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Vishwesh Bhatt

I Am from Here: Stories and Recipes from a Southern Chef

A native of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, Vishwesh Bhatt has made his home in Oxford, Mississippi, for more than twenty years. As the executive chef of Snackbar, where he has cooked for the last twelve years, he was nominated for People’s Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine and won the 2019 James Beard Award for Best Chef: South. 

One of the South’s best chefs invites you to grill, stew, and fry your own way to a more expansive and delicious dinner. In his long-anticipated cookbook, I Am from Here: Stories and Recipes from a Southern Chef, James Beard Award–winning chef Vishwesh Bhatt shares his worldly life story through 130 recipes that pay homage to traditional southern and Indian ingredients while exploring the unexpected delight of partnering the two. He makes an elegant, delicious case that a more expansive, inclusive South is a more delicious South—for everyone. 

Sponsored in part by Friends of Central Arkansas Library System

Photo: Angie Mosier

October 29, 4pm, Saturday

Cooking Workshops

Evolving American South Cooking Workshop

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James Beard award winner Vishwesh Bhatt captures the “evolving American South” in his debut cookbook, I Am From Here: Stories and Recipes From a Southern Chef.  Included in NPR’s ‘Books We Love in 2022’, this dazzling blend of stories, photos and recipes makes the compelling case for a Southern cuisine defined by inclusion, innovation and tradition. Bhatt will cook something “unpretentious, inventive and incredibly delicious” for the group to sample. Limited seating. Sponsored in part by Friends of Central Arkansas Library System

Saturday, Oct. 29, Roosevelt Thompson Library (38 Rahling Circle), 4pm $15

Bhatt and Thomas will be on a free panel discussion at the Thompson Library the same day, 1pm

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October 29, 1 - 2pm, Saturday

Speaker Schedule

Vishwesh Bhatt + Lauren Thomas

One of the South’s best chefs invites you to grill, stew, and fry your own way to a more expansive and delicious dinner. In his long-anticipated cookbook, I Am from Here: Stories and Recipes from a Southern Chef, James Beard Award–winning chef Vishwesh Bhatt shares his worldly life story through 130 recipes that pay homage to traditional southern and Indian ingredients while exploring the unexpected delight of partnering the two. He makes an elegant, delicious case that a more expansive, inclusive South is a more delicious South—for everyone.

The Modern Hippie Table invites you to slow down and create a sanctuary at home, using food and conversation to bring people together, strengthen family bonds, and forge lifelong friendships. The more than seventy recipes are elevated, yet simplified, ensuring the host has plenty of time to enjoy the gathering, and there are menus to help plan any meal, big or small. Gorgeous, doable decorating ideas for the tabletop allow the host to set the scene quickly and economically to create an atmosphere of laidback elegance, encouraging everyone to use their inner Modern Hippie to find joy in the art of cooking and entertaining.

Sponsored by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Friends of Central Arkansas Library System

Roosevelt Thompson Library (38 Rahling Circle), 1-2 p.m.