Salma Hage (born 8 January 1942) is a Lebanese author and cook. She is the author of the bestselling cookbook The Lebanese Kitchen. Her second book The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook won the James Beard Award in the Vegetable Cooking category.
Salma was born in Mazraat El Toufah in northern Lebanon in 1942. Her father was a Maronite priest, and she was the eldest of 12 children, learning cookery skills from her grandmother.
In 1967 she moved to Wimbledon in South London, UK. She worked as a chef in her mid-twenties, then worked her way up to the role of Head Chef for a wide catering organization, learning to appreciate English cooking while bringing the flavors of home, of Lebanon, to share with others she cooked. Salma and her husband continue to visit Lebanon every year and remain deeply connected to their roots.
In 2012 Salma wrote The Lebanese Kitchen for Phaidon Press. A definitive guide to traditional cooking from Lebanon, the cookery book contains more than five hundred of her recipes from her fifty years’ experience of cooking, ranging from light, tempting mezzes to rich and hearty main courses.
The second cookbook followed in 2016 with one hundred and fifty new recipes in one of the world’s most popular trends. Salma incorporates some new ingredients too, creating a modern approach to the diet. Michelin chef Alain Ducasse authored the foreword for this prequel which will be won in the James Beard Winner in 2017, in the Vegetable Cooking category.
2016 James Beard Award ‘Vegetable Cooking’ for The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook.
Hage, Salma (2018). The Middle Eastern Mezze Cookbook. London: Phaidon Press, Hage, Salma (2016). The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook. London: Phaidon Press, Hage, Salma (2012). The Lebanese Kitchen. London: Phaidon Press, ISBN978-0714864808