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Welcome to Salmaland

Thanks for visiting Salmaland. Here you’ll find tips on some of my favorite NYC restaurants and bars, organized by neighborhood (just to your left). You’ll also find examples of my recent work under Clips above. In the coming months, I’m planning a complete redesign of the site, but for now, just a heads-up that I won’t be updating as often because…My husband Richard and I had a baby in the fall, and I’ve joined NBC News Digital as food editor for sites including Exciting developments. Stay tuned, and drop me a note here anytime with comments.

Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut

Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut, is my memoir of the year I spent in Beirut trying to come home again. The book came out in June 2012 from Broadway Books/Random House. Please look for it at your favorite bookstore, or order via Amazon, Kindle,, Nook,, and iBookstore.  For more info about Jasmine and Fire, links to reviews and interviews, plus lots of pics, visit

Beirut Bits and Bites

Click the BEIRUT EATS link at the top of this page to read about where I went and what I ate around Beirut and in villages all over Lebanon, while I spent a year there from 2010 to 2011 working on my book. I wish I could pass the smoky babaghanoush, the crunchy fried fish drizzled with lemon, the minty fattoush salad, and the chargrilled, garlicky chicken kababs directly through the computer screen straight to you. Alas, not yet; in a couple of years maybe. In the meantime, sah’tain! (“Bon Appetit,” in Lebanese Arabic.)

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