December 21, 1986 |
Ismail Merchant's Indian Cuisine (St. Martin's Press: $19.95, 247 pages, illustrated). This small book may not seem a bargain for its high price. But look again. There are wonderful recipes to help one emulate what apparently has become Merchant's trademark, the preparation of gorgeous meals in almost no time with next to no ingredients. This culinary magic, witnessed by friends who have contributed testimonials to the book, may stem from the same sort of organization that has made him a successful film producer.