Marlene Matar is a chef, cookbook author and cooking instructor. She attended Beirut's L'Academia Italiana Bella Cuccina, and studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. In 1999, she opened her cooking school which has amassed a devoted following. She lives in Beirut.
'Matar's beautifully illustrated cookbook is a love letter to the city, reminding us that there is so much more to the Levant than what we see in the news' The Lady. 'With The Aleppo Cookbook, Marlene Matar fetes the ancient city's culinary promise' Guardian. 'The rich culinary heritage of Aleppo comes to life in this tribute to the Syrian city ... This introduction to Middle Eastern cooking techniques will equally satisfy beginners or experienced fans of the regional fare' Publishers Weekly.