While Pakistan enjoys an incredibly rich and diverse cuisine, it is poorly documented. If you are new to Pakistani cooking and have tried to look up recipes online, with the exception of a handful of excellent bloggers, you will be hard-pressed to find quality recipes that are truly representative of the diversity of the country.
Pakistan Eats strives to collect, document and feature recipes that go beyond the handful of Punjabi dishes you find at restaurant menus, to present a more complete picture of sub-continent cuisine. I invite Pakistanis from across the country, from its rugged Himalayas to quiet coastlines, and the diaspora, to share recipes that evoke memories of family and childhood that are unique to their experience.
The Story of Pakistan Eats
Maryam Jillani is an international educator that grew up in Islamabad, studied in Lahore, and immigrated to the United States in 2008. While she was not much of a cook growing up, homesickness in Washington D.C. forced her into the kitchen where she learned that preparing and sharing a home-cooked meal was one of the most rewarding ways to build and sustain friendships in foreign places.
Maryam started the blog in 2016 as a tribute to a cuisine that has been a bridge between her heritage, family, and adopted homes. Since starting the blog, she has served as TASTE’s first Cook In Residence where she wrote about Pakistani food and culture. In 2017, Pakistan Eats was a finalist for Saveur Blog Awards Best New Voice and in 2018, won the Saveur Editors’ Choice for Best Food Culture. In 2021, Pakistan Eats was selected by the Library of Congress to be part of its Food and Foodways Web Archive.
You can find the full list of her published work here.
Logo and Illustrations by Leah Horowitz