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Kojo Show and Live Reading Event at Equinox


Friends – On Dec 18th, I will be live on The Kojo Nnamdi Show discussing my book The Devil in Us and also talking about my fav reads of this year. I hope you will call in! We are scheduled to be on from 1:00 – 2:00 on WAMU. I am so very honored, and still a […]

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Les Dames DC – Culinary Women in Words event


I was delighted and honored to participate in Les Dames d’Escoffier DC Chapter’s first annual book signing event. What made this really special is that they were kind enough to let me sign copies of  The Devil in Us! Also thrilled that my little book made this AMAZING Huffington Post List - Best Cookbook Gifts for the […]

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Potatoes with Curry Leaf Inserts!


Potatoes with Curry Leaf Inserts I learned a version of this recipe from Dan Barber and soon it became a favorite in our house but with several differences: he uses sage and I turn to curry leaves. He uses paprika, I am partial to chaat masala.  I just love the simplicity of this recipe. Yes, […]

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Curry Leaf Chutney


My mother-in-law submitted this recipe to a contest in Mumbai, competing with 80 other women, and won first prize. This dry chutney can be used as a spread for bread or a topping for whipped salted yogurt or sprinkled on warm rice. Sala Kannan, thanks for the great shot   Makes about 1 cup 1 […]

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Sacred Foods of India event at the Smithsonian


On Dec 4th I conducted a special event at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. – I gave a lecture on how religions create food cultures in India. Here is a more formal description of the event, the food and, of course, some photos. I am pleased and humbled that the event sold out! India, one […]

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Chef Art Smith’s Hummingbird cake

Hummingbird Buttercake

Sometimes you just have to indulge your sweet-tooth. This cake is a big hit in our house! Simple and delicious.   Art Smith’s Hummingbird Cake Created by Chef Art Smith and recipe used with permission from Chef Art Smith   This cake is one of the most requested desserts at Art Smith’s Chicago restaurant, Table […]

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Basil Coconut Mango Shooters


  This simple delightful recipe is as easy as it is flexible: dont have mangoes? Add ripe peaches. Dont like papaya? Add some melon. It is just delightful. I add some pineapple occasionally for an extra zing! And, of course, when I make it for the kids, I nix the rum Papaya, Mango, Basil Shooters […]

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Thanksgiving Special – The Devil in Us ebook for $0.99


  Friends -  For the first time in twenty years, I am not in the  USA for Thanksgiving. I have celebrated it every year since moving to the US in 1991. This year I am in India visiting my parents and inlaws. I am sending you all good wishes for Thanksgiving: May you always be […]

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Shrimp in a Saree


When Delhi-based food lover, Atul Sikand invited me to join his food lover’s FB page – Sikandalous Cuisine – I have to admit I hesitated for a minute. Why? Well, I have been writing about Indian food for ten years now and had not heard of a cuisine in India called Sikandalous. I Googled and […]

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On the cover of India Abroad magazine 2014


News of my debut The Devil in Us - Stories of love, life and redemption is featured as cover of this week’s India Abroad Magazine (Nov 14th, 2014)! I hope you will read the fun story. And, of course, I am thrilled to be on the cover of a magazine.. a second time for my little book!!  I will post […]