The inspiration for this blog comes after several years of visiting the Nepalese Himalayas, watching talented local cooks preparing amazing dishes from (sometimes few) home-grown ingredients, foraging the forests for delicacies like wild mushrooms, and serving meals that are eligible for Michelin quality restaurants. It is a country of impressive cultural, ecological and culinary diversity, a fact that is often overlooked. Food is a building material of the resilient communities I have worked with, a guest at every festival, and a gift to be shared between everyone. In fact, the way food and cuisine have developed into social fabric, have been grown, and blended, and crafted, is a lens with which to understand Nepalese history and culture more broadly. This and much more is the purpose of this blog: an exploration of the colourful dynamism of Himalayan cuisine, its recipes, history, anthropology, chefs, and archaeology. Welcome to the smorgasboard!