Jasmine Mangalaseril is a promiscuous eater and adept home cook who writes. Sometimes she’s a writer who’s an adventurous cook with an equal opportunity gullet. It depends on the day.

Described as quick-witted and insightful, she was one of a handful who pioneered food blogging in Canada. She has spoken at BlogHer and to the Canadian Public Relations Society, and featured by Canadian Press, CanWest News, CBC, foodnetwork.ca, and SRC, as well as culture.ca and delish.com.

As a food writer, she covers a range of topics from profiles to food history to foodways, with her words having appeared in canadianliving.com, foodnetwork.ca, and pbs.com.  She’s a restaurant reviewer for the Waterloo Region Record. Her World of Food column for Grand Magazine tells the stories of people who’ve come to Waterloo Region and the foods that remind them of home. She is a member of the Association of Food Journalists.

When not eating, cooking, or writing about eating or cooking, Jasmine’s a strategic communications consultant. She’s active in her community, having served on several non-profit boards of directors and committees, including The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce’s Physician Recruitment Committee, TEDxWaterloo, and the YWCA-KW. She believes in paying it forward and is a requested communications and social media panellist, and was an adjunct faculty member of Conestoga College’s Public Relations program.

She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. You can contact here here.

Jasmine’s sites:

Confessions of a Cardamom Addict (2005-present)

Inkstained Apron (2018-present)

Rye & Ginger (2016-present)

How do you pronounce Jasmine’s surname?

It’s all short vowels, with the stresses on the first and fourth syllables:

  • Manga (as in Japanese comics, or mango (but with a short “a” at the end))
  • la (as in do re mi…)
  • seril (rhymes with barrel)