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review 2014-11-07 14:32
Picture picture, yum yum!
Sharing Morocco: Exotic Flavors from My Kitchen to Yours - Ruth Barnes

Any successful chef (and even unsuccessful ones like me) will tell you that you eat with your eyes first.  This is true for the presentation of a plate in front you, and for a book tempting you with foods to eat.  Especially for foreign foods that I'm not especially familiar with, pictures are so important to get a feel for what I'll be eating, and to give me guidance for what the finished product should look like.

 

That's why I was so excited to see that this cookbook is filled with beautiful, delectable pictures.  Almost every recipe had a corresponding picture.  Some were pretty straightforward (Cucumber Salad), but others were totally wow (Marrakech Fish Tagine with Olives and Chickpeas, and Tagine with Eggs and Tomatoes -- side note, these two were coincidentally tagine recipes, but there is quite a variety in the book).  Bonus thumbs up for Ema's chicken soup (M'rrq D'mama) which is a spin on matzo ball soup. 

 

These recipes are a great introduction to Moroccan food, and good for a beginner to intermediate chef. 

 

I won a copy of this cookbook from Good Reads First Reads.

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review 2014-10-22 17:20
Sharing Morocco
Sharing Morocco: Exotic Flavors from My Kitchen to Yours - Ruth Barnes

As I've mentioned before, I am a huge fan of cookbooks - read 'em every chance I get. I am especially excited to read ones about cuisines from other countries. So when I saw this one, I just couldn't help myself.

 

I really liked this book. She includes a really nice history of Moroccan cuisine at the beginning and the book is filled with beautiful photos. There are a lot of delicious recipes - a few I've tried and a lot more that I want to try in the future - and tons of information.

 

Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.

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