Season (Hardcover)

Big Flavors, Beautiful Food

By Nik Sharma, John Birdsall (Foreword by)

Chronicle Books, 9781452163994, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

List Price: 35.00*
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There are few books that offer home cooks a new way to cook and to think about flavor—and fewer that do it with the clarity and warmth of Nik Sharma's Season. Season features 100 of the most delicious and intriguing recipes you've ever tasted, plus 270 of the most beautiful photographs ever seen in a cookbook. Here Nik, beloved curator of the award-winning food blog A Brown Table, shares a treasury of ingredients, techniques, and flavors that combine in a way that's both familiar and completely unexpected. These are recipes that take a journey all the way from India by way of the American South to California. It's a personal journey that opens new vistas in the kitchen, including new methods and integrated by a marvelous use of spices. Even though these are dishes that will take home cooks and their guests by surprise, rest assured there's nothing intimidating here. Season, like Nik, welcomes everyone to the table!

About the Author

Nik Sharma is the writer, photographer, and recipe developer behind the critically acclaimed blog, A Brown Table. His meteoric rise in the food scene has brought him two IACP Digital Media Awards and a Saveur Best Food Blog Award finalist spot. Nik's visual food column for the San Francisco Chronicle, A Brown Kitchen, runs weekly in print and online.

Praise For Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food

"A very beautiful and deeply personal cookbook."-Meera Sodha, author of Fresh India

"This book is full of mouthwatering recipes that home cooks will actually make and dozens of Nik's breathtaking, low-light images that sit at the intersection of food photography and fine art. More than providing 100 thoughtful recipes, however, Nik encourages us to connect the dots between our cultural foods, memories, and cur­rent geographic location so we may also cultivate a way of cooking and eating that represent who we truly are." -Bryant Terry, James Beard award-winning author of Afro-Vegan

"This book from an important new voice-and eye-is positively enchanting, page after page. Nik Sharma seasons his food, his photography and his writing with the same ingredients: passion, creativity, and love. You can practically smell the cardamom, the jaggery, the shiso leaves, and you'll be left wanting to cook each and every recipe." -Joe Yonan, food and dining editor, The Washington Post, editor, America The Great Cookbook

"The best cookbooks are those with an unmistak­able voice. 'Mine is the story of a gay immigrant, told through food,' is how Nik Sharma opens Season, and he tells his story so beautifully. I can't think of another cookbook that takes you not only to Bombay and Oakland, but also to science labs in Cincinnati and D.C., and a farm in Virginia. Memorable food is the string that Nik uses to tie all of these seemingly disparate places together and, in doing so, he shares himself. Do yourself a favor and buy two copies: one to tear out pages to frame because his photos are so stunning, the other to read and cook his tempting recipes from."-Julia Turshen, author of Small Victories, Feed the Resistance, and Now & Again

"Quite simply beautiful food-wide-ranging, inspiring, and infused with an enlivening and generous sensibility."-Nigella Lawson, author of At My Table

"Nik's story resonates with me in so many ways, as an immigrant and as a brown chef expanding the narrative of what American cuisine is today. Combined with his captivating visuals that highlight the beauty of the food he presents, his personal journey is part of a larger ever-changing culinary landscape that takes all of our struggles and fractured selves to weave a new, uniquely American tapestry of beautiful food." -Asha Gomez, author of My Two Souths

"It's rare to open a cookbook and leaf through it in wonder at the flavor combinations. That's what Nik Sharma's book did to me: it's full of dishes that are crying out to be cooked and photographs that have a gorgeous dark elegance. Nik Sharma is a rare talent." -Diana Henry, James Beard award-winning author of A Bird in the Hand