Pushpesh Pant
at Gujarat Literature Festival Ahmedabad on 16 December 2016
Born1946 (age 77–78)
Occupation(s)academic, food critic, food historian, international relation expert
Known forIndia: The Cookbook (2011) (book)
Raja, Rasoi Aur Anya Kahaniyaan (2014) (TV series)

Pushpesh Pant (born 1946) is an Indian academic, food critic and historian.[1] He retired as a Professor of International relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.[2] He is one of India's leading experts on International Relations as well as Indian cuisine, and as a columnist has written for a number of major publications like Forbes,[3] Open,[4] Outlook,[5] Times of India[6] and The Tribune.[7]

His book, India: The Cookbook (2011), was named by The New York Times as one of the best cookbooks of the year.[8]

Prof. Pant was also featured in Raja, Rasoi Aur Anya Kahaniyaan, an Indian television series on Indian cuisine available on The EPIC Channel.[9] The series gives an inside look into the royal kitchens of India and also explores the history behind the cuisine of the Indian royals, showing how dishes were discovered, and their significance in Indian history.[citation needed]

He was also featured in an interview in The Australian.[10]

The Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri in 2016.[11]


Professor Pant has published on travel and tourism, with over a dozen books to his name.[2]


  1. ^ FP Staff. "Textbooks and cartoons: 'Thorat committee reiterates what govt wants'". Firstpost. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Prof. Pushpesh K Pant". Jnu.ac.in. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Forbes India Magazine - The Science and Sensuality of Taste". Forbesindia.com. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  4. ^ "A Paean to the Paan". OPEN Magazine. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  5. ^ "The State Highway To Aoshi | Pushpesh Pant". Outlookindia.com. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Delhi-cious - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  7. ^ "The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum". Tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  8. ^ "The Year's Best Cookbooks". The New York Times. 7 December 2010.
  9. ^ "A real taste of India". Deccan Herald. 20 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Food guru serves up the spice of life". The Australian. 5 February 2011.
  11. ^ "Padma Awards 2016". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Food news: Truffle-hunting weekends, posh chocolates, and more..." Telegraph. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Culinary travels - Books". livemint.com. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2012.