Nadia Arumugam

Nadia Arumugam

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Contributor since:June 2009

About Me

Confused, perhaps. Well fed, definitely. A Malaysian of Tamil ethnicity, raised in London and now living in New York, I couldn’t have asked for a better culinary heritage. My Sunday roast is massaged with garlic, ginger and red chilies. My chicken soup is infused with heady coriander and the warmth of toasted cumin. My meatballs are transformed by a spattering of my mother’s curry powder and a glug of soy sauce.

I live to eat and I eat to live. Quite literally. I write about food, who produces it, who cooks it and who eats it. Most recently I was the food editor for the London based culinary magazine, Fresh, and my first cookbook, Chop, Sizzle & Stir - the final word on stir frying - has recently hit the shelves. I have also written for numerous culinary and lifestyles magazines in the UK and in the Southeast Asia. When I'm not cooking, thinking about my next meal or eyeing up someone else's, I'm usually asleep!

I’m fascinated by our culinary customs, traditions and innovations. The recipes we learn from our mothers, the treats we indulge in when no one’s looking and the meals we dish up for friends reveal who we are and who we want to be. So join me in this most delicious quest as I concoct, imbibe and ingest to understand that little bit more about my fellow diners!



I'm Known For...

I want to saying my insightful writing and flawless recipes. But really it's my odd-sized feet that look like they belong to two very different women - a midget and a flatfooted Amazonian. Don't ask.

My Current Project

Scribbling away in the fragrant offices of Saveur magazine and trying to convince someone to let me write another book. Please...

My Greatest Achievement

Two and a half Master's degrees and still counting...

My Biggest Regret

Not eating all the cookies in the cookie jar.

I Truly Respect

Someone who does what I do and gets paid really well to do it.

How I Pay For This Wardrobe

These flannel PJ's were surprisingly good value. Surprising, I know. And the stains came for free...

Things That Really Happened

Eating expired foods for two weeks from 6 month old yogurt to luminous steak to see if they would kill me. They didn't.

Where I'd Like To Be 10 Years From Now

On everyone's bookshelves.

Why True/Slant

Because they were nice enough to ask.


This Is Making Me Worry...

Pizza Hut's pasta stuffed in bread.

This Is Bringing Me Joy...

Eating chocolate for breakfast. So wrong but oh so right.

I'm Running From...


This Is Helping Me Create...

Eating chocolate for breakfast.

This Makes My Teeth Itch

Tooth Tickling.

Can't Do Without

The Food Network.

My Secret Ambition

To eat at the Golden Corral buffet. Everything's wrapped in bacon, even the bacon. Who could say no?

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