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, now eight years old. His education is very important to her and she dedicates her life to making a good life for him. Nawida works as a housekeeping supervisor at a hotel in Queens. She loves living in the U.S. and being very independent. In her free time, Nawida studies English, and she is learning how to drive.
Wonderful class. The food was delicious, and Nawida made it easy to recreate it at home.