Khalid Jawed is a leading Urdu novelist and author of fifteen works of fiction and non-fiction. He is a recipient of the Katha Award, the Upendranath Ashk Award, and the UP Urdu Academy Award. Paradise of Food the English translation of his book Ne’mat Khana was awarded the JCB Prize for Literature (2022). His other books include Arsalan Aur Bahzaad (2023), Ek Khanjar Pani Mai (2022), and Maut Ki Kitab (2012). He is a professor at Jamia Millia Islamia University.