The Colors of Indian Cooking

A Hollywood Screenwriter A Bollywood Kitchen

Kathy Gori

Kathy Gori
December 31
Screenwriter/Indian foodie
Kathy Gori has been cooking Indian food for 20 years. A screenwriter by trade, she works at home, so trading a hot keyboard for a hot stove is just a matter of a few steps. Kathy's obsession with Indian cooking began when her sister-in-law, who'd lived and worked in India, introduced her to the intricacies of the Indian kitchen. Thousands of hours and hundreds of dishes later, Kathy makes her own chutneys, grinds her own spices and enjoys exploring the various cuisines of the sub-continent. She has cooked for some of the Dalai Lama's monks, the Director of the Delhi Museum and President Clinton's California campaign staff. She's always learning and likes to share her knowledge and love of Indian cooking with others. In addition to her writing and cooking, Kathy was the voice of Rosemary the Telephone Operator in the series Hong Kong Phooey. She has voiced many films and commericals, winning a Cleo Award. She and her husband/writing partner Alan Berger live with their Siberian Husky Patsy in Sonoma. They are currently working on a project for producer Andrew Lazar (Get Smart) and most recently worked on the screenplay for Chaos Theory starring Ryan Reynolds.

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   Every summer two of our best friends go to their house in Finland to spend time with friends and family. They're always back before the Finnish winter starts and who can blame them. Sometimes while they're gone, some of their family come and stay in their house in Sonoma. This/… Read full post »

   The relatively cool summer we've been having here in Sonoma took a turn to the warm side this last weekend and the last thing that anyone around here (me) wanted to do was to cook. My mom had surgery in San Francisco on Friday where the weather was cool and/… Read full post »

   As I've mentioned here last week, my mom was operated on for cancer on Friday at UCSF hospital. It was a long surgery but I'm happy to report that she's out of the hospital, back home again and her usual feisty self. It'll be a week before the full biopsy/… Read full post »

   When I giving a party, I start off very organized. Of course it all usually goes downhill from there, but I do start off with the best intentions. I want to come to the table looking all fresh and hostessey, not like some kitchen wallah in a stained apron and/… Read full post »

   One thing I've learned living in Wine Country is that not everyone drinks. Or at least not everyone drinks all the time, everywhere. There are events, occasions, and reasons to want something cool,  refreshing, and non-alcoholic. I always welcome a party that offers me something mor/… Read full post »

   I don't know how it happened so fast, but it seems like the 4th has just come up out of nowhere ready to bite me on the ass! We've been working hard to get the revisions on our pilot script turned in before all the stuff that's going to hit/… Read full post »

   I've always wanted an avocado tree. For years I lived in LA where almost every yard has an avocado tree. Ours was no different, except the only thing that hung out on the branches of our avocado tree was a bunch of delinquent squirrels, no avocados. Now I don't know/… Read full post »
JUNE 26, 2012 3:46PM

15 Minute Sweet Pickles

   This is the busy time of year for a lot of people. Yeah, I know it's vacay time and the kids are out of school and at their leisure, but sometimes the "fun" never stops. It's not as nutty as it gets in Winter with relatives descending and present shopping/… Read full post »
JUNE 19, 2012 11:26PM

Gin and Tonic. A Virgin's Tale

   Last week was a pretty difficult one dealing with my Mom's cancer diagnosis and her obsession with parking in San Francisco. Thankfully, everything now seems to be under control. She's had all her tests, and is cleared for surgery. She's got her date with the doctor booked for July 6th/… Read full post »
JUNE 14, 2012 7:53PM

Blogging and The Real World

   Okay, here's my dilemma. I'm dealing with some personal shit right now. Stuff that we all  deal with at one point or another, and that's the serious illness of a parent. My mother was diagnosed with cancer yesterday. She's going to be having surgery at UCSF in a couple of/… Read full post »

   I didn't get any of them as a kid. Not a lot of candy or sweets either. No snowballs or chocolate frosted cupcakes with those white squiggles across the top. No Twinkies, Ho Hos, or Ding Dongs. No Yoo Hoos, or Whoopeie Pies. I didn't know from Little Debbie. They/… Read full post »

A guy usually walks  into a bar... and then a lot of things transpire. Most of them cannot be included here in a family-friendly blog about Indian food.  But this wasn't a bar the guy walked into, this was the Sonoma Basque Boulangerie where we locals hang out like a bunch/… Read full post »

   Around this time of the year I never know what I'm going to find at the markets around Sonoma. I might start off looking for one thing and come back with another. It all depends on what looks fresh. This time of year some of the things that tend to/
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   Things have been a bit crazy around here of late. Not crazy in a bad way, but still busy, busy. I was shocked when I realized I hadn't posted anything for a week. Where had the time gone? We've been working hard writing a TV pilot, (now doing revisions) and/… Read full post »
MAY 24, 2012 6:45PM

Of Johnny Depp and Vindaloo

   Since we've been living on our hilltop in Sonoma, we've been fortunate enough to have great neighbors. That's the thing about living in the country. People get to know their neighbors. None of this big city hiding going on. People talk to each other. They sort of have to. When/… Read full post »

   When I was a kid growing up in San Francisco, my father was a San Francisco fireman. That's dad on the left side of the picture back in the early 60's.

His working schedule was two days off one day on. That one day was overnight, 24 hours, and would sometimes/… Read full post »

   This time of year it's started to heat up here in Wine Country. From parties around the fire entertaining has moved outdoors, and when things move outdoors, one of the operative words is "Keep it Cool".  So when looking for cool summer salads, I'm sure one of the last things/… Read full post »

   This last weekend was one of those crazy weekends. House guests visiting from LA. They were on a work trip to Skywalker Ranch when their car had a meltdown. After repairs and getting their work done at the Ranch, it was on to our house where things did not exactly/… Read full post »

   Sorry to be a day late in announcing the winner of the OXO 5lb Digital Scale With Pull Out Display  but if I even began to tell you of the craziness that's gone on this weekend around our house, you would think I was channeling some insane sitcom. It started/… Read full post »

   I knew the dame was trouble the minute she walked into my kitchen. She had that soft pliable texture, big dark eyes I could pick off and eat, skin like marshmallow,  and a pair of ears that just wouldn't quit.

   But she was hard. I could tell at a glance/… Read full post »

   Some smart business person once told me that if one adds the number 99 to anything, it somehow makes it more desirable.  $5.99 rather than $6.00, $199.00 rather than $200.00, and of course everyone knows about 999. For me however, and for a lot of other people, the magic number/… Read full post »
   Sometimes, the things that seem to be the most expensive and rare, turn out to be the simplest and easiest to make at home. Good quality ricotta, pickled and spiced cherries, artisan breads and truffles. Now, when I'm talking about truffles here, I'm not talking about those things/… Read full post »

   A few weeks ago, after we had our #Indianfoodpalooza I got an email from my friend Amanda of Dabblings and Whimsey. Amanda was embarking on her own Indian cooking binge and asked me if I'd like to contribute a guest post to her blog. Someone new taking up Indian food?/… Read full post »
   Every time I cook a holiday meal for my parents, I get a warning from my mother before hand. Basically the warning  is "Don't cook too much food!"  Translation:  "Don't cook any food!"
   "Mom," I say. "There are going to be other people. I have/… Read full post »

   My family likes to cluster all their main events. Not for us the birthday in May or January, or the wedding in June. No, we like to slam all major life events such as birthdays and weddings  together in one month, preferably in one week that also contains one major/… Read full post »