Kausar Ahmed // Karachi Kitchen

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“I always felt there was a huge confusion between Indian and Pakistani food, and specifically food from Karachi. Very, very similar—but yet different. So that's where I wanted to come in and talk about it, and I wanted conversations to start.”

– Kausar Ahmed

This week, we’re excited to welcome KAUSAR AHMED to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories on cookbooks.

Kausar is a chef, educator, and food stylist. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan and her debut cookbook, The Karachi Kitchen: Classic and Contemporary Flavors of Pakistan, explores the flavors of her hometown. She is also the founder of Kitchen Craft, an organization that offers nutrition/cooking classes to women and youth in Karachi's high-risk communities.

In today’s show, we’re talking with Kausar about Karachi cuisine, her process to self-publishing her cookbook, and how she's leaning into her role as an educator.

Also in today’s show: We’re catching up with food writer and cookbook reviewer PAULA FORBES to discuss this fall’s seafood cookbooks.

And: We’re stopping by OMNIVORE BOOKS in San Francisco to chat with CELIA SACK.


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The Karachi Kitchen
By Kausar Ahmed