Food for the Soul

Annapoorna: Festive and Everyday Indian Vegetarian Cooking. Self published 2002. Shiva Vishnu Temple, 1232 Arrowhead Ave, Livermore, CA 94550. (925) 449-6255. Donation $15. The nice thing about vegetarian cookbooks is that you don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy...

Sympathy At The Table

In the days following the terrorist attack, it was natural for me to turn to the kitchen. Although food was the last thing on my mind, cooking is comforting and so I carried on while listening to the news. Though I agree with New York Mayor Rudolf Guliani that we...

Blackout Meals Create Family Time

The rolling blackouts that we were expecting in California this summer brought back memories. When I was growing up in India blackouts were a norm. Two or three times a week, during the day and sometimes at night, electricity was turned off. We were used to it and...

Fond Farewell

In August 1987 when we moved from Columbus, Ohio, to the Bay Area, little did I realize that a phone call to Arvind Kumar, the editor ofIndia Currents, would lead me to write a monthly vegetarian food column for almost 14 years. I started out with a half-page column...