• Food historian and author Salma Yusuf Husain has spent a lifetime studying Indian food and has used her knowledge of the Persian language to explore the history of food from the Mughal era. She has travelled extensively in search of culinary delights from different parts of the world and has worked with celebrity chef Gary Rhodes for a television show and also with South Korean television for a series on Indian food. She is a regular on Indian television for food-related shows and has worked as a consultant with ITC Hotels. She has written several cookbooks, including the award-winning the Emperor’s Table: The Art of Mughal Cuisine (Roli Books), which received the National Tourism Award in 2009 and the Best in the World Gourmand Award for culinary history the same year. A recent work of hers is a heritage volume tracing the history of dining and entertainment at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Around India’s First Table. Salma contributes stories on culinary history to the Urdu section of the BBC. She enjoys cooking for her friends and does it with great love and passion.

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