Artwork inspired by the search for spices.
The Story of Patel Brothers
"It was an issue of appetite, mostly. His meals were the places where this alienation became most stark, dinners like small marches of misery, with American flavors he found difficult to find comfort in— nothing like the khichdi or curries he had grown up eating. Where was rice flour? Turmeric? This was an era in which Indians had to stuff canisters of these ingredients inside their checked luggage."
J. Ranji Smile
"More discerning folks recognized him immediately. He was no prince at all, but a chef — and quite an accomplished one at that. Two years prior, he had grabbed headlines as Joe Ranji Smile, sometimes shortening the Joe to 'J.' He was a cook at Sherry’s, a tony Manhattan establishment, and he hailed from what was then colonial India but is today Pakistan. As an 1899 article syndicated in papers across the country surmised, this colorful man who dazzled diners with his 'curry of chicken Madras' and 'Bombay Duck” was 'the first India [sic] chef America has ever seen.'"
Artwork by Hanifa Abdul Hameed.
Safwat Saleem's new collection for SAADA, inspired by the search for spices.