Kaumudi Marathé trained and worked as a journalist in Bombay, India, but was forced to put her journalism career on hold after she moved to the United States with her husband, because her spouse visa did not allow her to work. Instead, she spent time learning about food and food history and doing minimal writing work for Indian publishers and media outlets while raising her daughter. It wasn’t until she received her green card at age 40 that she was able to restart her career, by opening a cooking school and catering company, and writing a cookbook and publishing stories in Saveur magazine. After separating from her husband at age 43, she focused full time on journalism, writing for publications such as Paste, Forbes.com, LA Parent, and mom.me. She’s currently writing a novel, and her food memoir, We Are the Hero, comes out in February 2017.