‘Rick Stein’s ‘India: In Search of the Perfect Curry’ is the nation’s best-selling non-fiction hardback.
The book ties in with the chef’s TV series which comprises six 60-minute programmes that follow his travels through the Indian sub-continent, to discover the origins of dishes, ingredients and spices.
In the third episode of ‘Rick Stein’s India’, which airs tonight at 9pm on BBC2, he learns about temple cooking in the southern town of Madurai.
The author at number two in the top 10 list of best sellers is Mary Berry, the celebrated judge of BBC hit show ‘The Great British Bake Off’, with ‘Mary Berry’s Cookery Course: a step-by-step masterclass in home cooking’.
The fourth spot is held by ‘Paul Hollywood’s Bread’, written by Paul Hollywood, the artisan baker and Mary’s fellow judge on ‘The Great British Bake Off’.
Next at number five is ‘The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries’ by hirsute TV twosome Si King and Dave Myers. It is followed by Jamie Oliver’s ‘Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals’ in sixth position.
‘Sunshine on a Plate’ by Shelina Permalloo is in seventh place. Last year more than 6.5 million viewers watched Shelina triumph in the final of BBC cookery series ‘MasterChef’, inspiring legions of home cooks to try out her spicy Mauritian recipes at home. Mauritius is a melting pot of cultures and Shelina’s food reflects that, encompassing Creole, French, Indian, African, British and Chinese influences.
This book chart is complied by Nielsen Bookscan TCM, which collates from over 6,500 outlets representing over 90% of retail book purchases in UK. It appeared in the June 30 issue of ‘The Mail on Sunday’s’ ‘Event’ magazine.