About me

I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

I am the proud mom of two brown boys, an unapologetic advocate for equity, a professor of public policy, and an avid lover of all things food, art and comedy-related.

My favorite recipes

Polaroid frames

Makes me like bread

Recipe card

Parent Pep Talk

Hard to screw up Tandoori salmon

Some rules so Salads don’t suck

Funny infographic

Thums Up, 2022

Marigold, 2023

Royal Dansk Cookies, 2023

White Supremacy, 2021

Poke, 2022

AANHPI Solidarity, 2022

Cold, 2021

Murdered, Not Martyred, 2020

The Vaccine, 2021

AOC, 2021

Inauguration, 2021

PV, 2021

Asafoetida, 2021

PP Soul Food, 2021

Leftovers, 2022

OG Recycling, 2022

Dishoom, 2022

Birthday, 2023

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In 2021, I was inspired by a badass working mom named Michelle Li, who turned a racist incident around on its head and used it to spearhead a movement of joy and affirmation into becoming the Very Asian Foundation. Through her I met other fierce and fun mothers who similarly wanted our kids to grow up with pride in their heritage and complete conviction that to be Very Asian can also be Very American.

One thing led to another and I had the amazing opportunity to publish my first kids book, A Very Asian Guide to Indian Food, with GlooBooks (one of the other fierce mom’s inclusive indie children’s publishing house!). It’s beautifully illustrated by the very talented Aditi Kakade Beaufrand, and I feel lucky to have her art bring this book alive.

San Dias City

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One of the best parts is that it’s part of an awesome series. Doesn’t this bundle look dope?

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A Very Asian Guide to Indian Food is about the intricacies and importance of food in our lives. A must read for every child as they attempt to navigate their Indian roots in a Western world.

- VIKRAM SUNDERAM, James Beard award-winning chef at

Rasika in Washington DC

That time we were spotted in notorious Hot Mom Chrissy Teigen’s fridge because she was suggesting you get it as a holiday gift for everyone you love in her annual Holiday Gift Guide!

Oh My God

Or that time

shared my attempt at NOT frying my phone:


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Tandoori Salmon


  • 1.5-2lbs salmon filets
  • 1 TBSP garlic paste
  • 1 TBSP ginger paste
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 2 TBSP tandoori masala
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 TBSP neutral oil
  1. Combine the first 6 ingredients to make a paste.
  2. Rub the paste on the salmon filets.
  3. Marinate for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Broil under high heat for 10-12 minutes., or until the filets are lightly charred.
  5. Squeeze with a bit of fresh lemon and enjoy!.
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Delicate Peace

PARENT PEP TALK: Tandoori Salmon


You haven’t lost the equivalent of an entire year in sleep just to let a meal break you.

Let this pink fish solve your everlasting struggle to get your littles to eat something that isn’t bland and could not be easily recreated in either a school lunchroom or an abandoned meth house.

This is also low-stakes, high reward to let them pitch in. You handle the broiler because no one needs to burn the house down, but let them make the paste, smear it on with their hands, get messy.

PRO TIP: The Scarcity Principle at Meal Time

Tell your kids that you’re not thrilled about it, but you’re supposed to LET them have “at least a bite,” otherwise you’ll get in trouble. From whom? Doesn’t matter. The tantalizing possibility of you in trouble for once and the suggestion that they shouldn’t have what you want so badly will help blur their need for detail.