About Colleen

Learn to navigate an Indian restaurant menu

A guide helping the diner interpret the menus of Indian restaurants in North America, expand their understanding and enhance their enjoyment of one of the great world cuisines.

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Colleen-SenBorn in Toronto, Canada, Colleen received her B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. in Slavic Studies from the University of Toronto and her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Columbia University, New York. Her contributions to the field include articles and reviews on interwar Polish literature and many translations from Polish and Russian, including Roy Medvedev’s Let History Judge: The Origins and Consequences of Stalinism.

After teaching at Roosevelt University she joined Institute of Gas Technology, an energy research institute that at the time was affiliated with Illinois Institute of Technology. She was hired as an editor, and over the years held various editorial, policy and managerial positions.

Throughout her career Colleen continued free lance writing on such topics as chess, dogs, travel and food, encouraged by her husband, Ashish. His late mother, Arati Sen, was a well-known Indian writer whose column in the Bengali journal Desh was one of the most widely read in India.

Colleen’s articles have appeared in The Chicago TribuneChicago Sun TimesChristian Science MonitorToronto Globe and MailTravel and LeisureFood ArtsYoga International, and elsewhere. In 1998 she began attending the Oxford Symposia on Food and Cookery in the U.K. and has become a regular participant.

She lives on the North Side of Chicago with Ashish and their Cardigan Welsh Corgi Gatewyn Krishna’s Gopi. Her latest book is The Chicago Food Encyclopedia (University of Illinois Press, 2017), with coeditors Carol Mighton Haddix and Bruce Kraig.


Food Culture of India

A clear and concise look at the history of India and its myriad food cultures, this book takes a look at ingredients, everyday and holiday foods, and even includes a few representative recipes.

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