Our goal is to present authentic culinary creations from India’s four southern states: Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. The larger goal is to revive the disappearing culinary heritage of these regions.
About Joseph Tobin
Twelve years ago, nearly to the day, I sat down to write my first editor’s letter for Gastronomica. I was bursting with plenty to say, though I didn’t quite know how to begin. I feel the same way today.
A 1939 World’s Fair Souvenir Plate; Turkey’s National Bread; Slush on the Mizzentops, Butter in the Hold: Food on American Clipper Ships; Sudado de Raya: An Ancient Peruvian Dish; James Bond and the Art of Eating Eggs; On the Zampone Trail; Funerary Feasts; A Born-Again Hog Farmer; An Interview with Praveen Anand, Dakshin, Chennai, India; and more…
I grew up with Colombian food, so I knew the flavors, even though I didn’t know how to cook. At first things didn’t taste right, so I was cooking with my mom on the phone. She’s like, what are you using? How are you doing it? I learned to cook over the phone.
Flavors of Ireland; José de Ribera’s Personification of Taste; Food Blogs and Post-Feminist Domesticity; A Brazilian Chef Claims Her Roots; Women’s Music-Festival Foods; Eating Ukraine and Its Lard(er); Fighting Sicilian Corruption, One Vine at a Time; Michel Guérard on French Cuisine; The Rise of the Umbrian Truffle Business; Colombian Grace, Key West, Florida; and more…
When our daughter was little, she loved hearing legends of the selkie girls, mermaid-like creatures who inhabit the waters off the Irish coast. Sleek as seals in the sea, they shed their skin once captured and turn into humans on land, yet they always long to return to the deep.
How do we know if we are supposedly building health, rather than unwittingly producing disease by what we consume? We resolve what economists call “informational asymmetry” by relying on food labels, brands and trademarks to confirm the authenticity and quality of our foodstuffs. But making “correct” food choices can be daunting and baffling.
For generations raised on Kraft cubes, the superiority of a fresh, small-batch caramel is largely unknown. In fact, the mediocrity of the overprocessed caramel helped chocolate bars rise to dominance in the candy aisle.
Here’s a thought experiment: Let’s pretend that human consumption of all soy products and bulk field corn dropped to zero in the coming marketing year, and that everyone knew this was going to occur. What would happen?
In the introduction to her 1845 cookbook, Domestic Cookery, Elizabeth Ellicott Lea writes, “[T]he Authoress offers to her young countrywomen this Work, with the belief that, by attention to its contents, many of the cares attendant on a country or city life, may be materially lessened…”