This is a fascinating look at contemporary world cuisines through the lens of an Indian upscale grocery with locations in Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Gurgaon. In addition to a chapter on stylishly presented modern Indian fare, it offers versions of East Asian, European, Indian, and Mediterranean food, as well as desserts, that give us a glimpse of how all of these are perceived in India.
The fresh perspective allows Foodhall to throw off many constraints, pairing ingredients in ways that might not be recognized elsewhere (similar, perhaps, to the way Italians feel about pineapple on pizza, no matter how many defenders the combination has). Among the more appealing examples: charred broccoli and pak choi tossed with fermented black beans, lemon, and toasted almonds;pumpkin congee; chicken tikka and caesar salad lettuce rolls; baklava cupcakes.
Hardcover. Color photographs throughout.