Episode 19
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

How Nik Sharma became a food blog star by centering himself

‚ÄúI really wanted [my photographs] to pay homage to a lot of the simple things that happen in the kitchen. It doesn't have to be something fancy, but even adding sugar to something over the stove or squeezing a lemon ‚ÄĒ how do I capture that moment and give it its due course?"

This week, we're excited to welcome Nik Sharma to SALT + SPINE, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks.

Nik is a cook, author and photographer of Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food, his first cookbook. The Bombay native fell in love with cooking as a kid, but only after a move to America and a pharmacy degree later did he begin to pursue his deep love for cooking. Through his blog, A Brown Table (and later a San Francisco Chronicle column, A Brown Kitchen), ¬†Nik documents his exploration ‚ÄĒ and celebration ‚ÄĒ of time spent in the kitchen and how the flavors of his life influence the food he creates.

‚ÄúThe cookbooks that I‚Äôm most intrigued by are the ones that I learn something from.‚ÄĚ

We sat down with Nik at the San Francisco‚Äôs The Civic Kitchen to talk about his home cooking-first approach to food, what he looks for in a cookbook and how he proudly tells his own story ‚ÄĒ that of a gay immigrant ‚ÄĒ through food.

Plus, in this episode: The Salt + Spine team cook from Season, we talk spices with Oaktown Spice Shop’s Erica Perez and go Into the Vault with Omnivore Books’ Celia Sack to learn about cookbook authors that have shared Indian regional flavors with global audiences.

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