Hi there. My name is Noor and I am a freelance graphic designer, typography lover and I occasionally dabble in writing (mostly food related). I studied fashion design and marketing in Chicago, Illinois and Atlanta, Georgia and have since found more satisfying ways to unleash my overflowing creativity.  As of now I am based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, but I am originally from a small town in East Tennessee.I started Ya Salam Cooking in 2007 and was the first Saudi recipe site as well as one of the only places to find Arabic dishes. I love sharing my adventures and recipes with each one of you. Besides Ya Salam Cooking I also have a personal blog simply titled Noor AlQahtani.

Ya Salam Cooking has been featured several times in print such as Sisters Magazine, Oasis Magazine and *It Magazine as well as several online papers like Saudi Life and Jeddah Beauty to name a few. This site has won several awards in its genre and has been chosen as a top chef feature by Braun Arabia and Atyab Tabkha. I was even asked to be on Masterchef Arabia. Thanks for all the people that have read and supported this blog over the years for making it what it is.