Zomato row: Food aggregator app is right to call out bigotry, but its own virtue-signalling raises problematic questions

There’s nothing like a good controversy to stir things up on a slow news day. On Wednesday, Zomato became a national talking point over its response to a customer who wanted the food aggregator app to change its delivery agent because he was a Muslim. Zomato refused to do so, following which the customer, one Jabalpur-based Amit Shukla, canceled the order and demanded a refund. Zomato refused to comply with Shukla’s demands — changing the “Muslim rider” or a refund — and requested the customer to pay cancellation charges because the…

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Will Travel For Food: Anders Schønnemann

Anders Schønnemann  GLEN PROEBSTEL Danish photographer Anders Schønnemann captures beautiful photos of food around the globe (with am emphasis on the Nordics) and has worked with brands like West Elm and Mandarin Oriental to present us with appetizing lifestyle photos. Over the years he’s traveled far and wide for work and pleasure, sampling some of the best restaurants, so I had to ask him which place he is fondest of when it comes to dining. Here’s where he likes to travel for food.   Destination: New York What flavors/spices/textures define the cuisine of this…

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Nigel Slater’s breast of lamb, peppers and burrata recipe

Tuck in: breast of lamb, peppers, burrata. Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin/The Observer The recipe Peel and roughly chop a couple of cloves of garlic. Remove the leaves from about 4 sprigs of rosemary and chop them finely. You will need enough for 2 tbsp. Pick enough thyme leaves from their stalks to fill 2 tbsp then finely chop and mix with the rosemary and garlic. Put the garlic and herbs in a small mixing bowl and stir in a couple of tbsp of olive oil. Set the oven at 180C/gas mark…

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The surprising truth about Indian food

I was in a narrow kitchen in Mumbai, one of India’s most strikingly modern cities, watching an ancient Indian meal being cooked on vessels of baked clay. Utensils made from leaves, wood and metal were scattered across the kitchen. The food was being prepared using only ingredients native to the subcontinent, which meant that the sharpness of chillies (native to Mexico) and the starch of the potatoes (imported from South America) were missing. “No cabbages, cauliflower, peas or carrots, either,” said Kasturirangan Ramanujam, one of the cooks preparing the meal.…

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Dairy And Meat Alternatives Stay On Top Of U.S. Food Investors’ Mind

A new report tracking the U.S. food and beverage investment in 2018 reveals about one-third of the total funding went to dairy- and meat-alternative products, with other categories, including CBD, keto, chips and salty snacks, also receiving a decent amount of investment. The report, compiled by Ryan Williams who directs finance and special projects at Rise Brewing Co., was published on Food + Tech Connect in June. It notes that 2018 saw $1.45bn invested across 200 disclosed transactions in total, with the largest deal involving a $114m funding to the plant-based meat…

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Edible insects? Lab-grown meat? The real future food is lab-grown insect meat

Livestock farming is destroying our planet. It is a major cause of land and water degradation, biodiversity loss, acid rain, coral reef degeneration, deforestation — and of course, climate change. Plant-based diets, insect farming, lab-grown meat and genetically modified animals have all been proposed as potential solutions. Which is best? All of these combined, say researchers at Tufts University. Writing in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, they explain why lab-grown insect meat — fed on plants, and genetically modified for maximum growth, nutrition and flavor — could be a superior green…

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Stingrays Eat Food That Is Harder Than Their Own Jaws

If you’re ever in the Xingu River (a tributary of the Amazon River) in Brazil, look into the fresh flowing water! You might spot one of the endemic spotted rays that call this area home- the Xingu River stingray (Potamotrygon leopoldi). Not only are they unique because they are brilliantly colored and in fresh water, but they are part of an unusual group that eat prey that is tougher than their own jaw. This feeding method is call durophagy, and the fishes that consume these hard-shelled animals have evolved this…

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PepsiCo to build food plant in UP at $70 million

NEW DELHI: PepsiCo India will invest $70 million to build a food manufacturing plant in Uttar Pradesh, the company said on Friday. PepsiCo, the makers of Lay’s chips and Kurkure snacks, said it is part of its efforts to expand capacity in India’s growing packaged foods market. The local arm of the American company also said that it is true to its commitment to invest $2.1 billion in India by 2022, which is part of the $5.5 billion it had promised in November 2013. The announcement comes a day after Prime…

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Hormel, Harvard Team Up To Change Minds About ‘Big Food’

American shoppers care more now than ever before about the sourcing and story behind the foods they eat, and large food conglomerates are struggling to keep up with demand for more innovation, transparency and environmental stewardship. “We are an industry full of great marketing, but terrible communication,” admitted Geoff Freeman, CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association at the Small Change, Big Impact Food Summit. The two-day event was hosted by Hormel Foodsand Harvard University Dining Services on April 4 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jim Borel, Geoff Freeman, and Jim Snee at the Pioneers and Leaders…

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Restaurant, Hotel Unions Ban Smartphones While Eating Food; Food Influencers Are Stunned

Food selfies are eating away profits of restaurants, literally. And this is not good. Sharing pictures of food on Instagram is no longer a trend but has now turned into a routine. People spend more time clicking pictures, editing and uploading them to social media platforms than the actual act of eating. This means that they are spending more time on the tables, and this means less profits. That’s the reason restaurants and hotel owners across India have initiated a ban against smartphones. What made the hotel and restaurant owners…

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