Online Event

Salt + Spine Cookbook Club

Dinner Party with Priya Krishna

Thu | Aug 20, 2020 | 5:30–7P PT

Featured Author Priya Krishna

Guest Host Brian Hogan Stewart

For our August club, we’re honored to welcome featured guest, Priya Krishna, and her cookbook, Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family. Join Priya, Salt + Spine host Brian Hogan Stewart, and other club participants for a Virtual Dinner Party, where you can cook along with the author (or just watch!), then enjoy the opportunity to ask your cooking questions and meet other cookbook lovers.
The Salt & Spine Cookbook Club is like a ‘regular’ book club…but with a very special twist. Each month, we focus on one cookbook, reading, cooking, and connecting about it on social media (see “Participate” below). The bonus is that every month we’ll get together live with the author for a Dinner Party. For now, the Dinner Party will be virtual (via Zoom), and we look forward to the day when the club can meet in person at The Civic Kitchen.

Menu | Recipes

The Most Basic Dal

Bhindi (Charred, Spiced Okra)

Ingredient/Equipment Prep

Click the button below to see the ingredients, equipment and prep lists for this experience. If you have questions, please email us .

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There’s no charge to take part in other Cookbook Club activities:


Start the month by tuning in as Priya Krishna sits down with Salt + Spine host Brian Hogan Stewart to talk about her career, her cookbooks, and more. Already listened? Take a moment to re-visit the episode.

Priya Krishna on Salt + Spine


Grab your copy of Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family and pick some recipes you’d like to make this month. Click here for featured recipes to get you started:
Don’t have a copy of Indian-ish yet? You can purchase one from our friends at Omnivore Books, or support other local bookstores by purchasing your book at The Lit. Bar, Bookshop or Indiebound. You can also check local libraries for hard copies or digital versions.


Show off what you’re cooking from Indian-ish! Snap a pic and make sure to use the hashtag #TalkCookbooks when sharing. And see what others are making, too!
Plus, learn from Priya as she shares cooking tips, recipes, behind-the-scenes content, and more—exclusively on our social media pages.

This salt + spine cookbook club dinner party is live and interactive.

The Dinner Party is held via Zoom, and you only need to purchase one spot per household. After registering, you will receive instructions for logging into the event. If applicable, cook-along recipes will be available 48 hours prior to the start of the event.

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Featured Author

Priya Krishna

PRIYA KRISHNA is a food writer and regular contributor for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Bon Appétit, and others, and the author of the cookbook, Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family. She is also one of the hosts on Bon Appétit’s YouTube channel.


Guest Host

Brian Hogan Stewart

BRIAN HOGAN STEWART is the host and creator of Salt + Spine. He is a once-budding chef who passed on a culinary school degree to pursue journalism. He's not a professional cook nor a cookbook author—but an avid home cook and an enthusiastic cookbook collector, with a collection now in the hundreds. (That may seem like a lot to some, but he envies Diana Henry’s 4,000-book library almost daily!)
Brian has worked extensively in journalism and new media, including leading a media company featuring a daily newspaper with circulation of 50,000+, a nightly newscast, and multiple digital properties. He has conducted hundreds (and hundreds…) of interviews throughout his career, including time spent covering food culture and personalities in the midwest.
Brian is a native of Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism, English, and American studies.