Book Review

A Feast for the Students of India’s Delectable Culinary History

Posted: June 16, 2016 at 3:13 pm   /   Book Review

Feast and Fasts: A History of Food in India By Colleen Taylor Sen Speaking Tiger; Rs 699 BEFORE I met Colleen Taylor Sen in Chicago in May, she shared with me several lunch options, but I knew I had to have a sub-continental meal with her, for she is without doubt the most diligent chronicler […]

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India’s First Anthology of Gastronomic Writing Underscores Appetising Possibilities of the Infant Genre

Posted: December 27, 2015 at 5:56 pm   /   Book Review

BOOK DETAILS CHILLIES AND PORRIDGE: WRITING FOOD By Mita Kapur HarperCollins India; Rs 499 STAR RATING: ***1/2 MOST people pigeonhole food writing into restaurant reviews and cookbooks, even as the latter stare into obsolescence because of the mushrooming of cookery websites and recipe-sharing groups on Facebook. There’s however a “distinguished strand of literature”, not so […]

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Saransh Goila’s Magical Flying Carpet and His Amazing Food Discoveries Across India

Posted: June 24, 2015 at 5:52 pm   /   Book Review

I FIRST MET Saransh Goila at a Delhi Gourmet Club dinner about three years ago. He had just finished filming Roti Rasta Aur India, the country’s first food road show on Madhuri Dixit Nene and Sanjeev Kapoor’s Food Food channel, and he was introduced to the Club by my good friend Rachel Tanzer, his agent. […]

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Celebrating the Capital of Taste

Posted: November 9, 2014 at 5:48 pm   /   Book Review

Designer Adil I. Ahmad brilliantly recreates the culture of refinement that produced Lucknow’s tradition of gastronomy BOOK DETAILS TEHZEEB: CULINARY TRADITIONS OF AWADH By Adil I. Ahmad. Photographs by Anshika Varma Lustre Press/Roli Books. Price not stated. By Sourish Bhattacharyya FOOD is the expression of the refinement of culture. Few Indian cities express this truism […]

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‘A Fake Nair’ Puts Real Chettinad Cuisine on North Indian Mind Map & Finds A Heritage Gem

Posted: August 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm   /   Book Review

SUMEET NAIR first made headlines when he set up the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and organised the first India Fasion Week in the late 1990s. That was a humongous achievement, for it is hard to get so many creative and opinionated people on to one platform. Nair moved out to pave the way […]

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Korma Konnection: Seeking Food & Adventure in Purani Dilli

Posted: July 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm   /   Book Review

BOOK DETAILS KORMA, KHEER & KISMET: FIVE SEASONS IN OLD DELHI By Pamela Timms Aleph; Rs 395 STAR RATING: ****   WHEN I was invited to an Ashok & Ashok mutton korma lunch by a friend a few years ago, I could smell what awaited me as I made the laborious climb up to his […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Vicky Ratnani & Vidhu Mittal Teach Us How To Go Veggie With Panache

Posted: March 30, 2014 at 5:34 pm   /   Book Review

I STILL can’t forget the wine dinner many moons ago, when my favourite chef, Bill Marchetti, came out of the kitchen and asked me out of the blue: “Are you sick or something, mate?” Taken aback, I asked, “Why?” He answered with a deadpan expression, “Why else would you ask for a vegetarian dish?” Without […]

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With The Penguin Food Guide to India, Charmaine O’Brien Emerges as New Voice of Authority

Posted: January 29, 2014 at 5:31 pm   /   Book Review

AS A food writer with more than a hundred thousand words to show for all the good meals I have had, I wonder at times why the three most encyclopaedic and readable books on Indian cuisine have been written by foreigners. I am referring to Rick Stein’s India: In Search of the Perfect Curry, Christine […]

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