Happy 2022!

Nope, no article today. In fact, from this week, the articles will be uploaded on Sunday mornings instead of Saturdays, so stay tuned for that tomorrow. It is a New Year, and I want to start it on the right foot with some apologies and resolutions. 2021 wasn’t a good year in general, and for my blog in particular. I’ve been awfully irregular with my posts, going MIA for weeks, even months. I resolve to change that this year, and be more consistent with my uploads.

However, 2022 is going to be a busy year for me, which is why I won’t be able to post every week. Quality before quantity has always been my aim, which I why I don’t want to post every week just for the sake of it. I’ll take a break on the last week of every month, just to ensure that I am able to maintain the quality of my blog posts to the best of my ability, along with an acceptable level of consistency. At least, that’s the plan for now.

There is something very special lined up this year, a long and very detailed series of write-ups by one of my schoolfriends, Manasij Pal Chowdhury. Currently pursuing his doctorate in Manchester, he is an amateur cocktail aficionado. As an almost (yes, almost) teetotaler myself, my knowledge in the beverage realm is rather limited, so I decided to relegate the job to an expert. What has resulted is an amazing mini-series, fully illustrated by photographs clicked by Manasij (I think the thumbnail speaks for itself), that both of us are very proud of.

Manasij and I, circa 2010(ish)

The series will run throughout the year, with one episode being published at the end of each month, on the second-last Sunday. It starts with the very basics before moving on to more advanced stuff, and cover almost every nook and cranny in the art of cocktail making and drinking. The series is unapologetically detailed, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Of course, through the year, there will be my usual articles, covering everything from food history to dish analysis, food science to unapologetic nostalgia.

Readers of my blog should be familiar with the artwork of Souvik Das, who had illustrated my cheesecake article in 2019 and biryani article in 2020. 2021 was tough for everyone in the medical fraternity, and we didn’t get to do our annual Inktober collaboration last year. So here we are, making up for the delay, with a three-part series on a topic that I find rather fascinating. The thumbnail for each of the three articles has been masterfully illustrated by Souvik, and we hope you’ll love them as much as I did. Part 1 will be out tomorrow, so don’t miss it!

A very happy new year to all readers of The Gourmet Glutton!

Souvik’s masterpiece from October 2020


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