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For me food is like a hug as I go down the memory lane.

I love food.  Every aspect of it — sight, smell, taste.   It’s comforting, satisfying, humbling, rooting, and connecting on every day level.  Over the years I have learned the value of food in a very different way:  simple and clean food can be very gratifying physically and emotionally.  It doesn’t have to be either foam or out of a microwavable box.  Taking the time to cook for yourself and your friends and family should not be a painful ritual.  Simple ingredients from the fridge and pantry can be turned into a wholesome meal.

Food brings back a lot of memories and and keeps us rooted.  It gives us comfort in good times and troubled times.  Let’s honor it by cooking with love, savoring our food, and nourishing our families.  And please, don’t forget its source– the people who work hard to bring fresh ingredients to us.  I am thankful to those hands who work tirelessly on farms to bring us this bounty.

My focus in this blog is to bring clean, natural vegetarian food to the table.

Happy and content eaters are my reward!

My name is Renu, and I live in beautiful southern California. I have always loved food as far as I can remember. Cooking simple and clean vegetarian food is my passion. The simplicity of wholesome meals always amazes me –it takes so little to create something so satisfying! Fresh produce, fragrant herbs, and aromatic spices are my cooking companions. And not to forget, a hearty loaf of bread with good olive oil. I can not imagine my life without the two. I also enjoy traveling, nature walks, and yoga.

Come join me and cook simple wholesome meals. I would love to hear your thoughts and views.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2012 3:49 am

    I am also a health food cook though not as accomplished as you. I love you recipes!

    • December 4, 2012 12:20 am

      Thanks! I try to eat healthy but not sacrifice flavor. A little indulgence sometimes is fine with me though.

  2. January 7, 2013 1:51 pm

    What a wonderful blog full of delicious recipes. I want to make them all!

  3. January 30, 2013 7:52 pm

    Congratulations! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!

  4. March 20, 2013 9:47 pm

    ciao! luvFAB blog.

  5. April 9, 2013 6:45 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and the like.

  6. May 26, 2013 7:17 am

    You have a beautiful blog. I love the photography and the recipes. I have nominated your blog for the Shine On Award.

    More about this nomination is at
    If you choose to do forego this nomination I won’t be offended. I know how much time they take and your time is precious. Congratulations! Carol

    • May 27, 2013 10:59 am

      Thanks Carol for the compliment and the nomination. Very nice of you to think so. It is a little hectic here right now, but I appreciate the thought. Thanks once again.

      I do enjoy reading your posts and like how consistent they are. Take care. -Renu

  7. August 19, 2013 10:28 pm

    Hi Renu, Would you mind letting me know if you are being notified of new posts to ‘tasteandlight’? I’ve just moved to self-hosted and don’t believe this is happening. Thank you very much and apologies for asking you in your comments box. Robin.

    • August 20, 2013 11:54 am

      Hi Robin, I wasn’t being notified, but thanks for letting me know. I enjoy your posts and will definitely visit. Good luck with your new site. Look forward to delicious recipes and beautiful photography.

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