Upcoming Kundiman Events:


Food Writing Intensive

ace hotel new york boardroom
20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

Saturday, July 27th
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

"As recently as the late ‘90s, Indian restaurants opening in the U.S. were designed less to reflect the heritage of the chef, and more to simply appeal to generalized Western tastes. ‘It was a business. It wasn’t a craft, it wasn’t a profession,’ Chauhan says. Now, though, ‘We are taking being a chef as a profession. People like me are proud of the cuisine we have grown up with, but we have also found a home in the South. We want to relate our food to that experience.’”

–– Priya Krishna, “How Chefs Are Finding Harmony in the Flavors of India and the American South” 

Kundiman is excited to announce a new Food Writing Intensive taught by Priya Krishna! Priya is a regular contributor at the New York Times, Bon Appétit, and The New Yorker, and is the author of the upcoming cookbook Indian-ish, and we’re so excited to have her lead this one-day intensive on Food Writing.

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 discuss existing food criticism and generate their own food writing. There will be a one-hour lunch break.

The Food Writing Intensive will be limited to 15 participants and will be held at the Ace Hotel New York. There is a scholarship spot available.

Register for the Intensive here!

To Apply for a Scholarship:

Please e-mail info@kundiman.org with the subject line [Food Writing Scholarship Application] with a brief paragraph on why you are interested in food writing and this workshop, as well as why you are seeking a scholarship and your yearly income. Scholarship submissions will be accepted until July 1st.

Testimonials from Previous Participants of the food writing intensive:

“The best workshops can introduce you to new ways of writing while drawing on and strengthening what you already know. The Kundiman Food Writing Intensive does that, with fantastic exercises, a brilliant teacher, and an enthusiastic, supportive camaraderie. An essential workshop for any writer looking to expand their toolbox and learn more about how to write beautifully about food.”
–– James Fujinami Moore

“The community surrounding Kundiman is one of the most thoughtful and incisive that I've been a part of, and the food writing intensive was no different. It was a refreshing space to filter out the noise and approach the subject of food with the kind of intellectual lucidity that pushes the culture forward.” –– Jarret Leong

“The Food Writing Intensive was both a writing workshop and an intriguing discussion about how race, politics, etc are relevant to the food world. Days after, I was still thinking about the conversations that arose throughout the day.” –– Stephen Glauser


Priya Krishna is a food writer who contributes to Bon Appétit, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and others. She previously worked at the food magazine, Lucky Peach. Priya is the author of Indian-ish, a cookbook about the hybridized Indian food she grew up eating.

Application Process:

The workshop is being offered on a first-come, first-served 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. If interested in a scholarship, please apply by July 13th.

Logistics for Accepted Participants: 

The non-refundable tuition fee is $150. There is a scholarship spot available.