Food for thought

Hardeep Singh Kohli

Hardeep Singh Kohli

Writer, broadcaster

Food's a very important part of my life. I can't begin to tell you how much. I'm notoriously bad at eating breakfast, yet ironically I'm obsessed with it, to the extent that my next book is going to be about breakfast. I will have a decent lunch, and because so much is eating out if it's meetings, you feel bad not to eat at least five courses. That's a joke, I'll have two. Food is absolutely central to everything I do to the extent that I actually schedule meetings around restaurants that I want to eat in. For example, I've been known to schedule a meeting near Chinatown at 11.30am and then pop in for a sack full of dim sum. Recently I went back and found I'd eaten in the same dim sum restaurant 20 times in one month. Often, because I write about food, I have to review restaurants, which sounds a lot more glamorous that it actually is, although last week I ended up in Ilkley in Yorkshire eating dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant. I love to cook - I'm obsessed with pork belly just now and I'm just about to do a new recipe Richard Corrigan taught me, which is squid stuffed with chorizo and feta on a braised fennel salad. I don't eat to live, I live to eat.

Hardeep Singh Kohli's new book, Indian Takeaway, is out now published by Canongate.

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