Madhushree Ghosh’s work is focused on food, immigrant journeys, social justice in particular, about women-of-color-in-science. Her debut food narrative memoir, Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey is forthcoming from University of Iowa Press, Spring 2022.

Madhushree’s work has been Pushcart-nominated and was the 2020 Notable Mention in Best American Essays in Food Writing. She has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Longreads, Catapult, Guernica, BOMB magazine, Panorama, The Rumpus, DAME, Hippocampus and others.

She is an Oakley Hall Scholar (Squaw Valley Fiction Writers’ Conference) and a 2020-21 Sirenland recipient (Positano, Italy).
Madhushree has a PhD in Biochemistry, and post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology from Johns Hopkins University, a Global Conflict Management and Negotiations certification (MBA) from Thunderbird University, an Executive Women in Leadership Certification (2020) and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certification from Cornell University (2021). She actively mentors emerging women leaders in science and works in global oncology diagnostics, based in San Diego.

nonfiction and memoirs

Published or a finalist in
The New York Times
The Missouri Review
The Chicago Quarterly Review
Panorama (Pushcart-nominated)
Garnet News
Unearth Women
The Surfers’ Journal
Hippocampus and others.

TRAVELER & EDITOR @ Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel
While her writing and day job takes her to many places and countries, Madhu lacks a sense of direction and frequently gets lost in her travels. She writes about this often as well as about the places that draw her back. She is also an avid street photographer, capturing images reflecting ordinary life and surprising stories from all over the world.

Madhu’s award-winning plays have been performed at San Diego Actors Alliance festivals.

An essay collection on outlier women, titled “Hatke: Trailblazing Outlier Women”
A memoir, “Dear Ma and Baba: Letters from a Dutiful Daughter”

Madhu is frequently invited to universities, colleges and schools to speak on her role as a woman in science, a person of color, an immigrant and daughter of refugees.

Food and food writing is one way Madhushree connects with the world. In 2015 she co-founded Desi Girl Gourmet, a healthy gourmet chutney line and tribute to her Indian roots and her life outside of India, where she brings her mother’s recipes a global flair.


“Food is what makes us talk, connect, live, love.” – Madhushree

Literary Representation

Dana Newman Literary Agency
1800 Avenue of the Stars, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County 90067, USA


Publisher, "Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory and Family"

University of Iowa Press
119 W. Park Road, 100 Kuhl House, Iowa City IA 52242-1000
Ph: 800-621-2736