A food blogger in search of his city’s spice (Paid Content by Samsonite)
“I [used to] get comments on my blog saying my skin was too ashy or dark. I had never dealt with racism directly. I talked to my dad who said, ‘You can do this and be the same as everyone else or stand out.’ That was maybe the one time I listened to him. I thought, if I can execute it to the best of my abilities then people can’t complain about the quality of my work. And that’s when it took off.”
While he remains firm that the book will only feature new recipes, Sharma’s hands have become a staple of his blog and will likely find a place within the pages of Season.
BOTH SIDES OF THE STORY
Sharma can’t stay too long at the publisher’s office because he has to check in with his food editor at the San Francisco Chronicle.
Pulling up to the building, he shares that the Chronicle is one of the oldest privately owned newspapers in the country, a major point of pride for Sharma, who never thought he’d be working there as a writer.
“I’ve been working with the Chronicle for a year now. I was looking for freelance work [and] thought I was going in for photography, but the editor said he wanted [me] to write my own column,” says Sharma before greeting his editor, Paolo Lucchesi.
“It’s a little different from the blog,” says Lucchesi. “It’s definitely intersectional, where California meets Indian food.”