Shahnaz Ahsan

Shahnaz Ahsan is an author and commentator. Her debut novel, Hashim & Family (John Murray Press) was named an Observer Best Book of 2020, longlisted for the Authors’ Club First Novel Prize, and shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker Prize. She is also an award-winning writer of short stories and screenplays. Shahnaz is a food columnist for Hyphen Online, and regularly contributes to Observer Food Monthly. Her articles have also appeared in Waitrose Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, and various online magazines.

Special subjects

Bangladeshi and Bengali food Cultural and familial practices in food Multi-cultural/interfaith approaches to food

Languages spoken

English; Bengali (Sylheti)

Regular work

Monthly column for Hyphen Online Regular features for Observer Food Monthly