Welcome to Cookilicious!
Hi! I am so glad that you are here to know more about me. I am Priya Lakshminarayan, the recipe developer, food photographer, creative writer and the face behind Cookilicious! I am the happiest when I am cooking or travelling! These are truly my 2 passions in life. Because what could be better than Food’n’travel?
How did all this start!
This is my baby that was launched in June 2014 in a whim. I had previously called it Confessions of a Foodie because It started off as a way to share pictures and recipes of everyday food with my friends and family on social media. Every time I would a picture, I would be asked to share the recipe of it as well. That is why on one summer afternoon, I decided to start a food blog. This became my space where I would share not just the recipe but also an anecdote or a short story behind the creation of that recipe. While browsing through some of the old recipes, you will notice that I was a novice to food photography and didn’t know a thing about food styling. Plus I clicked using my phone or an iPad. Things are so much different today!
Today we are known as…
Yes, we got a new name in 2016. A big shout out to my brother/best friend, Pravin for giving us this name – Cookilicious! Thank you bro. You know, I actually ran a little contest within my family for this. I had asked my family to brainstorm a new name for the blog and promised a gift to the winner whose name I will love and select. Everyone in the family put on their creative hats and began sending me name suggestions. I had so much fun going through all the names and then finally loved the name we have today. My brother told me later that he would think of names while travelling to work and on one such trip, he thought to himself that the food I cook is always delicious and so decided to put the two words together to make Cookilicious! Isn’t that sweet of him? I fell in love with this name instantly!
What’s in here for you
Food, Food and only food! It’s all about easy, healthy and tasty vegetarian and vegan family recipes that are first tried and tested in my kitchen before they make an appearance here. All the recipes come with high resolution pictures and clear simple steps to follow. Recipes found here go beyond Indian cuisine because I love to explore the world cuisine. They are also a healthy mix of family favorites that have been passed down from generations, some are accidental creations while some are passionately invented dishes! Oh yes, I occasionally also feature recipes with egg in it. You may wonder why? Well, I am an eggetarian by choice, hence I also love to share egg recipes with you once in a while. Let me warn you that I am a closet writer and a sucker for memories. My recipes almost always come with a short story/anecdote from my life that’s related to it. It’s my small way of preserving these wonderful memories forever.
I was born and brought up in Bombay, India, a beautiful and energetic city which has a New York vibe. You have to live there or visit at least once in your lifetime to feel it! Mumbai is the food capital of India. From street food to fine dining, this city is home to a myriad of cuisines . We also have our own versions of world cuisines – French toast, Chinese Bhel, Indian Curry Pasta to name a few. We are a family of vegetarians since many generations. My interest in cooking started as a child, watching my mom cook. Actually, both my parents are wonderful cooks which my younger brother and I relished growing up. I have a memory of hosting my very own cookery show for my brother when I was 10! Being a Home Science graduate, I have studied Food & Nutrition for 5 years and hence have some bookish knowledge on this subject as well. Here is me (just a year old) with my parents. My blog is dedicated to them – My Inspiration!
After working as a Human Resource professional in a multinational for more than a decade, I decided to call it quits and got married to KR. Post-marriage, I moved to the United States, found a loving family in his home and was content being a homemaker. But KR kept urging me to explore my creativity and venture into something new and exciting. And then just like that I started this food blog one afternoon only to realize in a few days that I loved doing this. I enjoyed the whole process of developing a recipe, capturing the food through my lens, feeding my family and friends with a new dish each time and seeing them devour it. All this still gives me immense happiness. KR is my guinea pig when it comes to my recipes (only). He is the one who first tries my recipes and gives me honest feedback. He also knows now to never touch any food until I have finished photographing it! He is my hand model and my cameraman for all my LIVE videos. He is also the brainchild behind designing this blog. Drumroll for Kartik! Thank you honey. It has been a great journey thus far!
Now I am obsessed with it. I eat, sleep, breathe about Cookilicious. I daydream about new recipes, do mystery box challenges on myself and enjoy showing off my new creations to KR when he gets back home. I make cooking even more fun by always listening to some music (secretly followed by a little dance performance in my kitchen) while I cook thus making it therapeutic. I love my new identity today as a Food Blogger at Cookilicious. Want to know me more? Well, I am a crazy girl-woman with varied interests. The flat-lay picture below will give you a sneak peek into my world of favorites. It is really a wonder that I could fit them all in here!
Thank you for stopping by and wanting to know more about me. If you have a fun story, or want to share your grandma’s recipe that I can feature here or just feel like sharing some feedback on my recipe or if you have any other questions, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear back from you. You may also fill out the form below instead. Celebrate good food, family, friends and life! Happy Cooking with Cookilicious! We are all Social Media today. let’s follow each other!