Come dine with me, in my favorite Indian restaurant in New York, proceeds to go to the wonderful homeless charity BRC, with a signed book and film poster thrown into the pot. To bid for the meal, please go to CharityBuzz.com.
The other night a buddy and I went down to Washington D.C. to check out Minibar, the acclaimed restaurant by Chef Jose Andres. It blew me away. Had popcorn that made me roar smoke from my nostrils like a dragon and red ravioli filled with peanut butter. Plus 24 other stunningly inventive courses. In this article I wrote for Barron’s, you’ll get a taste of what it’s like, and why I think it’s a bargain at $500 a head.
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The first gathering is Jan. 25. Momo’s Food Emporium on Route 6A in East Sandwich will cook recipes from Richard Morais’ debut novel, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (Scribner Book Company, $15). The book, rich in detail and well-researched anecdotes, is about a boy from India with lowly beginnings who ends up taking on some of France’s greatest chefs.
“We’re going to mimic the opening night meal described in the book,” says Neila Neary, owner of Momo’s.
The evening will feature passed hors d’oeuvres. Neary says attendees will have a chance to socialize, collect recipes and learn a bit about how spices are used in Indian cooking. Momo’s four chefs will also prepare Indian dishes to sell in the specialty shop’s takeout case.
Need to pour liberally for the hordes coming to your home over the holiday, but don’t want to break the bank? I asked the top buyer at Astor Wines & Spirits in New York City to tell me what were the reds and whites she served her own family. To read her hit list, click here.
I convinced one of New York’s greatest food critics, Gael Greene, to take me to the restaurant she thought was one of the best buys in the City. Click here to see what happened.
Any of you heading to Spain any time soon?
If so, I have a hot restaurant tip in Barcelona for you.
Check it out here.
The James Beard-winning food writer, David Leite, happens to be of Portuguese descent, and has made an important contribution to modern Portuguese cuisine with his stunning cookbook – now on my shelf and on its way to my brother – called The New Portuguese Table. This is the book to have if you are in the market for “Seared Skate in Garlic-Pepper Oil.”
None of this I knew when Allison Parker, managing editor of David’s sophisticated foodie website, Leite’s Culinaria, first contacted me for an interview to run alongside an excerpt of The Hundred-Foot Journey. Here’s the piece Allison just posted.
Not a lot of Portuguese around with heavy-hitting food writing credentials. Funny how we serendipitously found each other. As the Hajis might say – this was destiny. Nah?
Yvonne Zipp at The Washington Post has just given food-bloggers a run for their money with a short-and-sweet literary round-up of the best food books on the shelves leading up to Christmas. Here’s her take on The Hundred-Foot Journey:
‘Serious foodies will swoon over the meals in Richard C. Morais’s The Hundred-Foot Journey (Scribner, $23). Hassan Haji’s grandfather established a Tiffin Wallah empire in India, delivering lunches via bicycle, while his son turned what had been three tandoori ovens under a GI tent into a successful restaurant. After a tragedy, the Haji clan immigrates to France. There, they open a restaurant opposite one owned by the fearsome Madame Gertrude Mallory, who knows how to cook everything — even a rat. (Rub it “in olive oil and crushed shallots, grilling it over a wood fire made from smashed wine barrels, and serving it with a Bordelaise sauce.”) Morais throws himself into the kind of descriptive writing that makes reading a gastronomic event, whether it’s a 12-course meal or Hassan’s first egg-salad sandwich: “Never before had I experienced anything so determinedly tasteless, wet, and white.” ‘
Click here to read the full Washington Post column.
I have a thing for “women of style and substance.” My wife of 27 years is one. So imagine my delight when More, the sophisticated women’s magazine, listed The Hundred Foot Journey as a “book you’ll want to eat up” in the magazine’s list of 17 food-themed literary escapes. You can find their full list here.