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At The Table With...Nazihah Adil Siddiqui of PAPER/PLATES

At The Table With...Nazihah Adil Siddiqui of PAPER/PLATES


Today we're crushing on Nazihah Adil Siddiqui, a 24-year-old Chicago graduate student and frequent contributor to PAPER/PLATES. This talented lady is known for her soft-spoken and creative nature. On a recent visit to The Art Institute, Nazihah informed me that she often visits the museum alone, spending hours reading every plaque and learning about the pieces for no reason other than simply having a passion for art. That thought and care extends to other areas of her life, as well, as she often takes on new projects for their ability to challenge and fulfill her. 

Read on to get to know Nazihah!

What is your all-time favorite book?

This is a tough question. I think I have different favorites at different points in my life. I would say that some constants are The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.

What meal do you love to cook?

I love to cook Indian food. My mom always prepared Indian food for dinner while growing up and I never feel full until I have eaten a plate of rice and curry. 

What is your favorite food scene from a book?

I would have to say the various feasts that occur in the Great Hall in the Harry Potter series, from Christmas to the end of term. I can only imagine how many house elves it takes to conjure up such a spread. 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee out of necessity and tea as a luxury.

What is the last book you abandoned?

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. I keep meaning to return to it but I think the length and the fact that biography is not my preferred genre are making it difficult. Maybe one day.

Author you’d most like to meet for dinner, and your order?

I think I would have to go with Jhumpa Lahiri. Her ability to capture the nuances of the immigrant experience has always struck me. Rather than go out, I would love to try and impress her with my own Indian cooking!

Where do you go to find new recipes? New reads?

I usually know what I want to cook before I look up a recipe, so a simple Google search usually lands me on one of several websites, including allrecipes.com, Food Network, Smitten Kitchen, and The Pioneer Woman. Book recommendations I find on PAPER/PLATES and NPR Books. I also rely on book recommendations from Facebook and Twitter feeds.

What are your favorite blogs, and why?

I hate to admit it but the only blog I consistently follow is PAPER/PLATES. I end up on so many other blogs depending on whether I am looking for a recipe or design inspiration but I really need to start following more of them!

What is your favorite thing about contributing to PAPER/PLATES?

I love being able to put my thoughts into writing. So often I move from book to book without stopping to think about its broader significance and I appreciate the opportunity to really delve deeper into the prose. Thinking outside the box to come up with creative food pairings is also a perk!

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