About Yasmin


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Yasmin Khan is a writer, public speaker, campaigner and cook who is passionate about sharing people’s stories through food.

Born in London to Iranian and Pakistani parents, Yasmin lived in Iran as a small child and has travelled back and forth to the country all of her life. In 2013, Yasmin launched a Kickstarter motivated by a desire to offer a window into the country through its cuisine. She travelled 3000km through the country interviewing Iranians from walks of life in their home kitchens. The result of this work is her critically acclaimed and best-selling book food and travel book “The Saffron Tales: Recipes From the Persian Kitchen” (Bloomsbury).

Before immersing herself in the flavours of the Persian kitchen, Yasmin worked as a human rights campaigner for NGOs and grassroots groups for a decade.  She ran high-profile national and international campaigns on social justice, poverty and human rights issues and had a special focus on conflict in the Middle East.

Yasmin is a regular media commentator appearing on programmes such as Newsnight, the Today programme, 10 O’clock Live, Sunday Brunch and Cerys on 6. Her work has been published in the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, The Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, Sainsburys magazine, Stylist, Psychologies, Women and Home and Vogue.com to name but a few.

Yasmin currently works as a freelance writer and public speaker. She advises on cultural projects relating to Iran and the Middle East, runs cookery classes and pop-up supper clubs and is working on her second book.

Get in touch with her at yasmin@thesaffrontales.com for bookings or collaborations.


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