Arati grew up hanging off the coattails of three generations of Indian matriarchs who used food to speak their everyday language of love—and she finds herself instinctually following suit. Life has moved her across the world, but she carries with her a menagerie of inherited home decor objects and an overflowing masala dabba that serve as her anchors.
Her 14-year career as a journalist has taken her from newsrooms to magazines and digital video and spanned subjects like business, culture, art, and home design. Her particular interest in interdisciplinary, intercultural food-centered storytelling was first sparked when working on a Michael Pollan documentary series that examined how cooking transforms food and shapes our world. Previously at GQ and Architectural Digest, and having contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, Elle, and The New Yorker Presents, Arati is currently at Food52 where she’s the editorial lead of Home52 with a particular focus on the intersection of the kitchen and rest of the home, and the lead editor of the essay series My Family Recipe. Arati lives in Brooklyn