My writings for Gourmet Magazine

Gourmet magazine has a page of my pieces here.

SHOBA NARAYAN

BANGALORE

Photograph courtesy of Shoba Narayan

Shoba Narayan dreams of being a stand-up comic and doing cartwheels—both galactically difficult to achieve for one so decidedly unfunny and unathletic. From her base in India, she writes about food and adventure for Condé Nast TravelerGourmetForbesLifeTime, and other magazines. She is the author of Monsoon Diary, a memoir with recipes. She writes “The Good Life” column for Hindustan Times’ soon-to-be-launched weekly magazine.

SHOBA NARAYAN ON GOURMET.COM

FOOD + COOKING

GRAINS OF TRADITION

In India, where I grew up, rice gains mystical—even mythological—proportions.
09.11.08
TRAVEL + CULTURE

TAMPERING WITH TRADITION

Opening an Indian restaurant in India isn’t easy. Indians are famously possessive about their food, and chefs face severe repercussions from the Authenticity Police.
06.05.08
TRAVEL + CULTURE

MANGOES A GO-GO

It’s that time of year again, when the sweet scent of mangoes fills the air. Hungry Indians everywhere slice and slurp their way to ecstasy.
05.09.08
TRAVEL + CULTURE

KEY NOTES: OUR NATIVE VILLAGE, INDIA

This 20-room rustic hideaway bills itself as India’s “only 100 percent eco-friendly back-to-basics lifestyle resort.” In plain English, that means solar power, windmills, and composting.
11.16.07
TRAVEL + CULTURE

SEARCH FOR THE CURE

The practice of herbal medicine is alive and well in rural India.
10.08.07
TRAVEL + CULTURE

KEY NOTES: SHREYAS YOGA RETREAT, INDIA

09.10.07
TRAVEL + CULTURE

AN AUTHENTIC, ALBEIT EARLY, INDIAN LUNCH

08.17.07
TRAVEL + CULTURE

DELHI JOURNAL (PART IV): RIDING IN STYLE

For some reason, well-meaning Delhi-ites always try to dissuade you from visiting Chandni Chowk.
06.21.07
TRAVEL + CULTURE

DELHI JOURNAL (PART III): A HOTEL WITH CHARACTER

The Imperial is one of those Delhi hotels that everyone loves, including my husband. But frankly, I was a little underwhelmed.
06.20.07
TRAVEL + CULTURE

DELHI JOURNAL (PART II): THE VERDICT ON VEDA

A cool, calm, and mostly Italian Diva. Everyone in Delhi has an opinion about Veda, and most of them are bad.
06.19.07
TRAVEL + CULTURE

DELHI JOURNAL (PART I): FRIED IS FINE

I am not sure that I would eat the food in Chandni Chowk, but I know Americans who have and survived.
06.18.07
TRAVEL + CULTURE

THE WORD ON THE STREET FOOD

India’s Supreme Court banned hawkers from cooking food on the street. No doubt, street-hawkers will protest about how the government is taking away their livelihood.
05.21.07
FOOD + COOKING

DOSA DO AND DOSA DON’T

Dosas are commonly described as South Indian crepes, but the description doesn’t do them justice.
04.10.07
TRAVEL + CULTURE

2006: THE YEAR IN TRAVEL

Your most memorable trip this year? The Yunnan province of China. We flew into Kunming and then drove up close to the Tibetan border.
12.28.06
MAGAZINE

MATTERS OF TASTE

They offer diners the chance to sample many dishes. But before you order that tasting menu, you might just want to read on.
OCTOBER 2003
MAGAZINE

THE GOD OF SMALL FEASTS

In this Indian family, destiny begins in the kitchen.
JANUARY 2000

SHOBA NARAYAN
FOOD + COOKING
GRAINS OF TRADITION
In India, where I grew up, rice gains mystical—even mythological—proportions.
SHOBA NARAYAN 09.11.08

TRAVEL + CULTURE: Masala Klub, Taj West End, Bangalore
TAMPERING WITH TRADITION
Opening an Indian restaurant in India isn’t easy. Indians are famously possessive about their food, and chefs face severe repercussions from the Authenticity Police.

SHOBA NARAYAN 06.05.08

TRAVEL + CULTURE
MANGOES A GO-GO
It’s that time of year again, when the sweet scent of mangoes fills the air. Hungry Indians everywhere slice and slurp their way to ecstasy.
SHOBA NARAYAN 05.09.08

TRAVEL + CULTURE
KEY NOTES: OUR NATIVE VILLAGE, INDIA
This 20-room rustic hideaway bills itself as India’s “only 100 percent eco-friendly back-to-basics lifestyle resort.” In plain English, that means solar power, windmills, and composting.
SHOBA NARAYAN 11.16.07

RECIPES
PANNI POORI
JANUARY 2008

TRAVEL + CULTURE
SEARCH FOR THE CURE
The practice of herbal medicine is alive and well in rural India.
SHOBA NARAYAN 10.08.07

TRAVEL + CULTURE
KEY NOTES: SHREYAS YOGA RETREAT, INDIA
SHOBA NARAYAN 09.10.07

TRAVEL + CULTURE
AN AUTHENTIC, ALBEIT EARLY, INDIAN LUNCH
SHOBA NARAYAN 08.17.07

TRAVEL + CULTURE
DELHI JOURNAL (PART IV): RIDING IN STYLE
For some reason, well-meaning Delhi-ites always try to dissuade you from visiting Chandni Chowk.
SHOBA NARAYAN 06.21.07

TRAVEL + CULTURE
DELHI JOURNAL (PART III): A HOTEL WITH CHARACTER
The Imperial is one of those Delhi hotels that everyone loves, including my husband. But frankly, I was a little underwhelmed.

SHOBA NARAYAN 06.20.07

TRAVEL + CULTURE
DELHI JOURNAL (PART II): THE VERDICT ON VEDA
A cool, calm, and mostly Italian Diva. Everyone in Delhi has an opinion about Veda, and most of them are bad.
SHOBA NARAYAN 06.19.07

TRAVEL + CULTURE
DELHI JOURNAL (PART I): FRIED IS FINE
I am not sure that I would eat the food in Chandni Chowk, but I know Americans who have and survived.
SHOBA NARAYAN 06.18.07

TRAVEL + CULTURE
THE WORD ON THE STREET FOOD
India’s Supreme Court banned hawkers from cooking food on the street. No doubt, street-hawkers will protest about how the government is taking away their livelihood.
SHOBA NARAYAN 05.21.07
keywords culinary culture, asia, india, legislation, shoba narayan

FOOD + COOKING
DOSA DO AND DOSA DON’T
Dosas are commonly described as South Indian crepes, but the description doesn’t do them justice.
SHOBA NARAYAN 04.10.07
keywords culinary culture, asia, indian, restaurants, shoba narayan

TRAVEL + CULTURE
2006: THE YEAR IN TRAVEL
Your most memorable trip this year? The Yunnan province of China. We flew into Kunming and then drove up close to the Tibetan border.
SHOBA NARAYAN 12.28.06
keywords shoba narayan, the year in travel

MAGAZINE
MATTERS OF TASTE
They offer diners the chance to sample many dishes. But before you order that tasting menu, you might just want to read on.
SHOBA NARAYAN OCTOBER 2003
keywords shoba narayan, restaurants, danny meyer, daniel boulud, mario batali

MAGAZINE
THE GOD OF SMALL FEASTS
In this Indian family, destiny begins in the kitchen.
SHOBA NARAYAN JANUARY 2000
keywords indian, culinary culture, best of gourmet, shoba narayan