About A Smart Mouth

About A Smart Mouth
A Smart Mouth is about nourishing, flavorful food. The recipes on this site are original or pulled straight from the family recipe box (unless I find some inspiration in a book or magazine and indicate as such). They come from a love of good food, people, and the romantic history of the whereabouts of it all. A lot of the food blends South Indian flavors with American-style recipes, using local ingredients in and around New York City or picked from my mother’s beautiful garden in northwestern Connecticut. Enjoy!

About Anjuli
I care deeply about food. I am enchanted by its history, enraged by Industry’s role to solely profit from it, humbled by its honest cultivators and creators, inspired by its healing and nurturing qualities, awed by the science of it, enlivened by its taste, engaged with its followers, and compelled every day to treasure it, share it with others, and experience over and over its limitless wealth and source for knowledge.

I am a student of food. I lived in New York City for ten years. I am now on a journey around the country (and hopefully soon the world), exploring, eating, and documenting my journey in the kitchen and on the road. Currently living in Portland. Check out my bookshelves. Read more about Anjuli.

A Smart Mouth says…

::: Eat early, eat often

::: Food is for nourishment, not punishment

::: Don’t let your sweet tooth speak for your whole mouth

::: Don’t diet

::: Respect your food, respect yourself

::: They are no bad ingredients, just misunderstood ones

::: Get to know those who grow

::: Brands and labels don’t make good food; people do

::: Good ingredients make good food

::: Good food tastes good

::: If you can eat, you can cook

::: A hot flame and a sturdy pan; the rest is just for show

::: Recipes come and go, but techniques are forever

::: Your freezer is your friend

::: Many great foods come from happy accidents

::: Food science is knowledge, not magic

::: Lean meats make good eats

::: A little flavor goes a long way

::: Cooking that excites the senses nourishes the body

::: Enjoy the fat

::: Share your food

::: Every meal is a celebration in the making

::: Adventure awaits…

  1. Paul wrote:

    I had no idea that you were a foodie. I love to cook and just invent dishes around what I find in the market. It’s a great shift from writing and a rewarding task.

    November 6th, 2009 at 12:02 am
  2. Mary Mitchell wrote:

    Anj. Dan shared the Thanksgiving feast with me. Looked great. Mary M

    November 29th, 2009 at 2:26 pm
  3. Maharlika Sage wrote:

    love this site– i will share it with other foodies. m

    December 1st, 2009 at 3:56 pm
  4. Anjuli wrote:

    Maharlika: Thank you for the positive feedback :)

    December 5th, 2009 at 8:43 pm
  5. Aaron D. wrote:

    Cool blog Anjuli! The food system in America is broken and it’s up to us to fix it…

    July 7th, 2010 at 10:43 am
  6. msjoan2010 wrote:

    I have taken a plunge into eating wisely. I am a plus size woman with a moderate lifestyle. I discovered your site when I was inquiring on how to make ghee. All I have to say is: thank you, thank you, thank you….. I am not overwhelmed with the information but enlightened by it. You have helped me tremendously with so many questions that I have had with food. Plus I love what the smart mouth says…. I will live, eat and be wise by it… Again, Thanks….

    February 4th, 2011 at 8:49 pm
  7. Zuleika Llanos wrote:

    Hola Anjuli!

    Espero que el viaje de ustedes esté saliendo según lo previsto y estén aprendiendo muchas cosas:) Hace algún tiempo que quería preguntarte algo sobre peces. Estoy tratando de comer mejor y con esa intención en mente quisiera comer más pescado pero no estoy segura qué especie debo comer. Me gusta el salmón y tilapia por ejemplo pero recuerdo que me comentaste que debería tener cuidado ya que son peces que tienen muchas toxinas. ¿Cuál me recomiendas? You can tell me in English and I can look for it on the internet. I hope you can help me with this problem:)

    Saludos para ti y Matt, – Zule

    July 17th, 2011 at 1:29 am
  8. rhiby wrote:

    oooh! I like your little ‘sayings’. I totally agree with all of them, especially “don’t diet’ and ‘they’re are no bad foods, only misunderstood ones’. Yes! I am looking forward to reading more :)

    February 6th, 2012 at 8:41 am

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