A Spicebox & Cookbook Got Her Started

When I set off to graduate school in the US, the Internet had not yet taken over the world. I actually spoke to people to gather information about life in America in general and my destination, New Orleans, in particular.

So, I was delighted to find a woman whose son was an undergraduate at the university I was headed to. “My son had some problems initially with the food, but you should be fine. You are a girl, no?” she said to reassure me. Biting back my foolish but proud claim that I would be as useless in the kitchen as any son of hers, I focused on the issues at hand. What was the weather in New Orleans like? Did I have to drive around? Was there public transportation? Food, in fact, was my last concern.
picture credit & copyright holder: Indira Singari

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