My name is Samita Sarkar. I’m an author, teacher, 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 new vegan cookbook, Taste Tests.
My work has appeared in Entrepreneur, The Huffington Post and Thought Catalog.
To read more of my writing, you can check out some of the links below.