Ann Ittoop Ann Ittoop is an Indian-American food storyteller and blog writer behind The Familiar Kitchen. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, to parents born in Kerala, India. From an evolving desire to understand how to live with two cultures and love for the flavors she grew up with, cooking became a profound playground for her self-discovery. Combining heirloom family recipes with poetic storytelling, Ann illustrates the magic tucked between recipes and how it can help others discover their own familiar kitchen. About Southern Living Southern Living, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, celebrates the food, homes, places, and culture of the South. We reach 7.2 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.