Nawida was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and grew up watching her mother and grandmother cook for the family. Her mother was a housewife and her father was a general in the Afghan army. She is the third of five sisters, and had one brother. After marriage, Nawida moved to her mother-in-law’s home in Pakistan and was responsible for cooking three elaborate meals a day for a household of thirty-five people! She moved to the U.S. from Russia in 2010 with her son, who was 5 years old at the time. Nawida is now remarried and has two more young children, and nothing is more important to her than all of her children's educations. Nawida works at T-Mobile and studies English in her free time. She loves living in the U.S. and the independence she has found here.
It was simply fantastic. The workshop combined excellent culinary techniques with personal insights into recent Afghani and world history. Nawida is a true example for us all. I could not wish for more.”