Nik Sharma is a cookbook author, photographer and chef in training who embraces global flavors in his food. He grew up in a bicultural household; his father is North Indian and his mother is from Goa - a former Portuguese colony of the West Coast of India. He is also the author/photographer of the new cookbooks Season, a personal book about being a gay Indian immigrant that uses powerhouse flavors and beautiful visuals to connect us to his story. His mashup of culinary influences includes delicious connections he discovered between the foods of his native India, and those of his husband's homeland, the American South. Sharma talked with contributor Russ Parsons and also shared his recipes for Naan, Hot Green Chutney-Roasted Chicken, Spiced Meat Loaf, and Ginger-Lentil Millet Bowl. Read more recipes and stories from Nik Sharma at his blog A Brown Table.

As delcious as they look: try Nik Sharma's recipes for (clockwise from left): Spiced Meat Loaf, Naan, Ginger-Lentil Millet Bowl and Hot Green Chutney-Roasted Chicken. Photos: Nik Sharma
Russ Parsons
Russ Parsons was the food editor and columnist of the Los Angeles Times for more than 25 years. He is the author of the cookbooks How to Read a French Fry and How to Pick a Peach. He is a member of the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, and has won awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Association of Food Journalists and the James Beard Foundation.