Street food: Thai foodies defend Bangkok vendor culture

In a city where eating well is an obsession, a statement by a senior official last month, published in a national newspaper, caused a public outcry. Vallop Suwandee, who chairs an advisory board to the governor of Bangkok, was quoted as saying that street vendors would be removed from all 50 districts of the city. It seemed that one of the most popular and distinctive aspects of Bangkok life was to be wiped out, days after CNN had voted Bangkok the best place in the world for street food, and…

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Your Two Favorite Things, Pop Culture and Food, Are Joining Up for an Art Show

We rarely think about the role food plays in our favorite TV shows or movies, but damned if it hasn’t been crucial. But what would Ghostbusters be without Twinkies? Twin Peaks without pie? Goonies without Baby Ruth? Pixar without Pizza Planet? One artist has decided to celebrate this crucial link in a very unique way. That artist is named Joshua Budich and on January 27, he’s opening Fictional Food 2, an art show focusing on your favorite food moments from TV and movies. Here are just a few of our…

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Exploring the Kayastha culture through food that makes you drool

Meat pasanda, keema kofta, moong dal shammi kebabs, chhoti puri, and yakhni pulao. Is your mouth watering already? Well, Anoothi Vishal’s book, Mrs LC’s Table is filled with recipes of sumptuous Kayastha dishes — so far an unexplored terrain — is here to satiate the foodie in you. “As someone who really looks at food history, the Kayastha culture, which is the Ganga-Jamuni composite culture of India, was very interesting to me. It seems to be disappearing. Hence, I wanted to capture some of that flavour,” says Vishal, adding, “Of…

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Industry disruptors change food culture slowly: Andrew Coppolino

Newspapers and TV, taxi services, the hotel industry: these businesses are in the midst of cultural disruption. And like many aspects of our society whose stability we had taken for granted, food culture is also subject to disruptions. How could it not? Our modern food system – the way our food is grown, harvested, processed, packaged and distributed – is more than 50 years old. But there’s innovation in food, altering that system, albeit slowly. Because we are so embedded in food, and it embedded in us, that we may not see these smaller,…

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In India, A Rich Food Culture Vanishes From The Train Tracks

Much like armies, train travelers in India march on their stomachs. And this was certainly true when I was a child, growing up in the 1980s, in the southern city of Chennai. My most vivid memories of summer vacations are of overnight train journeys to Hyderabad, to visit my maternal grandparents. The trips were defined by food. As soon as the train left Chennai station, my mother would open a container of munchies for the evening – perhaps a homemade snack like murukku (a crunchy fried snack made from lentil…

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