About Habeeb Salloum


Habeeb Salloum is a Canadian author who grew up in Saskatchewan, joined the RCAF during the Second World War, and then worked for the Canadian Department of National Revenue for 36 years. For the last 30 years he has been a full-time freelance writer and author specializing in food, history and travel. Besides 7 books and 20 chapters in books, he has had hundreds of articles about culture, food, travel, history and homesteading in western Canada appear in such publications as the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the Western Producer, Contemporary Review, Forever Young, Vegetarian Journal and Saveur.

Among his most important published books are: From the Lands of Figs and Olives: Over 300 Delicious and Unusual Recipes from the Middle East and North Africa (Interlink Publishing, 1996); Journeys Back to Arab Spain (The Middle East Studies Center, 1994); Arabic Contributions to the English Vocabulary (Librairie du Liban, 1996); Classic Vegetarian Cooking From the Middle East and North Africa (Interlink Publishing, 2000); Arab Cooking On A Saskatchewan Homestead: Recipes And Recollections (CPRC, University of Regina. 2005) – winner of the Cuisine Canada and The University of Guelph's Silver Canadian Culinary Book Awards in 2006, Bison Delights (CPRC, University of Regina, 2010) and The Arabian Nights Cookbook (Tuttle Publishing, 2010).

Habeeb has recently co-authored two books - both published in 2013.

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Italians Make Their Culinary Mark in Regina

One of Regina’s most surprising culinary treasures is Fortuna Ristorante Italiano, a restaurant that offers parts of Italy’s authentic culinary heritage of fine dining in Regina. The five partners responsible for its creation felt there was a need for and a definite interest in a… [Read More]

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Our Family Glory in the Holiday Attributes of...

Thinking of the sun and palm trees, one snowy and stormy weekend in Toronto, I decided to take my daughter Muna, along my grandson Mazin, and his wife Margarita, as a belated honeymoon gift, to the Dominican Republic. Now as we explored the huge Bahia… [Read More]

A Lure to the Distillery District in Toronto:...

On my way to Stirling Room, strolling down a brick-paved street edged by charming restored Victorian-era buildings of Toronto’s Distillery District, I felt that I was in a previous age – a time when the upper crest of society enjoyed culture and life more fully… [Read More]

From Jasper’s Icefields To Maligne Lake: A...

“You want to see the Jewels of Jasper National Park!? I suggest you take two tours: one to the Columbia Icefields; and the other to Maligne Lake. They are two gems set in one of the most beautiful spots on earth,” a resident of the… [Read More]

The Mother of Canadian Shopping Plazas –...

West Edmonton Mall, North America’s largest covered shopping and entertainment centre and Alberta’s number one tourist attraction draws some 31 million annual visitors. In this gigantic structure tourists and locals alike can take their families to an amusement park, skate in a large-sized skating rink,… [Read More]

Starting Early with the Philly Cheesteak: The...

“Philly cheesesteak! Philly cheesesteak! You’re always telling me that you can’t wait until your son is old enough to enjoy a Philly cheesesteak!” Many times my grandson, Laith, would repeat these words to me about initiating his son to the delights of Philadelphia’s famous sandwich…. [Read More]

Varadero Golf Club – A Paradise for Golfers

“I must come back and enjoy this golf course!” my colleague sighed as we stood beside the ‘Xanadu Mansion’, the Club House of the Varadero Golf Club – Cuba’s only 18-hole golf course. He went on, “Imagine we can combine a holiday by everyday romping… [Read More]

Stay in a Work of Art and Enjoy the Fun in its...

The exterior of the Gladstone Hotel One going out in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, to enjoy an evening of fun and tasty food will find no better place than the Gladstone Hotel and its Melody Bar. A unique renovated historical abode, it was built in… [Read More]

Casino Du Lac-Leamy: Offers ‘Lady...

Quebec Outaouais Casino du Lac Leamy We were excited as we walked in a glass walkway between the Hilton Hotel and the Casino Lac-Leamy located in the same complex in the city of Gatineau, across the river from Ottawa, Canada’s Capital. This evening we were… [Read More]

Enjoying Sea and Sand in Varadero: A Catamaran...

Through the years while visiting Cuba’s resort spot Varadero, I have participated in its, many land and sea activities, but I had never taken a catamaran sea tour. However, today, this was to be remedied. I was on my way to join a catamaran safari… [Read More]