Upcoming Kundiman Events:

Food Writing Intensive

Fordham University Law School, Lincoln Center
113 W 60th St, New York, NY 10023

Saturday, April 28th, 2018
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

"This, though, is the new American palate...The briny rush of soy; ginger’s low burn; pickled cabbage with that heady funk so close to rot. Vinegar applied to everything. Fish sauce like the underbelly of the sea. Palm sugar, velvet to cane sugar’s silk. Coconut milk slowing the tongue. Smoky black cardamom with its menthol aftermath. Sichuan peppercorns that paralyze the lips and turn speech to a burr, and Thai bird chilies that immolate everything they touch. Fat rice grains that cling, that you can scoop up with your hands."
–– Ligaya Mishan,The New York Times: 'Asian American Cuisine's Rise, and Triumph

Following the success of our previous Creative Nonfiction Intensive and our burgeoning focus on food initiatives, Kundiman is presenting its first-ever Food Writing Intensive, taught by New York Times critic Ligaya Mishan!

The intensive will talk about translating taste onto the page, the politics of food media, and how to think about food thoughtfully and critically. Students will eat lunch together as a class, go over other pieces of food criticism, and workshop and generate their own food writing.

Students will be required to submit a short piece of food writing of their own (1000 words max), as well as a favorite piece of food writing, one week before the workshop.

The Food Writing Intensive will be limited to 15 participants and will be held at Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus.


Ligaya Mishan grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, as the daughter of a Filipino mother and a British father. She is the Hungry City columnist for The New York Times and a contributing editor at T Magazine, and has written for The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker.

Application Process:

The workshop is being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis to encourage applicants who may not have food writing experience, but are interested in learning. This workshop is limited to students who self-identify as Asian American.

Logistics for Accepted Participants: 

The non-refundable tuition fee is $175 and includes lunch and a light breakfast.

Travel & Accommodations





tentative schedule:

  • Breakfast
  • Introductions & Improvisations
  • Readings & Craft Exercises
  • Lunch
  • Workshop: Writing & Rewriting
  • Break
  • Inside Food Media
  • The Politics of Food Writing
  • Closing Salon


We'll be offering another session in Fall 2018.

If you'd like to be added to the waitlist, please e-mail info@kundiman.org!