Sumayya Usmani

Agent: Claudia Young

Sumayya is a food writer who specialises in Pakistani and Muslim heritage food. She is on a mission to put Pakistani cuisine, often misunderstood and confused for other South Asian ones, firmly on the culinary map. Sumayya has written for and appeared in numerous print and online publications, including BBC Good Food, Delicious, The Foodie Bugle, Fabulous Food, Good Housekeeping, Food Network UK and Vegetarian Living and is a Member of the Guild of Food Writers. She has appeared in Madhur Jaffery’s Curry Nation television series and contributed to the supporting cookbook. Currently working on her memoirs of Pakistani cuisine and contributing to Oxford University Press’s ‘The Oxford Companion on Pakistani Cuisine’, Sumayya also hosts her own cookery classes in many cookery schools across the U.K. including Divertimenti London, Sophie Grigson’s Oxford as well as her own private group classes.

Sumayya has had two of her recipes chosen for The Guardian Readers’ Recipe Swap. One for ‘Breaded’ which you can read here and one for ‘Old-fashioned’ which you can read here.

You can watch a clip of Sumayya preparing her recipe ‘Rose Petal Lamb Chops’ here.

Sumayya’s first cookbook, SUMMERS UNDER THE TAMARIND TREE, was published by Frances Lincoln in April 2016. Her second cookbook, MOUNTAIN BERRIES AND DESERT SPICE, was also published by Frances Lincoln in 2017.


2018 Events

20 January – Sumayya on BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live

26 January – London, The Tale of Two Nations, a collaborative dinner with Vivek Singh at Anise Bar

February – Lahore Literary Festival

2017 Events

3 October – London, Unveiling Pakistan event with Peter Orborne

7 October – Cheltenham, Cheltenham Literature Festival appearance and book-inspired dinner

8 October – Ballymaloe, Ireland, Supperclub at Ballymaloe House

11 October – Bristol, Pop up guest chef with Romy’s Kitchen celebrating Pakistani and Indian food

17 October – London, Dock Kitchen Cookbook Club evening pop up

21 October – Bath, Spice Routes and Saffron Kingdoms event at Demuths Cookery School

22 October – London, Divertimenti Cookery School

28 October – London, Lahore Literary Festival panel with Madhur Jaffrey

29 October – Glasgow, Pop up collaboration with Cail Bruich

4 and 5 November – Nottinghamshire, An Autumnal South Asian Feast and Seafood and Vegetarian South Asian Feast at The School of Artisan Food

12 November – Edinburgh, Flavours of Pakistan and North India at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

8 December – Perth, collaboration with Graeme Pallister of 63 Tay Street


Books by Sumayya Usmani