a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian version.

Rating : 4 / 5


Shireen Sequeira said...

The book has a Konkani version too called 'Sambardo' which has fewer international/north indian recipes than its English counterpart. I picked up a Hindi version as well from Mangalore Stores in Mumbai where the copies are stocked most of the time or available on request.

Karishma Pais said...

Thanks for the information, Shireen. I'm sure it will help my readers from Bombay.

In Mangalore, it is available at School Book Company and Gerosa Stores near Milagres Church

Sanjay Vaidya said...

I brought it from Jerosa Publishing company opp Mialgres church,Hampankayya,Mangalore Karnataka 575001.Tel : 0824.2423870 The 11th edition now in print Rs 245+courier charges.

Vijayalakshmi Jagannathan said...

can I get this book in Bangalore?

Karishma Pais said...

I'm not sure if it is available in a bookstore in Bangalore, but you can try ordering it from Mangalore - Jerosa Publishing. Contact details are given a comment above yours

sathish said...

Hi am looking for the same book for my dad but in tamil version.

Aks said...

Hey shireen im frm mumbai ...i tried to search fr this book in many manglore strores bt didn't find it anywhere . Can u pls tel me the complete adress of the mangalore store frm where u gt ur copy

Michael rodrigues said...

Hi. I am the publisher of this book. Thank You for all the good reviews.
This book is available in Jerosa, sapna book house, school book company, navakarnataka for mangaloreans; Bangalore- sapna book house, navakarnataka; Mumbai- David and company, St paul Book center. If you have anymore queries please feel free to contact +919986401025.


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