With lazy days, three-day weekends, barbecues with friends and long balmy evenings, summer is the perfect time to get into the kitchen. Moroccan cooking is all about flavour, aroma and spice. It looks beautiful too. So if you’re looking to spice things up and bring some Moroccan goodness into your kitchen but you’re not sure where to start, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in our choice of the top six Moroccan cookbooks.
By Nargisse Benkabbou
Our absolute favourite Moroccan cookbook is the debut foodie tome from Moroccan chef, Nargisse Benkabbou - easy, everyday dishes that take the authentic Moroccan spirit and bring it up today with a contemporary twist. The recipes are simple and fuss-free, great for daily family meals as well as informal dinner parties. Our favourites are the orange blossom, beetroot & goats' cheese galette and the crowd-pleasing Moroccan mint tea infused chocolate pots. Nargisse is also a great follow on Instagram, @mymoroccanfood, for daily recipe inspiration.
The Food of Morocco
By Paula Wolfert
Often described by other cooks and chefs as their go-to book for Moroccan cuisine, The Food of Morocco brings the author’s 40 years of experience together in neatly bound form. Paula Wolfert’s long love affair with Moroccan cookery is evident in this beautiful book. Recipes include traditional Berber skillet bread, spiced hariria (a classic soup made with lentils and chickpeas), chicken with tangy preserved lemon and olives, and steamed sweet and savoury breast of lamb stuffed with couscous and dates. Passages in the book talk about the essential flavours of Moroccan cooking and how to achieve them.
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Morocco: A Culinary Journey with Recipes from the Spice-Scented Markets of Marrakech to the Date-Filled Oasis of Zagora
By Jeff Koehler
The title of this book is as evocative as the stunning photography within it. Morocco: A Culinary Journey includes 80 recipes that encompass the range of cooking styles and different flavours of Moroccan cookery - from Spanish influences to traditional Berber recipes, sumptuous tagines to spicy street food. Try the cumin-spiced potato fritters, the classic tagine and couscous entrees, stuffed pastries and to finish off, the imperative mint tea. The stunning photography of Marrakech markets and the lush green oasis of Zagora will make you want to book a flight ticket there and then, but before you do, get into the kitchen and create!
Mourad: New Moroccan
By Mourad Lahlou
San Francisco based Michelin-starred chef Mourad Lahlou has elevated Moroccan cookery to a higher plane with his modern vision. This book conveys how he has transformed and adapted Moroccan classics – such as basteeya, couscous, preserved lemons and over a hundred other recipes – yet he pays homage to Moroccan culinary traditions throughout. As with all of our favourite Moroccan cookbooks, this book shows the country off beautifully with lavish photography of the food and the locations visited by the chef.
Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco
By Paula Wolfert
A classic in Moroccan cookbooks, it was first published in 1973. A leading book of its time and a favourite with home cooks and professional chefs the world over, it has remained in print. This is the predecessor to Paula Wolfert’s second cookbook masterpiece, The Food Of Morocco. Dive into her lovingly researched recipes for larder staples such as Ras el Hanout and preserved lemons, and dinner classics such as lamb and lentil soup, aubergine salad and fish tagine. Not only does this inspire great cooking, it’s also a compelling read.
A Month in Marrakesh: A Food Journey to the Heart of Morocco
By Andy Harris and David Loftus
This Moroccan cookbook is a handy guide to read before your trip to Morocco. It offers an insight into Moroccan cuisine and its flavours, and provides detailed descriptions of the innumerate spices that you’ll find in the famous spice markets. It also walks you through preparing the most common Moroccan dishes in simple, easy-to-understand steps. Even novice cooks will be able to impress with this great go-to cookbook.
Inspired? Then get cooking!
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