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Colleen Taylor Sen is a Chicago-based author and food historian specializing in South Asian cuisine. She is the author or coauthor of six books: Food Culture in India; Curry: A Global History; Turmeric: The Wonder Spice; Pakoras, Paneer, Pappadums: A Guide to North American Indian Restaurants; Street Food Around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture; and Feasts and Fasts: A History of Food in India. Feasts and Fasts was named one of the best food books of 2015 by Vogue and Smithsonian Magazine.


Sen’s articles on Indian regional cuisines, ingredients, and personalities, together with recipes, have appeared in such publications as Food Arts, Chicago Tribune, Travel and Leisure, and the Christian Science Monitor

She has also contributed articles on Indian cuisine and culture to several encyclopedias, including The Oxford Companion to Cheese, Ethnic American Cooking, The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, Meals in Science and Practice, and The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. For articles about Sen, and reviews of her books, visit

For more information on Colleen Taylor Sen's book Ashoka and the Maurya Dynasty: The History and Legacy of Ancient India's Greatest Empire, see here. Colleen was also an editor for The Bloomsbury Handbook of Indian Cuisine, which you can learn more about here.


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