Vij is a Van­cou­ver chef, au­thor and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity.

ZOOMER Magazine - - THE ZOOMER BOOK CLUB - — Athena McKen­zie

> What’s the best book you’ve read this year and why?

The book is called Flame, and it is the story of a wo­man named Shah­naz Husain, who built an em­pire of beauty sa­lons in In­dia. She is the flame: through all the storms life brought her, not one could douse her spark of free spirit.

> What book can’t you wait to dive into?

I want to read Shan­taram by Gre­gory David Roberts again. It is such a fun read, and I love the in­cred­i­bly vivid por­trait it paints of Bom­bay.

> What’s your favourite book of all time?

With­out a shadow of a doubt, A Fine Bal­ance by Ro­hin­ton Mistry.

> What book com­pletely changed your per­spec­tive?

You might think an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy wouldn’t change your own per­spec­tive, but my own book – Vij: A Chef’s OneWay Ticket to Canada With In­dian Spices in His Suit­case – did just that. It made me stop and re­al­ize what I’d achieved; it made me take time to look over my mis­takes and fail­ures and to rec­og­nize the jour­ney I had come on. It com­pletely changed my own view of my­self, even though I’d al­ready lived it. Some­times you re­ally do need to take time to smell the roses.

> If you could have din­ner with any au­thor, liv­ing or dead, who would it be?

Gandhi, Nel­son Man­dela, Martin Luther King Jr. and Michelle Obama. And I’d just cook and let them all do the talk­ing. I think lis­ten­ing to ev­ery­thing they would say would ab­so­lutely change the world!

Ma­hatma Gandhi Martin Luther King Jr. Nel­son Man­dela Michelle Obama

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