Authenticity is a sticky word. Everyone has a claim to the right or wrong way to make any given dish, from culture to culture, and generation to generation. What we find, time and again, is the supreme personalness of food. What we eat, why, and with who, defines us. If we believe that food is culture, this too means that food is family.
The story told in Indian-ish, the new cookbook from Priya Krishna, is an old story. A person moves to a new country and thinks of home, which often means they dream about the food of their parents. In trying to recreate that food, from memory or with their family across the world, they create something new. New ingredients, new appliances, and even new taste buds, shape this new cuisine, born out of necessity, nostalgia, and creativity. This cuisine is then passed on, and tweaked for newer taste buds. And so on.
Ritu Krishna, Priya’s mom, is at the heart of Indian-ish. Her new cuisine, which is both Indian and American, was created with love, innovation, and authenticity. Join Priya Krishna, and the mother-daughter duo of Korai Kitchen: Nur-E Rahman and Nur-E Farhana, to celebrate the launch of Indian-ish and the special bond between immigrant mothers, their families, and their new cuisines.
An informal reception with book signing and light bites to follow.
This program is part of our Global Cultures, Global Cuisines program series
ABOUT PRIYA KRISHNA
Priya Krishna is a food writer who contributes to the New York Times, The New Yorker, Bon Appétit, and more. She is also the author of the college-centric cookbook Ultimate Dining Hall Hacks, and formerly worked for Lucky Peach.
NUR-E RAHMAN AND NUR-E FARHANA
Korai Kitchen, Jersey City’s first Bangladeshi eatery, is the passion project of Nur-E Gulshan Rahman, a self-taught cook with a love of creating authentic meals from her native Bangladesh. In 2015, Rahman opened Korai Kitchen as a catering company with a wholesale arm, preparing packaged Bangladeshi meals for local Jersey City shops. As the company gained traction, Nur-E Gulshan set her sights on fulfilling a lifelong dream of sharing Bangladeshi cuisine with a greater audience. In 2018, Rahman opened Korai Kitchen with her daughter Nur-E Farhana, providing a space for guests to experience a style of Bangladeshi cooking rarely found in restaurants. Since opening, Korai Kitchen has been profiled in the NY Times, named Yelp’s Top Place to Eat in NJ in 2018, NJ.com’s #1 Restaurant in NJ in 2018, and secured the #22 spot on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the US for 2019 list.