Olivia Snaije was born in Egypt of Chinese and American parents. She grew up in Rome and Paris, majored in Romance Languages at university and then worked for the Council on Foreign Relations in New York in the African division before moving on to journalism. She has worked at Vanity Fair and CBC/Radio Canada in New York. As editor in chief of World Media in Paris from 1995-96, she put together a magazine published by a group of 26 newspapers worldwide, including Libération (France), La Stampa (Italy), El Pais (Spain), Ha’aretz (Israel), Al Ahram (Egypt), Oslobodenje (Sarajevo) and the Tages Anzeiger (Zurich). Snaije has freelanced for a variety of publications including The Guardian, the Financial Times, the European, the Christian Science Monitor, Condé Nast Traveler, Metropolis, the Middle East and Elle Décor. She is currently a reporter for The Daily Star, the largest English language newspaper in the Middle East. She was a major contributor to “Insight Guides’ Paris Museums” book, published in 2002, and “Insight Guides’ Eating in Paris,” published in 2004. Her book the Ethnic Paris
Cookbook, published by DK USA came out in March 2007 in the US.