I am a internationally published food writer and culinary teacher based in Glasgow, Scotland, specialising in the cuisine of Pakistan, where I was born and raised.
Pakistani cuisine is a marriage of flavours influenced by invasions and migration. Rich with Persian, Arab, Mongol, Mughal, Indian and local regional flavours, Pakistani cuisine is truly unique. My mission is to teach people the distinct flavours of my homeland through my writing and teaching.
My food writing is structured around the food, culture and traditions of Pakistan, with contemporary and traditional influences. The recipes posts on My Tamarind Kitchen are nostalgic and reminiscent of my food memories while dispelling the misconceptions of my homeland through sharing of my culinary heritage and a happy childhood centred around, cooking, feeding and eating with the women of my family.
Literary agents: Represented by Greene & Heaton literary agents
Cookbook: My memoir based cookbook on Pakistani cuisine titled “Summers under the Tamarind Tree” is published by Frances Lincoln and in out in April 2016. It is available to pre-order on Amazon now and will be available in all large bookstores and some independent bookshops after 7th April 2016.
Cookery classes: I hold regular cookery classes at Divertimenti Cookery School London and Sophie Grigson’s Cookery School in Oxford, Tennent’s Training Academy, Glasgow, Ashdown Manna Cookery School, East Sussex and Private classes on request.
Contact me at: sumayya (at) mytamarindkitchen (dot) com
My spice blends: Winner of 2014 Great Taste Awards, Masala Monsoon are 4 different types of floral based spice blends, available to buy online and in selected fine food stores in the UK. Please check the site for more information.
Some wonderful quotes from writers I admire about my upcoming cookbook:
“This book is a treasure. Charm, information and what Sumayya calls ‘the flavour of my Pakistani heritage’ permeates every single recipe. It’s an excellent book both for armchair-reading and for its detailed recipes.”
“My favourite sort of cookbook: personal, beautiful and full of things I want to eat.”
(Meera Sodha, author of Made in India)
“Sumayya’s words bring to life the aromas of her exquisite recipes, as well as the story of a little-known culinary heritage. It’s wonderful to discover the world of Pakistani food and andaza (sensory cooking) in this perfect cookbook.”
(Olia Hercules, author of Mamushka)