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I'm a food and culture journalist based in Bangalore, India. Get in touch at nikhita.venugopal@gmail.com or @nkvenugopal on Twitter.

Why Haven’t You Heard of India’s Julia Child?

Just like Mastering the Art of French CookingIndian Cookery was published in 1961. And just as Julia Child brought authentic French cuisine to the novice home cook, Mrs. Balbir Singh did the same with the cooking traditions of Northern India. But unlike Child, Mrs. Singh was nearly forgotten by history. TASTE/July 19, 2018

India's Complicated Love Affair With Pickles

The future of the much-loved condiment is uncertain. Vice Munchies/June, 15, 2018

The Best Olive Oils, According to People Who Consume a Lot of It

Stand in front of the olive-oil section at the grocery store and you’ll start asking questions. Is this one better for cooking or finishing? Should I stick to Italian oils, or try Greek or Spanish — or Portuguese? Why would I spend $35 on a single bottle? NYMag's The Strategist/Aug. 23, 2018

I Grew Up Eating This Common Indian Vegetable. Now It's a Wellness 'Superfood.'

I never thought I'd see this childhood staple be sold as an antidote to all things bad. Bon Appetit's Healthyish/May 18, 2018