Hey kids,

I’m Devon, the sautéer-in-chief here at Vagabond Cookbook. I started this blog in 2015 when I got tired of seeing the same dull dishes on every cooking site I visited.

You know what I’m talking about. Eighty-four different recipes for spaghetti? Sixty-eight for Caesar salad? Does the world need another “best ever” burger recipe? Another macaroni-and-cheese how-to?

Devon, the creator of Vagabond Cookbook

There’s a whole world of bomb-ass cooking we can learn from. China. Morocco. Peru. Russia. Nepal. Name a region and you’ll find incredible dish after incredible dish in its heritage. We all know it.

But if you’re living in the U.S., you probably don’t make them at home. You might hit up the Korean barbecue or grab a falafel for lunch, but you wouldn’t dream of cooking them yourself. At home, you just grill a boneless, skinless chicken breast and call it dinner.

Fuck that noise. You deserve better.

Enter, this website. Vagabond Cookbook is about taking off the blinders to world cuisine. It’s about putting together great flavours, wherever they come from. It’s about de-exoticizing classic dishes and ingredients from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and everywhere else. It’s about showing that regular people from anywhere can cook the food of any culture with a little knowledge, respect, patience, and open-mindedness.

But mostly, it’s about dick jokes and references to ‘90s hip-hop.

Let’s make this clear from the start: I’m not a chef and I’m as white and bland as the rice I blog about. I have no professional credentials backing me up and I’ve got no ethnic authority on “authentic” regional cooking (Newfoundland excepted). All I’ve got is a lot of trial-and-error as I search for something good to eat. Just like your grandma, really.

So, thanks for joining me on my quest to get everyone cooking a more varied and worldly menu at home. Now, put the chicken back in the fridge and let’s cook somethin’.

– Devon

P.S. Want to know more about my love of cooking, horror movies, Seinfeld, craft beer, obnoxious scarves, Talking Heads, podcasts, or hot turkey sandwiches? Hit me up at devon.wells@gmail.com