Companion to Pakistani Cuisine


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Pakistan’s diverse cuisine has been influenced by its rich history and varied topography. With a cuisine that is at once as old as the most ancient civilization that once inhabited these lands and as young as the latest fast-food recipe downloaded from the Internet, Pakistani cuisine is constantly evolving. This book is the first of its kind in Pakistan and aims to encompass all major aspects of Pakistan’s culinary offerings. Through an exhaustive but meticulous selection of subjects and detailed entries on them by experts in their field, this encyclopaedia offers an insight into the gastronomic history and food ethos of Pakistan. The volume will serve as a valuable reference book on almost all the elements of Pakistani food, including people, places, events, historical data, and food culture. It draws on subjects like archaeology, history, botany, and anthropology. Providing a wealth of information on food materials and the cuisine of the country, it includes descriptions of dishes from across Pakistan, cooking techniques practiced, and ingredients and utensils commonly used.

Author Description

Shanaz Ramzi is currently Chief Executive Officer of Star Links PR and Events and President TravelinPk, and has been working as a freelance journalist since 1994. A prolific writer, she has written on a variety of subjects for various publications, both local and international, and is the author of Food Prints: An Epicurean Voyage through Pakistan (OUP, 2012), and Food Tales (2021). A regular contributor to the magazine sections of the English daily Dawn and the erstwhile monthly magazine Newsline, Ramzi has been twice nominated for the Gender in Journalism Award by UNESCO. Her essays have been published in the book titled Pakistan’s Radioactive Decade: An Informal Cultural History of the 1970s (OUP, 2019). She has also edited various publications including Humsay, Masala TV Food Mag, Pakistan’s widely circulated food magazine, Mise en Place, Glam, and the World Gourmand Peace Award-winning book Zaiqay Frontier Ke: Dera Ismail Khan Ke Bhule Bisre Pakwan.

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