Childhood food cravings

Wrote this piece on a transatlantic flight.  I guess having bad airline food helped kindle taste memories. The best cuisines are those that have the flavours of home Shoba Narayan September 14, 2014 Updated: September 14, 2014 04:59 PM Read more: Follow us: @TheNationalUAE on Twitter | on Facebook How many days can […]

Airline food and descriptions

This was published in Mint using verb-consonant.  An attentive read, said “Surely you mean vowel, not verb.”  Indeed.   ‘Mor kuzhambu’ or ‘kadhi’: the name game Menu descriptions are an art, somewhat like matrimonial ad descriptions Shoba Narayan Travelling without moving The name of the dish matters. Photo: Thinkstock    The unfairness of menu descriptions […]

Carme Ruscellada

I was thrilled to meet this chef. She is casual and confident but underneath you can sense her resolve. It appeared in Quartz here. Carme Ruscellada i Serra looks like the seven-star Michelin chef that she is. I met her recently at her restaurant in Barcelona, Moments, to discuss Catalan cuisine, the Mediterranean diet, and […]


Am really enjoy seasonal fruits now. We drink watermelon and musk melon juice everyday. These are the pleasures of seasonality. Thankfully, watching NDTV with my father in law about being “Single in the City” with Vikram Chandra. From Mint Lounge this week Sat, Mar 30 2013. 11 22 AM IST Luxury in food is about […]

Deepavali Snacks

In my home, we are talking Deepavali snacks.  My help, Geeta, is an instinctive and brilliant cook.  We are debating what to make.  I stumbled on this lovely cooking site, Rak’s Kitchen, when searching for Deepavali (I prefer this to the Anglicized Diwali) recipes.  I like Rak’s kitchen because of the nice photographs that give […]