Hey everyone! I'm Luay Ghafari, the creator, recipe developer, writer and photographer of Urban Farm and Kitchen, a blog dedicated to fresh garden-to-table, Levantine and Mediterranean recipes.
What you’ll find on Urban Farm and Kitchen
- Fresh, easy and delicious recipes inspired by my garden-to-table philosophy. Recipes like my popular Tomato Puff Pastry Tart and Burrata Bruschetta.
- My mother and grandmother’s classic Levantine recipes and innovative modern twists like Maftoul (Palestinian Couscous with Chicken), Maqluba (Upside-Down Rice and Chicken), or Musakhan (Sumac Chicken with Onions.
- Preservation tips, advice and recipes to turn that beautiful and nutritious homegrown produce (or farmer’s market haul) into pickles, salsas, sauces, ferments, spice mixes and more.
- Gardening advice, seasonal guides and more based on my 12+ years of gardening expereince and work with clients.
- My email newsletter where I share new recipes, resources, seasonal advice, tips and new product releases every other week.
- From time to time, I will share other projects which I think you’ll enjoy.
My Book: Seed to Table
In 2023, I published my first book, Seed to Table: A Seasonal Guide to Organically Growing, Cooking, and Preserving Food at Home. It was one of the highlights of my career.
This book has been a true labor of love and represents everything I am passionate about:
- Growing healthy, beautiful and abundant gardens.
- Garden-to-table recipes
- Preserving the harvest
It was named one of the 18 Best Cookbooks for Beginners in 2023 by Tasting Table.
It was also an Amazon #1 New Release and Best Seller in several categories including Organic Gardening, Vegetable Gardening, Herbs, and Organic Cooking!
More about Luay and Urban Farm and Kitchen
I have always been passionate about fresh seasonal produce and recipes. It all started with a CSA (community-supported agriculture) box I subscribed to in 2009. Since then, my passion for cooking and growing food has grown by leaps and bounds.
I initially started this blog as a way to share my experiences, knowledge and recipes with my social media followers. Since then, my audience has grown beyond social media. Home gardeners and cooks from all over the world have made my recipes and I am grateful for their feedback and support.
Growing up as an immigrant in Canada, I shunned my culture's cuisine in favor of more mainstream or Western dishes. This was perhaps a way for me to assimilate into my new home or feel like I belonged in a country that was unfamiliar and new... A common refrain among many first-generation immigrants.
When we see our cultural foods viewed as inferior, cheap or relegated to "fast food", it's difficult to feel pride in the ingredients, spices and aromas. We're conditioned at a young age to think of French or Italian food as the pinnacle of high class. This is a very Eurocentric view of the world that I once believed it.
I no longer feel this way. I am here to celebrate and spotlight the centuries of tradition, the flavors, aromas and emotions that my mother's and grandmother's recipes have to offer with fresh and seasonal ingredients.
Though I am mostly self-taught in the kitchen, I did enroll in the George Brown College Culinary Arts program. The recipes on this blog feature my favorite seasonal ingredients, my Middle Eastern (Levantine) upbringing and my love for fresh and vibrant Mediterranean cuisine.
Growing food and cooking food are interconnected and interdependent. As the saying goes, farmers feed cities. Not only do feed cities but without them, we wouldn’t have recipe blogs. As a food grower and garden educator myself I have made it my mission to teach people about the importance of growing food.
Some may think this is an outdated skill but I think nothing could be farther from the truth. This is why I am so passionate about gardening education and teach a Master Class to help urban and suburban gardeners grow their own food.
I am active on social media. Find me on Instagram, TikTok, Threads, and Pinterest. You can also email me at luay @ urbanfarmandkitchen.com. I look forward to connecting with you!
For business inquiries or to request a Media Kit, feel free to email me directly or check out my business page for more information about previous partnerships. I have worked with many amazing brands including Vitamix, Metro Ontario, Kubota, Daily Harvest and more.
A few of my top recipes and posts
I started this blog to help people learn how to grow, cook and preserve their food. If you’re reading this right now, I want to thank you for being here. It’s truly an honor for me to share my passion, knowledge and recipes with you!
Media and Interviews:
18 Best Cookbooks For Beginners In 2023
Toronto Life Magazine
Authority Magazine (Medium.com) Interview
Homes and Gardens
The Grow Guide podcast - Maximizing Your Garden Space with Luay from Urban Farm & Kitchen
Steven Biggs Garden Life Podcast - Luay's Urban Farm and Kitchen
Interview for Gardening Documentary by Fleck Productions
Growing Tomatoes with Luay and Jaz | ASK gardenstead 006
THE BEST INFLUENCERS FOR GARDEN LOVERS