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Khushbu Shah with Lauren Ko

Culture & Cuisine

Date:
Tuesday, June 18
Time:
7:30 pm PDT
Cost:
$5 - $25 Sliding Scale + optional $35 book
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Venue

The Great Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue)
Seattle, 98101 United States
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Note: Town Hall events are approximately 75 minutes long.

Book cover: The title "AMRIKAN" is displayed at the top in large, bold letters. Below the title, the subtitle "Recipes from the Indian American Diaspora" is shown in smaller text. The background is a light yellow, and in the center of the cover, there are illustrations of a yogurt container labeled “yogurt indian style” and a teacup
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What is Indian food in America? The country’s identity as a melting pot makes for a diverse tapestry of flavors, but that doesn’t always equate to easily being able to identify one’s place in the culinary landscape.

In her debut cookbook Amrikan: 125 Recipes From the Indian Diaspora, acclaimed Food & Wine writer and editor Khushbu Shah presents instructions for preparing dinners, drinks, and desserts as varied as Saag Paneer Lasagna, Pani Puri Mojitos, and Masala Chai Basque Cheesecake. But Shah goes beyond instructions and ingredients, writing about the larger story of Indian food. In a 2019 interview with the New York Times, Shah said, “Food is undeniably intersectional. It’s impossible — it’s irresponsible — to deny it.” Amrikan is replete with images and essays that illuminate this fusion of cuisine and culture, showcasing the links between food and identity.

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The upcoming cookbook even inspired a line of South Asian cookware, designed by Shah herself in collaboration with the company Made In.

Joining Shah is Seattle-based baker and artist Lauren Ko, whose pie posts on Instagram have earned her hundreds of thousands of followers. She is also the author of the popular book Pieometry: Modern Tart and Pie Design for the Eye and the Palate.

Khushbu Shah is a food writer and journalist who resides in Los Angeles, California. She was most recently the restaurant editor at Food & Wine magazine, where she crisscrossed the United States several times over on the hunt for the country’s best new chefs. She is the youngest person and the first person of color to ever hold that title. You can also find her work in the New York Times, Washington Post, GQ, Eater, and more. Additionally, her writing has been featured in the Best American Food Writing anthologies, and she has made appearances on television shows like Ugly Delicious. Khushbu grew up in Michigan, where her immigrant parents raised her with a deep appreciation for spices and good fruit. This is her debut cookbook.

Lauren Ko is a writer, artist, self-taught home baker, and the founder of the popular Instagram account @lokokitchen. She has roots in sunny San Diego, but after wandering the world, she has settled in Seattle, WA, with her husband, Ben, and their bear dog, Santi. Lauren’s colorful geometric style regularly inspires fellow bakers on Instagram, where she has amassed over 400K followers. Her pie designs have been featured in publications such as Vogue, O Magazine, Buzzfeed’s Tasty, The Seattle Times, The Washington Post, My Modern Met, and Design Milk. She has appeared on-screen in New Day Northwest and Martha Bakes. She was named to The Bake Feed’s 2018 Baker’s Dozen — 13 of the most talented baking icons, movers, and shakers pushing baking boundaries and making the biggest difference in the baking world.


Presented by Town Hall Seattle.

Food, Culture, and Diaspora

For this month’s Tandem Book Club, we’ll be pairing Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner with Khushbu Shah’s event – read up ahead of time and join us in the Medhi Reading Room for some thoughtful conversation before the main event.

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