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FORTUNE COOKIE: Recipes for a Multitasking Generation

Posted: January 30, 2014 at 2:17 pm   /   Fortune Cookie

A NEW generation of cookbook writers are rewriting the ground rules of the craft. It may be because of the criticism that their recipes are meant to be admired for the pictures that accompany them because they are impossible to follow. Elaborate recipe requiring numerous ingredients and many stages of cooking may demonstrate the prowess […]

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FORTUNE COOKIE: Vikas Khanna’s Gastronomic Romp Across India for Fox Traveller

Posted: January 16, 2014 at 2:11 pm   /   Fortune Cookie

HE MAY have fed the Obamas and Junoon, the hugely popular New York restaurant whose kitchen he helms, may have got a Michelin star, but Vikas Khanna doesn’t require much goading to slip into charming rusticity of the kind that he says his core audience of “mummyjis and auntiejis” finds reassuring. His travelling food show […]

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FORTUNE COOKIE: Meet the Man Who Invented Tuna Pizza

Posted: December 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm   /   Fortune Cookie

A COUPLE of months back, Ankur Chawla, ex-Taj staffer and author of 14 Hours, a gripping first-person account of the 26/11 terror attacks, was remembering Masaharu Morimoto from the pre-opening days of Wasabi, the Japanese-American chef’s signature restaurant at the Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi. Chawla said he was taken by surprise to see […]

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FORTUNE COOKIE: Scotch Whisky Industry Fights Not Quite An Angelic Thirst

Posted: December 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm   /   Fortune Cookie

THE Angels’ Share is an expression whisky insiders have laughed and agonised about forever, but few outside this charmed circle knew about it till left-wing UK filmmaker Ken Loach‘s gritty comedy by the same name got the coveted Jury Award at Cannes 2012. What is the angels’ share if it is not just the title […]

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FORTUNE COOKIE: Din Tai Fung’s Amazing Success Story is a Lesson in Mall Dining for India

Posted: November 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm   /   Fortune Cookie

MANY eyebrows were raised when the news first broke of Yuautcha opening at Ambience Mall in Vasant Kunj? How could a pedigreed international restaurant open at a middle-market mall not particularly known for outstanding food offerings? I found the answers during a visit to the Din Tai Fung, the dim sum restaurant famous for its […]

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FORTUNE COOKIE: Max India Boss Analjit Singh Says Cheers to South African Wine

Posted: November 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm   /   Fortune Cookie

A COUPLE OF fortnights back, I had written about the discovery of Masterchef South Africa finalist Guy Clark by Max India¬†chairman, Analjit Singh (current worth: $705 million, estimated by, which culminated in the opening of Uzuri Deck & Dining at M-Block Market, Greater Kailash-II. The multi-millionaire has now sent ripples across the wine world […]

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Around the World with 250 Cakes + Virgin Coconut Oil at The Kirana Shop

Posted: October 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm   /   Fortune Cookie

AROUND THE WORLD WITH 250 CAKES I MET Roger Pizey accidentally last week, much after the publishing house that had set up our interview, gave up trying to locate him. I ran into a chef in whites moving around with the air of an absent-minded professor in the Professor Calculus mould and I knew it […]

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Lal Maas and Gourmet Goa: My Op-Ed Column & Restaurant Review in Mail Today

Posted: September 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm   /   Fortune Cookie

My two recent articles for Mail Today, India Today Group’s daily newspaper published from Delhi-NCR. First, my Op-Ed column, Fortune Cookie, which appears on alternate Thursdays. This is my weekly ‘Dining Out’ review. My review was about the Gourmet Goa food promotion that is being presented by the restaurant Bernardo’s at The Kitchen in Khan […]

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