Anosmic Chef is a way for anosmics to have a space to exchange recipes and find joy in eating despite limited capabilities in smell & taste. To be able to experiment with the extent to what flavors they can and cannot distinguish, and how to compensate for them. And more recently, to find ways to find more enjoyment in food by changing the technique with which we cook and the manner in which we eat. Anosmic Chef is an evolving idea.

Anosmic Chef is maintained on behalf of the online anosmia community by:

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NISHA PRADHAN is a working professional in NYC who graduated summa cum laude in cursu honorum from Rosemont College with a B.A. in Biology and minors in Business and Biochemistry. Born and raised in Princeton, NJ, Nisha is an initiator, a thinker, a doer, a past presenter at Medicine X 2014 & 2015 and Medicine X|Ed, advisor for Medicine X, and a patient researcher for anosmia.

ESFJ with interests in healthcare policy, medical education, open access, participatory medicine, cancer genetics, and precision medicine, Nisha actively strays from the cookie-cutter pre-med path, preferring instead to additionally learn about healthcare and medical education from a variety of patient-centered and design-oriented approaches.

Nisha stands and speaks out about healthcare social media, open access, patient-centered healthcare, and autonomy. She lives & breathes efficient and effective communication, committed to becoming an independent adult while anosmic, transforming medical education, and changing her world through design thinking.

Wherever she goes, Nisha sees the potential to spread the type of critical thinking and creativity behind Medicine X that has allowed healthcare issues and medical advocacy to take on a patient-centered, all-inclusive form. She is forever inspired by the beauty — and the pain — in this world to read, learn, influence, and empower.

Charismatic, compassionate, and gifted with metis (the ability to see patterns in the world and derive a gist from complex situations), Nisha loves meeting new people, smiling, singing, being around kids, and walking in nice weather.

Reach her by Tweeting @Nisha_Pradhan, or by leaving a comment below.


The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author. The author is not a licensed physician; any and all information pertaining to one’s health should be discussed with an actual physician before implementation.

Any works and ideas written or presented by Nisha Pradhan or contributers to Anosmic Chef and published here or elsewhere in any medium are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


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  1. Dear Nisha Pradhan,,

    I am Rohitash, majoring Masters in New Media Design at National Institute of Design. Gandhinagar India. First of all I would like to appreciate the concept “Anosmic Chef” initiative taken by you.
    Since I am working on “Olfaction and Human Computer Interface” for my final project thesis. About anosmia i came to know, during my research phase. Because I not anosmic so i can not relate myself to any of the anosmic condition(s). It’s very hard imagine anybody, how this world would alter when someone cannot smell? How does personal, professional, social life got changed? How does decisions are made about any food before consuming it?

    You may find these questions unimportant, but from my perspective these are the questions which sparked whenever i think about anosmia. Writing to you is really inspiring to me, because for someone who herself is anosmic and stepping into the field where people believe on their NOSE first than TONGUE, would be a great challenge. It would be really interesting for me to know all about these. You can reach me out through email also @ – rohtash_s@nid.edu



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