20 July 2019


The Curry House Premium Area has now closed.


Many thanks to all the people who subscribed over the years. The Curry House Premium Area opened to subscribers in October 2004 and closed on 19 July 2019. In those fifteen years, many hundreds of subscribers have downloaded the recipes from my two cookery books. I hope you have enjoyed the recipes and continue to do so from your own copies of the books.

Advance notice of closure was given on 19 May 2018 and final notice on 19 April 2019, in accordance with our terms. For more information, please see our News pages:

Quick Meals from The Curry House
The Curry House Cookery Book

If you own a paperback copy of Quick Meals from The Curry House, there is a new login procedure. Please go here to see the photos of the dishes made from the recipes in the book.

Best wishes,


David Smith








My latest book - The Cooking Colonel of Madras - is out now!


The Cooking Colonel of Madras Arthur Kenney-Herbert was a cavalry officer who served in India during the British Raj. When he arrived in Madras in 1859, the British were still enjoying curry and rice at most meals. Twenty years later, Indian food had gone out of fashion, and European cuisine had become de riguer at dinner parties and banquets.

Using the pen name "Wyvern", Kenney-Herbert wrote Culinary Jottings For Madras in which he gives instructions to British memsahibs on how to manage their servants, give refined dinners, and cook the occasional curry. The book was a huge success, and made Wyvern famous in colonial India.

When he retired to England at the rank of colonel, Wyvern built on his reputation as a culinary authority. He founded a cookery school, gave cooking demonstrations, and wrote books and articles for prestigious magazines.

In this lively and fascinating biography, food historian and author of The Curry House website David Smith charts Wyvern's life and times, recreates his classic recipe for Madras Chicken Curry, and considers his legacy as a Victorian celebrity chef.