Literary fiction, Non fiction.
Dr. Tarana Husain Khan is a writer and food historian based in Rampur. Her articles on Rampur cuisine, culture and oral history have appeared in Eaten Magazine, Scroll, The Wire and DailyO. She wrote a monthly column on Rampur cuisine, ‘Food Fables’ in DailyO. Her historical fiction, ‘The Begum and the Dastan’ was published in March 2021 by Tranquebar, an imprint of Westland. She has contributed a short story to the anthologies Desi Delicacies (Pan Macmillan, India) and Dastarkhwan: Food Writing from South Asia and Diaspora (Beacon Books, UK). She hosts and curates a website on Rampur culture and oral history (taranakhanauthor.com). She also curates the Forgotten Foods series of articles on Scroll. Her book on Rampur cuisine, ‘Rampuri Cuisine: Food Fables, Memories and Recipes’, shall be published by Penguin India in 2022.
She is currently working on a Global Challenges Research Fund and Arts and Humanities Research Council funded research project, ‘Forgotten Food: Culinary Memory, Local Heritage and Lost Agricultural Varieties in India’.
Her first novel, ‘I’m Not a Bimbette’ (2015) and its sequel ‘Cyber Bullied’ (2020) were published by Juggernaut Books. She founded the ‘Rampur Book Club’ in 2016 to promote reading of world literature in Rampur.
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