Maria Rosario Niada was born in Milan, Italy, in 1954. She graduated in Medieval History in 1980 and wrote a book and articles on European history in the Middle Ages. She has always loved teaching and was a secondary school teacher of Italian literature and history for 12 years, until she moved to London with her husband Marco in 1993. In London she became interested in food and culinary history. With her friend Claude Shehadi she has been running Libaliano cooking courses on Lebanese and Italian cuisine for 7 years. A passionate traveller and teacher, in Afghanistan she found an inspiration for a new stream of educational projects. She is in charge of Arghosha’s fund raising and is the editor of the Arghosha website and newsletter.