Michelle Peters-Jones's Recent Articles
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The 5 Cookbooks That Taught Me to Cook (and I Still Use Today)
When I have guests over for dinner, some of them have read my website and also know I write for The Kitchn, and this naturally leads to the assumption that I am a fairly good cook. The conversation leads to cookbooks, of course, and as I have many of them open or stacked about in my kitchen, people are always nosing around in them and asking me for recommendations.
May 19, 2015
5 Wacky Vintage Cookbooks from My Shelf and Why I Love Them
We all have them. Those odd cookbooks that just seem to appear in our collections — some we picked up on travels, or were given to us by friends and family, or came from antique stores or flea markets whose covers we just couldn’t resist. Here are some of the obscure-ish but much-loved cookbooks in my own collection. I use some of them all the time, while I just enjoy having others on my shelf. Regardless, they have stories, and today, I’m here to tell you what they are.
Apr 24, 2015
Ritual & Rice Pancakes: How My Family Celebrates Easter in India
I grew up as a Catholic in India, and one of the holiest times of our year was Lent and Easter. In India Christian Easter (and Christian traditions in general) is probably even holier and a more important religious holiday than even Christmas, as it represents rebirth and renewal. It is a time to spend with family and friends, and has a host of traditions associated with it. Here’s a peek into my family’s traditions of Easter in India.
Apr 4, 2015
5 Bargain Bin Cookbook Finds That I Use All the Time
I have a huge collection of cookbooks. When I moved to Canada from England, I had to give up quite a few, as there just wasn’t enough room to ship them over. But I made it my mission to get back to my original collection — and then some! I source my cookbooks from all over the place, but some of my favorite and most-used books have actually come from thrift stores, garage sales, and bargain bins.
Apr 2, 2015
6 Restaurant Cookbooks That Have Made Me a Better Home Cook
In the past few years, a constant stream of chef and restaurant cookbooks have shown up on bookstore shelves. Some of them are beautiful and look beautiful on a coffee table. Some never leave the kitchen. Some really great ones are perfect in both settings. Here are some of the restaurant cookbooks that have inspired my home cooking and shaped a lot of what I know about food and cooking.
Mar 4, 2015
How We Celebrate Christmas in India
One of the best things about growing up in India was all the holidays we celebrated. As a multicultural country, all festivals are celebrated with lots of joy and gusto. Some of the popular festivals are Diwali, Holi, and Eid, but you may be surprised to know that India is home to a considerable population of Christians, who, along with the rest of the country, celebrate Christmas with their own rituals and traditions. Here are some of my memories of celebrating Christmas in India.
Dec 16, 2014
Recipe: Indian Chili Chicken
Indian food, particularly regional cuisine, is heavily influenced by its various rulers and foreign inspirations — one of the most enduring influences is our neighbor to the north: China. While at first glance, Indian and Chinese food appear to have almost nothing in common, but you will find an array of Chinese dishes that have been “Indian-ized” in the South, especially with the use of soy sauce, coconut milk, and spices, like five spice and star anise.
Sep 24, 2014
5 Cookbooks To Teach You the Basics of Indian Cooking
As a cooking instructor specializing in East Indian cuisine, I get asked for my cookbook recommendations all the time. While a lot of my recipes come straight from my family, or through oral traditions, there are a few cookbooks I refer to when I need to look up something or to get a basic recipe for a dish from a different region of India. Read on to find out my top five books that will teach you all you need to begin to discover this ancient cooking culture for yourself.
Sep 17, 2014
I Didn’t Get My Love of Food from My Mom, But I Love to Be With Her in the Kitchen, and Here’s Why
I did not get my love of food from my mom. In a culinary world where moms are cited as the inspiration for almost everything, this statement probably sounds strange, and dare I say it, ungrateful? Perhaps it does. What my mom has offered me, however, has defined my journey in a way that transcends food and cultural boundaries. My mom has been — and still is — a very skilled and technical cook. She just never had the time to enjoy it the way I do.
Sep 2, 2014
How I Pack Food for Car Camping
Look at that picture above. Now imagine yourself sitting right next to that fire pit, messily eating a hot dog, slathered in ketchup and mustard. Perhaps you’re sipping a tumbler of hot, creamy chocolate or a long, cold, iced drink, lazily toasting marshmallows and listening to birdsong. You might be occasionally interrupted by the sound of wind, the river rushing by, and the odd sound of a child laughing.
Jul 25, 2014
Recipe: Chai Creamsicles
I like to tease people when they ask for “chai tea” at coffee shops. In India, chai = tea, so by saying chai tea, you’re just saying ‘tea tea’. Nothing wrong with that, mind, as chai is so delicious, everyone wants to say it twice, right? Chai is also so delicious that it should not be reserved for just the cold winter months. These chai creamsicles are an easy way to jazz up your winter drink for hot summer days.
Jun 18, 2014
Recipe: Zuni-Style Tandoori Roast Chicken With Masala Bread Salad
One of the best recipes for roast chicken out there has to be Judy Rodgers’ recipe for Zuni Cafe Roast Chicken served on an equally delicious bread salad. No surprise, it is my number one method for cooking any kind of poultry, not just chicken. The succulent moistness that this method gives to the chicken, or indeed, any other poultry, is unmatched.
May 27, 2014