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The Food of Morocco Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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Paula Wolfert’s name is synonymous with revealing the riches of authentic Mediterranean cooking, especially the cuisine of Morocco. In The Food of Morocco, she brings to bear more than forty years of experience of, love of, and original research on the traditional foodways of that country. The result is the definitive book on Moroccan cuisine, from tender Berber skillet bread to spiced harira (the classic soup made with lentils and chickpeas), from chicken with tangy preserved lemon and olives to steamed sweet and savory breast of lamb stuffed with couscous and dates. The recipes are clear and inviting and infused with the author’s unparalleled knowledge of this delicious food. Essays illuminate the essential elements of Moroccan flavor and emphasize the accessibility of once hard-to-find ingredients such as saffron, argan oil, and Moroccan cumin seed.
Lavishly photographed in full color, The Food of Morocco not only showcases Wolfert’s tantalizing recipes but also evokes Morocco in all its timeless splendor and mystery: its markets with their lush produce, its dazzling textiles and intricate mosaic tiles, its communal ovens and ancient souks, and of course its people, from Marrakech to Tangier. A labor of love four decades in the making, The Food of Morocco is a once-in-a-lifetime book of uncommon scope and authenticity, an essential work for every serious cook, anyone interested in Moroccan cuisine, and discerning armchair travelers alike.
Top Customer Reviews
To use this book you need to be ready to start the day before, if needed--as many recipes have a few do-ahead steps such as soaking chickpeas or fermenting flour with lemon juice overnight. You can buy much of what you need at a regular supermarket, but the recipes are better if you follow the advice on ingredients at the beginning of the book. For example, for many dishes, Ms. Wolfert recommends Ceylon cinnamon, a milder-tasting version of the spice than the standard American version; I bought some on Amazon and it is delicious. If you are really ambitious, you can make your own preserved lemons...which marinate a month before they are ready.
For the most part, the instructions are detailed and clear. The book could have benefited from user testing in some parts. Occasionally there are unclear spots--for example, is the tagine supposed to be covered or not?Read more ›
This is a rarity in today's world of cookbook writing, but with Paula's recipes, you know that they will always work, that they are unambiguous, clear, and concise. If you are after the quintessential book on Moroccan cookery, then this is it.
I married a Moroccan man who hails from a very culinary gifted family! After a nearly month long visit to Morocco in 2010 - I was homesick for not only Morocco but the many delicious dishes my in-laws prepared! Salads, breads, sweets, etc... I'm quite skilled in the kitchen but have yet to conquer Moroccan cooking... this cookbook was definitely the answer to remedying that!
I've made several recipes from the book with great success (however, I will concede that I've altered preparation methods here and there - or tweaked recipes ever so slightly to my family's preferences). My absolute favorite recipe thus far is the Winter Squash with Carmelized Onions; honestly, I wanted to eat the entire dish! I believe it was intended as a side dish but served with salad - it makes for a wonderful vegetarian main dish!
I'm in the process of making the Fish Tagine with Creamy Onion Charmoula - when hubby noticed me cutting the fish and smelled the charmoula he got very excited!
Many thanks to Ms. Wolfert who composed this wonderful cookbook - AND - many thanks to the many Moroccan chefs/cooks who contributed their prized recipes as well... You have helped heal my homesickness for Morocco through food!
If you're interested in Moroccan food - or if you want to try new healthy, flavorful dishes - this cookbook will NOT disappoint!!!
Too many publishers obviously consider the buyers of their eBooks to be unworthy of a fully usable cookbook. Until they give eBook cookbooks the same usability as their dead tree cookbooks, I will be returning for refund their eBooks, as I have done this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're not just looking for a few choice recipes, but rather a full course in the why and how of Moroccan cuisine, this book is ideal. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nicole Renea Jensen Ezell
this is an excellent and basic cookbook - a good place to start if you are interested in middle eastern cookingPublished 2 months ago by Bz
This is one of the best cookbooks I have ever seen. Great recipes, of course, but also functions as an encyclopedia and coffee table-worthy photo album.Published 2 months ago by Michael A. Buchanan
As always, Wolfert has written a great cookbook. Easy to follow recipes and great photos.Published 4 months ago by piano teacher
exciting and exotic flavors abound, well written and a delightful addition to my libraryPublished 4 months ago by Lucille M. Laird
I bought this for our son-in-law for Christmas. It is a beautiful book but many of the recipes have ingredients which are difficult to get where we live. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Buffalo lady
This book includes a broad spectrum of Moroccan food and provides engaging background. Although I bought it after getting a traditional clay tagine pot, I found the tagine recipes... Read morePublished 5 months ago by VICKI PEARSE
Beautiful photos wonderful stories and historic backgroundPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer