Some strong sentiments for and against curry
I am Indian but I am not offended by Charlie, it's all about tastebuds. My husband does not like pasta and italian food in general. I tell him there is a lot more to italian food than just pasta but he does not care to explore.
I am more adventurous but then again I myself prefer Asian food - Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Indian over American food. I would prefer my simple dal and rice with pickle and fire roasted papad over the best gourmet meal in the world.
I think Indian food has a long way to go in US. There is good Indian food in New York, New Jersey, California and Chicago but it's not like U.K. I just got back from Denver and I found the Indian food terrible there and we went to an extremely popular restaurant that had a 5 star user rating.
Remember all Indian food is not curry and not all pungent but that's the general impression of people in US.
If you want to get a good book on authentic Indian cooking I recommend a book by Sanjeev Kapoor.