I am Chinmayie. I am the cook, photographer and writer behind this blog. My food blog ‘Love Food Eat’ is over 2 years old and it is all about the ‘Loving the food you eat’.
About My Blog
‘Love Food Eat’ is a vegetarian food blog with lots of healthy recipes, which are all cooked with love in my own kitchen. I believe in eating simple real/whole food, which is made from scratch at home. I strive to eat locally grown, seasonal, fresh and sustainable food whenever possible. We switched to Organic Food some time back so all my latest recipes are mostly organic. You will also find a lot of Vegan recipes on this blog as I consciously try to eat as much plant based food as possible for environmental and ethical reasons.
Here at ‘Love Food Eat’, cooking is a lot more than just whipping up a quick meal. The food we eat defines who we are. We really enjoy cooking as a relaxing unwinding activity that the whole family enjoys and celebrates together. We like to live unhurriedly and eat slow food.
The recipes at Love Food Eat range from very authentic Havyaka cooking to innovative/experimental vegan baking. While on a day-to-day basis, I am very content eating humble regional food that I grew up on; I am very passionate about global cuisine and new ingredients. I absolutely love to experiment in the kitchen. As all my friends and family know, I can never really follow a recipe and there is always a little signature twist in them, which is my own. Since I create recipes spontaneously deepening on my mood and what’s around me, I can almost never cook the same thing twice.
I have loved cooking and eating all my life! I was born and raised in Puttur a small town near Mangalore. I moved to Bangalore to study and have lived here ever since. I discovered my true love for cooking when I started living on my own and had to cook by myself for the first time. Starting from bread and egg to Maggi noodles, I moved on to try all recipes I could lay my hands on.
I grew up eating hearty vegetarian Havyaka food. After more than 10 years of cooking and eating food from all over the world, I remain a vegetarian and a south Indian comfort food lover at heart till this date.
I now live in South Bangalore with my husband and daughter (expecting my second currently) and they both share my love for food. I am a former graphic designer who now is a full time mother. We are homeschooling our 4 year old daughter and when I am not blogging I am busy painting/reading/playing or running around with her. I am passionate about parenting, children, education and learning.
All photos in ‘Love Food Eat’ are my own unless stated otherwise.
I picked my first DSLR just a couple of months before I started the blog to as a hopelessly in love new mother who wanted to capture every single moment of her daughter’s life. After starting this blog I spent hours learning about food photography, colours, composition etc. After 2 years, food photography is as important to ‘Love Food Eat’ as it’s recipes!
My photography has strong influences from my art and design background. My photos are very minimal, uncluttered and most of the time, dark/ moody. I like hard shadows and rustic styling. I am not into elaborate food styling and I like playing with colours, forms and textures in the food and the lighting around.
I have a Canon 550D with a 50mm 1.8 lens. I take all my photos with just natural light. I have no other gadget or equipment and no formal training. I am a completely self-taught food photographer.
My blog is open for promotions and advertising of food products provided it goes with my food philosophy and belief. I am completely against mass produced, ecologically harmful, overly processed, unhealthy food so I would not be interested in reviewing such products on my blog. But if you have a new interesting product which is healthy/sustainable/organic and related to food, I would be thrilled to try it out and share information with my readers.
There was a time when I loved eating out but with time I have slowly grown over it and I prefer home cooked meals over restaurant food any day! I might not be interested in trying every new restaurant in town and blogging about it. If it’s something really unique and if I feel it’s worth braving Bangalore traffic and spending my precious few hours away from my daughter, I might consider it.
Please don’t invite me to your restaurant and send me a product and assume that it’s going to appear on my blog. It’s completely my decision if it’s worth sharing it with my readers. I do not want to be used as a free marketing tool by anybody unless it’s something I want to experience and learn from.
I am interested in taking up Food Photography and Food writing projects, which are exciting and challenging. I would prefer assignments, which allows me to work (shoot or write) from home.
My blog is my portfolio and if this is what you are looking for, write to me!
Get in Touch
I am humbled by all the emails/messages/comments I receive from all you readers! At any given time, I have a dozen of them in my inbox waiting to be answered. With my latest decision to spend less time on the computer, it’s getting very difficult to write back to all of you.
So if you have written to me and wondered why I never wrote back, all I want to say is “I am sorry!” I want each one of you to know that I am trying hard to get back to as many people as possible every day but a few emails go unanswered once in a while.
Please remember that hearing from you all means a lot to me. Even when I don’t write back I ALWAYS read all the emails/messages.
Keep them coming to keep me going…
Write to me – Chinmayie.firstname.lastname@example.org