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Reinventing the Meal

Reinventing the Meal with Richard Blais

Tune into Reinventing the Meal this Sunday at 8pm ET with Chef Richard Blais. Join Blais as he seeks out unique purveyors, off-the-beaten-path ethnic kitchens & “wild card” foodie spots, collecting ingredients and insight as he goes.

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Cookbook Giveaway: Masala Farm

The buttery crust for this Cauliflower, Chevre, and Onion Quiche is spiked with a little rosemary for unexpected flavor. Photograph by Ben Fink.

Just in time for March, when the weather is beginning to warm and daylight savings time is almost upon us, Masala Farm by Suvir Saran is a season-centric cookbook that will make you embrace springtime as you never have before. Suvir is the executive chef at Dévi in New York City, the only Indian food restaurant in the U.S. that has earned a Michelin Star; a chairperson of the Culinary Institute of America’s Asian Studies Program; and author of two other cookbooks, Indian Home Cooking and American Masala. In 2005, Suvir moved with his partner, Charlie, to a farm in upstate New York. Masala Farm captures their stories of farm living and great cooking.

Instead of traditional Indian dishes that you might expect, Masala Farm recipes include Western classics like risotto, burgers and banana pudding (Suvir is known for sprucing up Southern classics). With a little spice (or “masala”) and brilliant imagination, Suvir gives familiar comfort foods exciting new spins that are sure to liven up your meals.

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Why I Love Kalustyan’s

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Kalustyan’s, an iconic spice market in New York City, is the ultimate source for spices, chiles, grains, nuts, chocolate, cookware and all sorts of food things Middle Eastern, South Asian and other cuisines with a strong spice bent. It is one of my all-time favorite places to shop and get inspired to cook.

They are constantly expanding their inventory, so shopping there is always an adventure. If you want curry powder, they have classic Madras, but also Javanese, West Indian, Sri Lankan, or spicy Vindaloo as well as many others. The problem is, I hate to just pick one, so I usually get three or four. If I come with a list of, say, eight items, invariably I leave with triple that. Since I travel by subway, I am limited by what I can carry, but you would be amazed how many bags I can carry!

The staff is incredibly helpful, charming and knowledgeable; it is hard to get in and out of Kalustyan’s without a deep I-love-New-York feeling. Luckily, they have an awesome website and offer delivery all over the country so you can get inspired as well.

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