Etrat holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Journalism. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degrees in philosophy & child development from the University of Tehran. She was the Editor-in-Chief for the Home Economics sections of Sepid-o-Siah and Tehran Mossavar magazines in Iran. She is a contributor to Encyclopedia Iranica, where she has done extensive research on Persian cooking and the origins of Persian dishes. She is also the co-owner of The Nutty Cookie, an online gift basket and cookie company established in 1984. She currently resides in Northern California.