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Himalayan Food Traditions: The Roth Pooja

(3) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 6:58 PM

Pooja and Sacred Foods

While working on Return to the Rivers, our upcoming Himalayan cookbook from Lake Isle Press, Vikas came across this story tucked away among his Sheela Aunty's old treasured recipes. It contains a legend about the roth pooja, which is a form of worship, and...

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VIP Dinners: What Should You Cook When the Guest of Honor is President Obama?

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 6:13 PM

We are blessed and grateful for the opportunity to cook for President Obama when he comes to New York City on the 14th of May. Any chef who gets the call to cook for the President of the United States drops everything to do it and we are excited at...

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Sikhism's Holy Kitchens: Observing Vaisakhi at Jallianwala Bagh (VIDEO)

(6) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 7:20 AM

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Jallianwala Bagh, photo by Ronnie Bhardwaj


Vaisakhi is one of the most important religious festivals in India, particularly in the state of Punjab which is the heart of Sikhism. It is celebrated on April 13 by people of all faiths in India...

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Holi Kitchens: A Time and Place for Irrational Exuberance

(6) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 11:17 AM

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Photo by Munish Byala

Holi, the Festival of Colors, is coming once again. Hindus in India will gather together to celebrate the end of winter and beginning of spring by throwing bright powdered pigments and spraying colored water at each other. It is spirited...

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The Holy Kitchens of Islam: Mabrouk Ramadan

(20) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 9:00 AM

On Aug. 1, the appearance of the first crescent moon signalled that it is time once again for Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims around the world. It is also the time for Zakat, which means almsgiving. Zakat is about immersion in community -- giving what you can,...

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'Karma to Nirvana': In the Holy Kitchens of Hinduism

(141) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 9:16 PM

"Sharing food is the highest form of Karma." --Bhagavad Gita

In Hinduism, the sharing of food is an essential part of the human experience. When there is scarcity, this sharing can mean the difference between life and death. Civilization cannot exist without it. When we share food in a spiritual...

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