Suzanne Husseini


Chef, Cookbook Author &
Connoisseur of Arabic Cuisine


Suzanne Husseini’s love of food began at home. She cites the meals her mother made during her childhood in Canada as the source of her everyday inspiration. Suzanne is the presenter of the popular cooking show "Sohbe Taibe/صحبة طيبة". She is the author of "When Suzanne Cooks: Modern Flavours of Arabia", a cookbook showcasing the best of Arabic cuisine - all done in Suzanne's unique way. Suzanne is a regular at the Taste of Dubai food festival as well being featured in Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. She also presents live cooking demonstrations at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2010 and participated in an Iron Chef's Challenge for the Canadian Business Council Gala Dinner.



Thyme Stars


Makes 24 stars

4 cups flour
1 cup semolina or corn meal
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar
1tbs instant yeast
1/2 cup olive oil
3 cups lukewarm water
7 cups fresh thyme leaves, washed and drained
1 tsp sea salt (for the top)

In a large bowl put in the flour, semolina, baking powder, salt, sugar, and yeast. Mix well. Add half of the olive oil and water gradually and mix to form a dough. It should be soft and pliable. Pour the thyme leaves over the dough, drizzle the remaining olive oil and salt, and incorporate the leaves into the dough with your hands. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and put it in a dark draft-free place to rise for 1.5 hours. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius. Roll out the dough to 2cm in thickness on an oiled surface and cut with any desired cookie cutter (I like to use a star shape.) Brush each star with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!


Published Books

Modern Flavors of Arabia and When Suzanne Cooks takes you on a culinary journey to the Middle East to explore a food culture that spans centuries. Each of the recipes will surprise and delight you and bring new colors, aromas and flavors to your table. Join Suzanne as she pays tribute to her mother's cooking and enjoy her refreshingly new take on the traditional--pilafs fragrant with herbs and spices, crepes speckled with pistachios and sweetened with rose syrup, scones enhanced with dates, orange and cardamom. Discover the secrets of perfect falafel, shawarma, and homemade labneh, and try other classic dishes such as kibbeh and fattouche. Recipes are arranged by Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert and a whole chapter is dedicated to mezze. Suzanne's stories and ideas on how to serve each dish accompany the beautifully illustrated and easy-to-follow recipes. Let Suzanne's refined Arabian cuisine inspire you. Fill your kitchen with the warm, exotic scents of the Middle East, and surprise yourself with how easy it is to create these mouthwatering delicacies at home.

Her cookbooks can be purchased from Amazon, Indigo/Chapters, AbeBooks, Books Arabia, Virgin Megastore, and Kinokuniya Bookstores.

When Suzanne Cooks Modern Flavours of Arabia

Thank you for your patience. My cookbook Modern Flavors of Arabia is finally back in stock! The book is available to order from the following retailers:

Amazon Canada

Amazon USA
Penguin Random House
Barnes & Noble

Books Arabia (English)*same book, different cover
Books Arabia (Arabic)

I look forward to continuing our culinary journey together!

Warm regards, Suzanne