Mint Tea and Minarets: a Banquet of Moroccan Memories
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This Moroccan cookbook is also an uncommon memoir, as author Kitty Morse, who was born in Casablanca, recounts her return to the country on her father's death.
Charged with settling his affairs, in particular taking care of the nineteenth-century house with walled garden in which he had lived, she re-immersed herself in the Moroccan culture she had left behind many years before.
Through recollections and recipes, Morse conjures life in a medium-sized city in contemporary Morocco. Her fluency in Arabic and her father's reputation in the city allow her to chat with neighbors, reminisce with with friends of longstanding, and browse and haggle in the local souk, all much more satisfying that dealing with bureaucrats.
The recipes Morse shares concentrate on the everyday food of Moroccan homes. There are hearty tagines and salads of tomatoes, fava beans, and preserved lemons. Holidays are observed with honey-spiced lamb and celebrations with doughnuts and candied oranges.
In contrast to her lengthy ordeal with the Moroccan legal system, Morse relates abundant stories of generous, thoughtful people who welcome her back and renew her affection for Morocco.
Paperback. Color photographs throughout.