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My name is Samita Sarkar. I’m an author, and lover of animals and nature.

I’ve had a writer’s callous on my hand for as long as I can remember. My parents say I was born with it. I did not know exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I knew I wanted to write. I started writing stories as soon as I learned how to hold a scented marker.

I love to eat fruits, vegetables, rice, beans…and desserts. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was about 13, which is coincidentally, also around the time I started experimenting in the kitchen. (I say experimenting because baking is truly a science as much as it is an art.) I was always playing with the recipes, trying to find ways to tweak them to make them eggless or with less oil and butter.

Eventually, through trial and error, I began finding ways to make desserts that were not only completely vegan, but healthy, and actually easier than the recipes I was finding in books or blogs—all without compromising taste!

I enjoyed testing things out to see which flavours would work well together (like mom’s favourite: my orange-vanilla cake with coconut flakes on top).

Me with a large mango, AKA “the king of fruits.”

Making peach cobbler.

I’m actually the rogue daughter of two chemistry phDs, who bit the bullet and decided to pursue a career in the arts instead, writing books and teaching. I teach English, as well as an online vegan baking course that you can take for free.

Because I like to learn as much as I love teaching, I started pursuing a second degree in the sciences at Athabasca University, and it wasn’t long before I was drawing parallels between the concepts I was learning in my classes and what I was doing in the kitchen. I found a way to marry my loves of writing, baking, and science through my vegan cookbook, Taste Tests.