About Yasmin

Yasmin Khan is a best-selling author, campaigner and cook who is passionate about sharing people’s stories through food.

Her debut book The Saffron Tales: Recipes From the Persian Kitchen (Bloomsbury, 2016) was chosen by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the BBC Food Programme as one of the cookbooks of 2016. The book also won an M.F.K Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing from Les Dames d’Escoffier. Her second book, Zaitoun chronicles recipes and stories gathered from her travels through Israel and the West Bank and will be published by Bloomsbury in summer 2018.

Before immersing herself in the kitchen, Yasmin read Law at university and worked as a human rights campaigner for a decade.  She ran high-profile national and international campaigns on social justice and human rights, with a special focus on conflict in the Middle East.



Yasmin has worked as a public speaker for 15 years, delivering hundreds of inspiring, expert and motivational talks to diverse audiences across the globe.

She has frequently addressed Members of Parliament, Peers, the business community, NGOs, journalists and ordinary members of the public through key note speeches at public meetings and conferences.

Yasmin is also an experienced chair and has interviewed many high-profile celebrities and prominent personalities at book launches and festivals. She has run dozens of seminars, workshops and training sessions on issues such as diversity, human rights and media communications.

Radio and TV Presenting

Yasmin is a regular media commentator and has appeared on a variety of international broadcast media including Channel 4 News, BBC News, Sky News, CNN and Al Jazeera as well as appearing on flagship programmes such as Newsnight and R4’s Today programme.

She has worked as a presenter on BBC R4’s Food Programme and the CNN and Roads and Kingdoms series The Perfect Dish with Anthony Bourdain.

Yasmin has also regularly appeared on food and lifestyle shows such as PBS’s Milk Street Kitchen, Ch4’s Sunday Brunch and Nigel Slater’s BBC1 series Eating Together.

Feature/Op-Ed/Review Writer

Yasmin is an award-winning author and regularly contributes to newspapers, magazines and digital media platforms.

Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, the Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, the New Statesman, Jamie Magazine, Sainsbury’s magazine, Food52, Saveur, Roads and Kingdoms, AFAR, Stylist, Women and Home, Waitrose Weekend and Chefs Feed to name but a few.

She is available to write food and travel features, personal essays, op-eds relating to the food industry or Middle Eastern politics, and reviews of products or places.

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