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INTERNATIONAL culinary queen Dalia Dogmoch Soubra will be visiting Bahrain to sign copies of her best-selling cookbook and to demonstrate her prowess in the kitchen.
Dalia, a Syrian-German food author, presenter and entrepreneur, is the latest celebrity to meet fans at the Words BookstoreCafe at Palm Square, off Budaiya Highway, and will be turning up the heat on Saturday evening.
“This is my first visit to Bahrain, and I’m very much looking forward to it. I have childhood friends from Bahrain and have heard a lot about it. I cannot wait to get to know the kingdom,” she told GulfWeekkly.
“I am absolutely delighted to be coming to Words and truly cannot wait to meet readers from Bahrain. It’s always exciting to cross borders and see how food and cooking brings people together.
“As long as I can remember my life has revolved around food. Growing up in Paris I was spoiled with the best the culinary world had to offer, and then came home to my mother’s loving Middle Eastern cookery.
“When I moved to New York I encountered even more enticing and mouthwatering dishes, and today I live in Dubai, an exciting melting pot of cultures and cuisines. Throughout my life food has not just been food … it has been the one constant, the one thing that connects both my worlds, the East and the West.”
A culinary nomad born in London, raised in Paris and having lived many years in NYC, Dalia moved to Beirut when she founded Kitsch Bakery & Café. Since moving to the Gulf she has become a prominent culinary personality, contributing to leading food magazines and appearing on major TV channels. Dalia’s debut cookbook Food, Love and Life from Dalia’s Kitchen, topped charts at bookstores across the Middle East.
Due to the overwhelming requests from customers asking Dalia to share her recipes at Kitsch Cupcakes, she launched D’s Kitchen (www.daliaskitchen.com), a food blog that enabled Dalia to share her love and passion for food. D’s Kitchen has become a widely-read food blog with readers spanning from the Gulf to the US.
Dalia is also Harper’s Bazaar Arabia’s official food correspondent and writes regularly for BBC Good Food Middle East. She also frequently holds cooking segments on some of the most popular TV shows in the region.
She is married to Phiras Soubra, an investment banker, and they have two children, Phares, three, and one-year-old Joanna.
Words Bookstore Café opened by mums Rana Aljalahma and Eileen Abuhamad regularly hosts literary events. “We are very excited by Dalia’s visit,” said Eileen.
* For more details call 17690790 or visit www.facebook.com/WordsBookstoreCafe