About

the-savorist-facebook-cover.jpgNamaste.
I’m Devz, a food lover from Delhi, India; currently making myself at home in sunny California.
Being born in an Indian household can be quite distracting if you are anything like me. Indian kitchens are always busy, churning out a different menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, only interrupted by the occasional tea and snack breaks.

As a child, I remember circling my mother and my grandmother in the kitchen like a relentless puppy, while they cooked. The strong aromas that accompanied my grandmother’s slow cooking had some kind of magical pull over me. Those were my first cooking lessons, and the first warning signs of my obsession, and since then things have only gotten worse. 😛

Growing up, my grandmother would always say, “Empty stomachs make much noise.” What she meant was that an irritated-whiney person is often just a hungry person. Over the years I watched her fix bad moods, long faces, horrible days, Monday blues, teary faces and boo boos by simply dashing into the kitchen and whipping up something unexpected. She could restore the peace of the entire house with one quick recipe and have everyone sitting around the table laughing. I’m convinced of my grandmother’s magical powers. She might as well be wielding a wand instead of a spatula. Hence, my belief that good food can cure just about anything.

Being 8000 miles away from home, this is my attempt to recreate the warmth of my grandmother’s kitchen and to demystify the world of Indian Cuisine, and open doors for some delectable fusion food along the way.

‘The Savorist’ is all about getting nostalgic and sharing stories of triumphs, defeats, and all the little wins in between; of things forgotten; memories unearthed and lessons learned, over some delectable food made with love and care. It’s about making lemon tarts out of all the lemons life throws at you and savoring them. Of course, if you’re too lazy to make lemon tarts, it never hurts to bring out the tequila. 😉

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23 comments

  1. As someone who occasionally cooks Indian myself, you might also want to suggest locations for people to buy spices at. Since spices are usually so much more expensive in the US, your US readers will want to know about Indian brands and direct importers and the like. Although I buy my spices for a couple dollars a pound at a couple of international markets (and an Indian grocery) near me, the bigger grocery stores charge so much for spice that Indian food can appear ridiculously expensive. I visited the topic in this post, though I suspect you may have access to additional information to pass along:

    http://bumblepuppies.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/the-poor-mans-snobbery-insults-my-intelligence/

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    1. Grateful for your suggestion, I’ll try to include that. However, you seem to have stumbled upon our secret on your own, international grocery stores are the way to go.
      Until I get around to posting something on the topic, I’ll be happily pointing the readers in your direction.

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    1. Both Indian culture and Indian food are exhaustingly diverse. I wish I could suggest a book, when I’m asked about my heritage (which is very often) but I don’t think it’s possible to capture the essence of it all in one book. This blog is just a humble effort. 🙂
      Thanks for dropping in and staying long enough to say hello. 🙂

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  2. Great blog! Seriously I love your writting and the pictures. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I am now following you on facebook as well. Good job, I wish you all the best!

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  3. Hello Devz,

    Great to find you here and thank you so much for stopping by my blog.

    Your “About” is really a delicious read and I am sure the cousins that you prepare would be even better 🙂

    Have a great time 🙂

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  4. Thank you for dropping by my blog 🙂 I love yours too, actually I wanted to be a food blogger, but I don’t have the talent for cooking.

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  5. Hi Devz, found your blog today, and the about section is so interesting! You’re right, good and healthy food can cure many things, I’ve come to believe that too. Looking forward to your posts!

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  6. What you give the man who has EVERYTHING IS WHAT YOU HAVE ALREADY GIVEN HIM. That is your love. If you want to surprise him with a new type of love, that would be a gift supreme. maybe literally work on one of his projects with him,, etc.

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  7. Yes! I grew up similarly in the US South. Good food always brought people together there and still does although I am away from there now. But everywhere we have lived, I have tried to share my good will and friendship through baking and cooking for others. Some get it. Others don’t understand why I do it. But they all love the food!

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