Wednesday, October 22, 2014

REVIEW: Sharing Morocco

Sharing Morocco
Ruth Barnes

Genre: Cooking
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 10.7.2014
Pages: 304

Recommended by: NetGalley, Read 2 Review
Date read: 10.18.2014

Summary: Bring Morocco into your kitchen with Ruth Barnes, the Petite Gourmande.
            In Sharing Morocco: Exotic Flavors from My Kitchen to Yours, Ruth Barnes brings to life the rich culinary history of her family's homeland while also making the cuisine accessible to the home cook.  She shares her tips and techniques for preparing Moroccan classics like bastilla, lamb with apricots and prunes, and chicken with preserved lemons, as well as more familiar dishes like baba ganoush, baklava, and kebabs.
            Like so many home cooks, Barnes is a busy spouse, parent, and professional who cannot spend all day in the kitchen preparing complicated meals.  But, like so many, she is committed to serving her family home-cooked meals that are fresh, healthy and flavorful.
            In Sharing Morocco, she has simplified the recipes that she loves by identifying common ingredient substitutes or demystifying the complex spice combinations so often found in Moroccan cuisine.  She does not shy away from shortcuts, like utilizing pre-made phyllo dough.  And, as an avid hostess, she is an advocate for freezing an extra batch of this or that to serve to unexpected guests!
            Sharing Morocco is an ideal cookbook for home cooks who are new to the flavors on the Middle East or who simply enjoy exotic food.  Readers will find Barnes to be a warm and welcoming guide to a culinary journey of the colorful spices and vibrant flavors of her homeland.

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.  

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