July 13, 2010
I’M NISHTA, AND I’M PRETTY MUCH ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT FOOD.
I am the product of two cultures–the American South and northern India–that consider eating and storytelling to be sacred occupations. Food and words are the vehicles through which I work to make sense of the world around me: I love to eat, I love to read, I love to cook, I love to write, and I LOVE to feed people. Since 2009, this space has been a place for me to share and to connect, and for that I am so grateful.
By day, I teach high school English & humanities, and by night/in the summer, I write; I published a collection of essays, The Pomegranate King, in 2013, and freelance for various publications. I am proud to be the founder and coordinator of Valentines for Veterans-Houston, an annual community fundraising event benefiting U.S. Military Veterans.
Memphis is my hometown, but I have called Houston, Texas my home since 2001. I am blessed to live with my wonderful partner, Jill, who doubles as blog photographer, and our sweet whirlwind of a son, Shiv, who is three-and-a-half. Jill’s favorite foods include coffee, steak, champagne, & chicharones; Shiv’s are whole milk, any kind of noodle, any kind of cheese, & any kind of fruit; my beloveds are hot tea, guacamole, masala dosa, & biscuits.
A note about adoption:
Our son was born in July 2012; we were in the room when he was born, took him home from the hospital, and finalized our adoption of him six months later. It was the absolute best thing we have ever done . We worked with this agency and we highly recommend them; we are also not afraid or shy about answering questions regarding the adoption process, so please feel free to contact us with any questions if you or someone you know is considering growing their family this way.
My work, elsewhere:
Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair [Guernica Magazine]
No Box Unchecked: How We Became a Family [The Mash-Up Americans]
My Non-Christian Best Friend [Christianity Today]
Telling stories in the new, multi-faith, multi-ethnic South [The Commercial Appeal]
How to Carry Grief: An Interview with Nishta Mehra [TROP magazine]
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Sonya Cuellar was Blue Jean Gourmet’s exclusive photographer from its inception in May 2009 until August 2011; all pictures from all posts during that period should be credited to her, unless otherwise noted. She is a talented freelance photographer and painter in and around Houston.
Photo content © 2009-2011 Sonya Cuellar & all other content © 2009-2014 Nishta Mehra, unless otherwise noted.