Born in Mumbai, Esha Bhandarkar spent her childhood playing in the monsoon rains and relishing mangoes in the sweltering heat. As an immigrant miles away from home, her mother helped her stay connected to her culture through food — her favorite memories are of the time they spent in the kitchen creating fiery new dishes together. Sharing her cooking continues to be how Esha shares her beautiful, vibrant Indian heritage with those around her.

Esha is passionate about gardening and enjoys incorporating the fresh bounty of the Pacific Northwest into her meals, while maintaining the authenticity of the recipes handed down to her by her family. When she’s not traveling all over the world with her husband and two adorable daughters, she enjoys running and poring over books next to her dog, Gatsby.