June 15, 2011

For a while now, I’ve been tossing around the idea of publishing longer pieces of my own writing here on the blog–essays that I’ve written, essays that I’d like to write, essays that now only exist in fragment form. When I finally spoke this idea aloud last week to a group of friends, their enthusiastic reception convinced me to go ahead and do it.

I’ve set up a separate page for essays, linked to from the header, so you can find them at any time.  My plan is to publish something every four to six weeks, giving me deadlines and a structure, and hopefully giving you engaging, thoughtful pieces to read, if you so choose.

While some of my essays have food as their focus, this one does not.  It’s a long piece I started long ago, about my hometown, and my complicated relationship to it.  You can find the first essay, entitled “Mixed,” here, and I truly hope you will enjoy it.  Your readership and feedback are most welcome and appreciated!

Back with a much-overdue recipe post very soon,



(for the beautiful photo of downtown Memphis, credit belongs to Chris Weiland)


  1. Congratulations on putting your work out there! Looking forward to reading your first piece.

    Comment by Lesley — June 16, 2011 @ 8:33 am

  2. Nishta – what a great idea! I look forward to reading a broader array of your work.


    Comment by Martha — June 16, 2011 @ 9:58 am

  3. LIKE!!!!!

    BTW, last night I had dinner with a law school friend who is from Houston, and I mentioned my guest post. I said, “The blog is Blue Jean Gourmet,” and my friend responded, “Oh yeah, I know that blog!” So congrats on being famous!


    Comment by Marynelle — June 16, 2011 @ 10:56 am

  4. it’s so good, i’ve already forwarded it to two people — too good to keep to myself!

    Comment by Lee — June 16, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

  5. thanks so much to all of you for the encouragement! I was a bit nervous to do this & had no idea how it would be received, so I’m very, very grateful.

    Comment by Blue Jean Gourmet — June 16, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

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