World-renowned chef, author and Emmy-winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits Punjab, India, in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, April 13, at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.
Chances are if you've ordered from an Indian restaurant in the United States, the intensely colored and spiced dishes have been Punjabi in origin.
"Most of the good stuff we refer to simply as Indian food comes from here," host Anthony Bourdain says in the season three premiere of "Parts Unknown," where he travels to the northern region of the world's second most populated country.
In Amritsar, India's holy city of the Sikh religion, carnivorously-inclined Bourdain finds himself among a bounty of vegetables cooked in rich, spicy gravies served with freshly baked kulcha, a type of flatbread, out of clay ovens.
This snack is on fire. As team rivalries heat up, make sure your game-day spread keeps pace.
This spicy snack stacks all the flavor of Buffalo wings into a cheesy jalapeño pepper filling.
This is the sixteenth installment of "Eat This List" - a semi-regularly recurring list of things chefs, farmers, writers and other food experts think you ought to know about.
As Eatocracy's editors, we're (that's Kat Kinsman and Sarah LeTrent) lucky enough to get to travel and eat all over the country, both for work and because it's what we love to do. We've seen some trends popping up in restaurants from coast to coast, and in 2014, here are a few we think stand a chance of catching on in more home and restaurant kitchens across the country.
The Feast of Seven Fishes, or the Festa dei Sette Pesci, is the traditional dinner that many southern Italian and Italian-American families will sit down to this Christmas Eve. (It is also one of the few appropriate times to pluralize fish as fishes.)
The significance of the number seven reels in many different theories: Some families say it's for the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church, others say it's for the seven hills of Rome, and still others say it represents the days of creation or stands as a reminder of the seven deadly sins. Other families' traditions even allow for 10 or even 14 different aquatic dishes.
And just as the numeric explanations are allowed loose translations, so are the types of seafood served. The true meaning isn't in the number or kind you choose, but with whom you decide to share your feast.
This Christmas Eve, Alex Guarnaschelli, chef of Butter in New York City and Food Network star, encourages you to serve the humble sardine atop lightly fried cauliflower, an ode to her mother's Sicilian roots.
Fresh sardines - not the pungent, little canned guys - are delicious, inexpensive and sustainable, three wise choices for this holiday season.
Such a calendar occurrence won't happen again for approximately 70,000 years, so professional and home cooks alike have crossbred the respective culinary traditions with the fervor of 1,000 turduckens.
World-renowned chef, author and Emmy-winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits Sicily in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, October 13, at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.
Mangia! Mangia! Anthony Bourdain follows Michael Corleone's footsteps to savor the Sicilian way of life.
The usual suspects are there: wine, salume, olives, cheese and, of course, pasta. In this case, tossed with a fresh haul of sardines from the Mediterranean.
World-renowned chef, author and Emmy-winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits Copenhagen, Denmark, in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, October 6, at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.
Denmark was named the world's happiest country in the 2013 World Happiness Report, and Noma, the 45-seat restaurant in the capital city of Copenhagen, was crowned number one on the annual "World's 50 Best Restaurants" list in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
But, the Danish people will be hesitant to tell you of such achievements given their Law of Jante, a Scandinavian mentality that essentially promotes the principle that one person is no better than anyone else.
Chef René Redzepi is the chef and owner of the much celebrated Noma.
"I’ve even been told that I have fascist tendencies in me. There have been op-eds written in Danish papers," he says, after garnering worldwide attention for his naturalist culinary style. He sources all of his ingredients from the Nordic region, the majority of them within 60 miles.
World-renowned chef, author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits New Mexico in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, September 29, at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.
Red or green?
"That’s the, by the way, state question in New Mexico," says Dan Flores, a historian who specializes in studies of the American West.
He's talking about chiles, the bedrock of New Mexican cuisine and a disputed ingredient 'round these parts.
In this week's episode of "Parts Unknown," Anthony Bourdain travels to the Land of Enchantment to cruise Route 66 for tacos and delve into the state's gun culture.