Our Rendezvous with Anjali Shah

Welcome to inChefs’ Food Blogging Series, our little hub of online information and insight from bloggers in the culinary world. Our guest today is Anjali Shah, a Board Certified Health Coach, a wife, a mom, as well as a food blogger from the San Francisco Bay Area (now living in Ann Arbor, Michigan). Anjali has a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty, and fun.

Anjali Shah 1Food Blog Journey: Anjali Shah of The Picky Eater blog

Q. What is the name and URL of your blog?

A.  The Picky Eater – http://pickyeaterblog.com

QWhat inspired you to be a food blogger?

A.  I originally started my blog to chronicle my adventures in cooking healthy meals for my “fast-food-loving” husband. I grew up a “whole wheat” girl, but married a “white bread” kind of guy. Hoping to prove that nutritious food could in fact be delicious and desirable, I taught myself how to cook and successfully transformed my husband’s eating habits from a diet of frozen pizzas and Taco Bell to my healthy, yet flavorful recipes made with simple, wholesome ingredients. Through my blog, The Picky Eater, I share my passion for tasty, healthy cooking.

Q. Who is your culinary icon, and why?

A.  Alice Waters – because she revolutionized the local, organic, whole food movement in the Bay Area, and because she created the Edible Schoolyard which brings gardening and cooking whole foods to local schools! Also, her food is absolutely amazing: simple ingredients, big flavors, and healthy.

*Q. What is your favorite part of being a food blogger?

A.  I love being able to share my passion for healthy food with the world! My favorite part is when I get emails from readers telling me how much I’ve changed their lives and helped them to eat healthier – that is the best part of my day.

QWhat one word would define your culinary style?

A. Family-friendly!

Q. *What’s the most important change you’ve made on your blog in the last year?*

A. I recently redesigned my blog to make it easier to navigate, and to provide more room for my food photos!

QIf you had to choose one kitchen tool you could not live without, what would it be and why?

A. My immersion blender – it’s great for making soups creamy (without using any butter or cream), and it’s a wonderful tool for making smoothies (which are an easy, healthy and delicious breakfast) as well!

Q. What’s the best food photography tip you’ve learned in the past year?

A. Natural light is the best light to shoot in – always!

Q. Which three cities would you like to travel to purely for culinary reasons?

A. Paris, New York, Rome.

Q. How do you spend your time when you are not in the kitchen?

A. I love being active and doing things outside: running, hiking, dancing, traveling are some of my favorite ways to do that! I also love spending time with friends and family, and reading great books!

Q. What one advice would you give to aspiring food bloggers?

A. Be yourself! It’s important to have a real clear vision of your voice as a blogger and your mission/purpose for writing. Don’t worry about building an audience or social media or any of that. If you’re putting out good, authentic, engaging content with your original voice, everything else will come.