God of Small Feasts

This essay won me a James Beard MFK Fisher Award for Distinguished Writing. SHOBA NARAYAN THE GOD OF SMALL FEASTS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JANUARY 2000 In this Indian family, destiny begins in the kitchen.     Here,” said my mother, pressing a dark-brown slab of one of her mysterious cooking ingredients into my hands. “Smell this.” I…

Read More

Diwali Food for BA

We’re after a piece on how different regions/cities in the country celebrate Diwali with food – this could be anything from street food in a big city like Delhi or Bombay to regions that might be influenced by other cultures (e.g French influence in Pondicherry).

Read More

Wine and Indian food

I have been house-bound these days and have spent a lot of time boning up on an old pursuit: wine.  Reading, talking, listening and sampling.  The amount of material available on the Web is phenomenal; and the amount of wine available at my local Madhuloka is….er… pathetic.  Thank God for kind friends who raid their…

Read More

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 Traveler, Gourmet, ForbesLife, Time, and other…

Read More