Tina Kashian

Episode 111
48m | Jul 31, 2023

Tina Kashian writes the best-selling Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean mystery series, and her first book, "Hummus and Homicide," spent six weeks on the B&N bestseller list. Tina is an attorney and a mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. Tina spent her childhood summers at the Jersey shore building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. Tina also writes historical romance as Tina Gabrielle. Please visit her website at to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more.

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