Ramin Ganeshram is a journalist and professional chef trained at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, where she has also worked as a chef instructor. Ganeshram also hold a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. For eight years, she worked as a feature writer/stringer for the New York Times regional sections and another 8 years for Newsday as a food columnist and feature writer earning seven Society of Professional Journalist awards for her work and one IACP Bert Greene Award nomination.
She is the author of Sweet Hands: Island Cooking From Trinidad & Tobago (Hippocrene NY 2006; 2nd expanded edition 2010) and The Pass It Down Cookbook (Smiley Books/Hay House 2010) (with credit for author Jeff Henderson) and Stir It Up (Scholastic 2010) about a teen who gets the chance to fulfill her dream of competition cooking on the Food Network. Stir It Up! is a Scholastic Book Fair featured selection for 2011 and 2012 and to date has sold over a quarter million copies. Ganeshram has served as a ghost-writer/recipe editor on The Blackberry Farm Cookbook, One Big Table and others. Ganeshram is an experienced recipe writer, editor and tester.
In addition to contributing to a variety of food publications including Saveur, Shape, Gourmet, Bon Appetit and epicurious.com, Ganeshram has written food/culture/travel articles for Islands (as contributing editor); National Geographic Traveler; Forbes Traveler; Forbes Four Seasons and many others. She is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of World Foods (Greenwood Press 2010) and a peer reviewer for the Journal of Food, Culture and Society. Her work will also appear in the second edition of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food & Drink in America.
For two years, Ganeshram worked as a reporter, writer, and editor for Molly O’Neill’s magnum One Big Table (Simon & Schuster, November 2010) exploring the foodways of real Americans through history and today.
In October 2010, Ganeshram appeared as a judge on Food Network’s Throwdown! with Bobby Flay and in 2012 on Top 5 for Travel Channel focusing on best American Islands. Her next book A Cake for George Washington a picture book about the first president's enslaved African chef, will be released in 2015 by Scholastic.