Born in Palestine in 1940, Nadia Farah’s knowledge of Middle Eastern cuisine grew from an early age. At her mother’s side in the kitchen, Nadia observed closely as her mother presented her family with platters of appetizing falafel, hoummos, tabbouleh, kafta and a wide range of more traditional Middle Eastern dishes still undiscovered by the Western World. But it was only in 1964–the year when Nadia ventured to Canada with her family–that her own culinary skills flourished.
Recalling her many years of training, she experimented endlessly, perfecting and recording the Middle Eastern recipes that were handed down verbally from generation to generation. Finally in 1982, Nadia set about to document traditional Middle Eastern cuisine in book form, focusing particularly on recipes with Palestinian approaches. Published by Deneau Publishers, Toronto, “Ah! Cooking the Middle Eastern Way” was one of the first Middle Eastern cookbooks on the Canadian scene to offer adventurous cooks a chance to travel to a new culinary world full of flavorful, mouth watering delights.