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Author Bio:

Madhushree Ghosh


Author, Social Justice Activist, Scientist


South Asian (and global) food and foodways, the science and social ramifications of food, immigrant food and journeys, women in science and food

As the daughter of refugees, and an immigrant myself, my nonfiction represents my roots and activism. My writing focuses on science, travel, immigration, women of color, food and its relation to the culture we inhabit. My work in public speaking, invited opinion editorials, essays and long form nonfiction reflects my roots, activism and my life as a woman of color in science who creates community through food.

My nonfiction has been awarded (Pushcart-nominated, Best American Essays in Food Writing Notable Mention). I have held editorial positions in Panorama, as Gastronomy editor and at Del Sol Review, as International Fiction editor.

My food narrative memoir, “Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory and Family”, about my New Delhi childhood in the 1980s, explores how immigrant food has traveled globally through home cooks, chefs and people of color and how food traces human journeys braided with how I moved to America, created home through food and kept my parents’ memory alive through food.

Photography by Natalie Joy Mitchell


Conversations with Madhushree Ghosh:

  • With Authors Mayukh Sen and Mira Jacob, Center for Fiction, New York, April 2022
  • With Author Adrienne Brodeur, Warwicks Bookstore, La Jolla, April 2022

  • Keynote speaker, San Diego Memoir Writers Association, April 2022

  • Desi Books Discourse: Food Writing as a Social Justice Tool, with Anjali Enjeti and Aruni Kashyap, May 2022


Madhushree has written prolifically on how food—especially South Asian food—travels globally though immigration, migration and indenture. As the daughter of refugees and an immigrant to America, food stories inform her about the history of her people, how they traveled and what happened to them when they held onto recipes, let go or modified them over countries, continents and generations. Madhushree Ghosh’s debut food narrative memoir, KHABAAR: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family, was published in 2022 by the University of Iowa Press (@uiowapress) to great acclaim. KHABAAR focuses on chefs, home cooks, and food stall owners, and the author’s own immigrant journey as the daughter of refugees, questioning what it means to belong and what does “belonging” in a new place look like in the foods carried over from the old country.

Besides writing about food, recipes and history of food from South Asia, Madhushree works in oncology and infectious diseases’ diagnostics in San Diego where she is a sought-after speaker at major food and book festivals, women in science forums as well as global conversations on domestic partner violence in the South Asian immigrant communities in America.

Her work has been a Notable Mention in Best American Essays in Food Writing, Pushcart nominated and published in The New York Times, Vogue India, Washington Post, LA Times, The Writer, Longreads, Catapult, BOMB, Guernica, LA Review of Books, LitHub and others. She is an invited workshop leader at conferences and workshops such as Grub Street Writers, Encinitas Writers Workshop, San Diego Memoir Writers’ Workshop and others.


PhD in biochemistry, University of Maryland, College Park
Postdoctoral fellowship, molecular biology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Executive MBA, Conflict Management and Negotiations, Thunderbird University, Arizona
Executive Women in Leadership, Executive Management course, Cornell University
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Executive Management course, Cornell University
Sirenland Writers Conference: 2014-2019, fellowship 2020
Tin House Writers Workshop: 2011/2012

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