This week on the Joshua David Stein Variety Hour... Half Hour, host Joshua David Stein is talking Indian food with guest Dr. Krishnendu Ray. Krishnendu is a Professor of Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU and talks to Joshua about the Indian cuisine in the city and how it is evolving. The two then embark on a lively discussion about the recent review Joshua wrote on the Indian restaurant Awadh. Krishnendu also talks about what the definition of ethnic food is and what it ideally should be. After the break, Sameer Gupta and Abhik Mukherjee, playing the tabla and sitar, round out the show with a unique and amazing musical selection. Catch them playing live with the Brooklyn Raga Massive. This program was brought to you by Rolling Press.
"Once an audience classifies a cuisine as ethnic, what you are looking for is cheapness and tradition. You're not paying for innovation." [9:23]
"We have great respect for foreign cuisines and relatively low respect in terms of prestige of respect for immigrant cuisines, which is what we call ethnic cuisines." [15:32]
--Dr. Krishnendu Ray on the Joshua David Stein Variety Hour... Half Hour