November 30, 2022 | Matt Kucinski

A woman smiling holds the cookbook she authored out in front of her toward the camera.
Suzy Karadsheh graduated from Calvin University in 2001.

On Thursday, December 1, Suzy Karadsheh returns to west Michigan. The 2022 New York Times best-selling author of The Mediterranean Dish: 120 Bold and Healthy Recipes You’ll Make on Repeat will be cooking, speaking, and signing copies of her cookbook at Calvin University, her alma mater. The talk, which is open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. in the Prince Conference Center on campus. View map.

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This fall, the success of her new book—the first she’s ever published—has landed her in the spotlight. She’s cooked on Good Morning America and CNN, and been mentioned in prominent media outlets like Forbes, Real Simple, and the Food Network.

Karadsheh is an Egyptian native—born and raised by the shores of the Mediterranean in Port Said, Egypt. She graduated from Calvin in 2001 and a couple years later returned to work for her alma mater as its annual fund director. While she loved her job at Calvin, in 2014, her husband’s career took their family out of state.

Shortly thereafter, Karadsheh decided to combine her love of writing, cooking, and culture and started a blog, The Mediterranean Dish. What she initially started to help her Michigan-born daughters know and appreciate the flavors and the heart of her homeland, soon amassed quite a following. Since its inception, the site has served more than 100 million readers seeking to live a healthier lifestyle and millions more through the company’s social channels.

Karadsheh is excited to return to her alma mater this week to share about her journey from Egypt to Calvin to becoming the CEO of the leading online publisher for modern Mediterranean cooking & lifestyle. More information on Karadsheh’s visit to Calvin can be found here.

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