Curry. I can’t live without it. And thus it was only natural that I used some of my Santa Claus money to buy myself a copy of Dan Toombs’s clever cookbook, The Curry Guy: Recreate Over 100 of the Best British Indian Restaurant Recipes at Home (2017). The cooking found in British Indian Restaurants. Or BIRs. […]Read more "The Curry Guy"
I am of the unpopular opinion that no one owns cuisine. In spite of UNESCO decrees and loud cries from the lecture stand or pages of popular books, the fact remains: Food and ingredients travel with people. People share food. People love food. People want the recipes. Or at least the basic facts about how […]Read more "Cooking with Hurricane Irma, Part I: Tomatoes Breathing Fire: A Universal Sauce"
I love food from India, I mean, I really, really do. And so when I had a chance to review Madhur Jaffrey’s latest, well, what could I say??? Heck, YES! Here’s my review, of a marvelous book, on that wonderful new magazine from the U.K. – Modern Salt: MADHUR JAFFREY’S “VEGETARIAN INDIA: A JOURNEY THROUGH […]Read more "Madhur Jaffrey’s “Vegetarian India”: My Review on the”Modern Salt” Site"
For numerous reasons, lately I’ve been indulging in one of my passions – cooking the food of the Indian sub-continent. I just ran across again William Makepeace Thackeray’s “A Poem to Curry,” quoted by nearly everyone who takes a stab at writing about the mystery of curry, and how it traveled to the nooks and crannies […]Read more "The Poetry of Curry, or, a Traveler’s Tale"
(Note: I am going to be discussing pickling and the English influence on that practice in my next several posts. This is an old post that I think provides an intriguing introduction to this subject.) A little prickle of recognition, a sense of déjà vu — that’s what happened when I turned to page 86 of […]Read more "Ats Jaar: Possible Origins of the Practice of Pickling in the Antebellum American South"