One of the fun things we get to do at SAJA and SAJAforum is hear about some interesting projects. Here's one from long-time SAJA member Ramin Ganeshram:
Ramin Ganeshram, a food writer in the New York area working with Molly O'Neill, formerly of the New York Times, is looking for South Asian, Muslim and Arabic recipes for a a book called "One Big Table," authored by O’Neill. Ramin is managing editor of the project.
"One Big Table" is highly anticipated and will tell the story of our nation’s history, future, and culture through its time at table and in the kitchen. The book is a celebration of the “glorious amateur” and she has spent the decade traveling the country collecting recipes from every byway and corner.
They are looking to interview people about their most beloved recipes and the interview would be distilled to a 100-word head note to go with the recipe. Interviewees would be absolutely credited and their stories told.
More on Molly O'Neill: O'Neill spent 10 years at the New York Times, has four James Beard Awards, numerous cookbooks including the famous New York Cookbook and American Food Writing, a James Beard nominee this year. She was also the host of PBS Great Food and is a professionally trained chef
More on Ramin Ganeshram: Ganeshram is an award winning journalist of IndoCaribbean-Iranian descent. She wrote for the New York Times for 8 years, New York Newsday for 8 years, and many other magazines and papers as a freelancer. I have 7 SPJ awards and am also a professionally trained chef and cookbook author and Columbia J-School grad.
We are looking for any and all cuisines using any foods. The book covers, soups, appetizers, poultry, fish, meat, dessert, breads, vegetables and grains. We do have a short list of must-haves for Indian foods but otherwise want anything wonderful that we hear about! We’d like a nationwide spread versus a concentration on the coasts as well.
A special PS: If anyone has any contacts into the Punjabi Mexican community of Yuba City, California, please let us know!!
Please write to USAEATS[at]yahoo.com with a short description of yourself, your
dish (where did you learn it etc.) and why you cook.
Short List for Indian Dishes:
A chickpea dish
A spinach dish
Two or three classic veg dishes
A shrimp dish
Please feel free to post your comments below.