My Two SouthsBlending the Flavors of India into a Southern Kitchen


My Two Souths takes you on a culinary journey with Chef Asha Gomez, from her small village in the Kerala region of southern India to her celebrated restaurants in Atlanta, and on into your kitchen. Her singular recipes are rooted in her love of Deep-South cooking, as well as the Southern Indian flavors of her childhood home. These “Two Souths” that are close to her heart are thousands of miles apart, yet share similarities in traditions, seasonings, and most importantly, an abiding appreciation of food as both celebration and comfort. Here she shares more than 125 recipes, including: Black Cardamom Smothered Pork Chop, Vivid Tomato and Cheese Pie, Kerala Fried Chicken and Waffles, Three Spice Carrot Cake.

Asha Gomez was born in the Kerala region of Southern India, and came to settle in Atlanta when she married. In 2010 she started the “Spice Route Supper Club,” where she hosted monthly dinners in her home, and soon became a sensation in the Atlanta culinary scene. She opened Cardamom Hill in 2012, which was given a “Best New Restaurant” award from Bon Appetit, Southern Living, and the James Beard foundation. Asha was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chef for both 2013 and 2014. She has now expanded her restaurants to include two other venues, The Third Space and Spice to Table. She lives in Atlanta.

Martha Hall Foose wrote the James Beard Award-winning southern cookbook, Screen Doors and Sweet Teaand A Southerly Course: Recipes & Stories from Close to Home. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi.