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Moro East [Hardcover]

Samuel Clark , Samantha Clark
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1 Nov 2007

In Moro East, Sam and Sam Clark renew their passion for the food of Spain and the Muslim Mediterranean, but this time they find their inspiration a little closer to home ... in an East End allotment.

Bordered by the River Lea and the Grand Union Canal, on its own little island, Manor Garden allotments may seem a world away from Moorish Spain or Morocco. However, once beyond the gates, you are transported to the Eastern Mediterranean by a community of Turks and Cypriots who cultivate and cook an extraordinary range of ingredients, many of which are integral to the food served at Moro. It is here that Sam and Sam took on their very first allotment.

Moro East follows a year in the life of this East End allotment, reflected in recipes that are unusual without being daunting. Sam and Sam experiment with plants that can be eaten at various different stages of their growth; they include recipes for parts of the crop that might otherwise be discarded (celery leaves, pea shoots, poppy leaves), even making use of produce that does not ripen, such as green tomatoes. They also offer recipes to use up the gluts of produce at the end of the growing season, such as chilli jam, tomato preserve and pickled garlic.

Many of the recipes reflect everyday activities at the allotment - Turkish women rolling flatbreads or clipping the young vine leaves to make dolmades, families gathering to grill kebabs at the weekend - and the spirit of the community is captured in the photographs and the dishes. The 150 imaginative and seasonal recipes include Moro favourites and new combinations such as pigeon salad with figs, chickpeas and pomegranate molasses, tortilla with onion tops, and courgette and yoghurt soup.

With the allotment set to be bulldozed in 2007 to make way for the 2012 Olympics, Moro East documents the last ever growing season for Sam and Sam and the unique men and women of Manor Garden allotments.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; First Edition edition (1 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091917778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091917777
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 19.7 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"They should put a plaque on the Olympic stadium: Sam and Sam's wonderful recipes were born here!" (Delia Smith)

"Moro East is an exciting collection of recipes - some very simple - enhanced by intimate hints picked up by Sam and Sam from their varied, colourful, allotment friends and their Spanish neighbours. A lively conversation between gardeners and cooks." (Rose Gray)

"Any book by Sam and Sam Clark makes for essential reading and essential eating...stunning" (The Sunday Times)

"Anyone familiar with the two previous books of Spanish/Moroccan dishes by the owners of Moro restaurant can be assured this move to the Eastern Mediterranean is equally inspiring...a feast lies in wait" (The Independent)

"Truly inspirational" (Sainsbury's Magazine) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

The third cookbook in the critically acclaimed Moro series finds Sam & Sam Clark going back to their roots and growing their own produce in an East End allotment

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Famous for Spanish- and North African-style food, the couple have gone East - literally and metaphorically. A few years ago they `acquired' an allotment in London's East End and found, amongst fellow growers, Turks, Greeks and Cypriots. The two Sams swiftly became part of the allotment community even if there's little detail of any actual digging in the book. Rather it marks the passage of the seasons and the breadth of the crops with rich and alluring recipes - some their own, others weeded from neighbours.

Not that you have to grow-your-own to enjoy or cook them. They concentrate, not surprisingly, on vegetables and are cool about using up "all the bits" or eating weeds or young leaves - I'd never imagined young poppy leaves had anything to offer; now I can't wait to try them next spring. Recipes highlight Moro's approach to cooking of "three simple flavours jostling in the mouth to create something exciting". Strong on soups, there's a buxom leek and rosemary soup with blue cheese (great for any leftover Stilton over Christmas) or a heavenly almond and fennel with scallops. Bitter leaves with tahini and caramelised onions, one of FoodLovers featured recipes, is a bitter-sweet sensation and pumpkin pisto is fast becoming my favourite way of cooking pumpkins this autumn.

Now Moro East the allotment is sadly gone. The fertile land has been swallowed up by bulldozers, concreted over and incorporated in the Olympic site. For a mere four weeks, the two Sams write poignantly "it will be used as a pathway between stadiums". Luckily for us, the book remains.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Along with Otto Lenghi this is my new bible 30 April 2012
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Moro East I used this book to help create the most important party I've ever held. It was to introduce my 45 year old daughter Sally, to my closest girlfriends. Sally was adopted just after her birth in 1966 when I was 16. She found me in October last year. The experience is beyond all my dreams.
The exotic touches in some of these recipes are magical to say the least. Imagine the fragrance of orange blossom perfuming fresh pistachios with mint smothered on wafers of young beetroot. Thank you lovely Moro folk. Susi
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yum yum 10 Sep 2008
By Ally
At a time when the government are telling us to eat well and exercise and food is becoming more expensive local councils are taking the decision to bulldoze allotments. This book captured the community spirit of the place and encouraged me to plant some veg in my garden! The photos are great too. Already a fan of the restaurant and the previous books, this one did not diappoint. Brilliant book, vibrant recipes, especially the marinades!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go East with Moro 11 May 2009
By L Brown
I would highly recommend this last book from Moro. I like all the cook books and use them regularly which can't be said for some of the cookery books on my shelves. They contain some of our favourite meals which we come back to time and time again.
Moro East contains some really good ideas based around growing your own veg and the recipes produce really wholesome and healthy food. The images of the "lost" allotment and its gardeners are very interesting.
If you are keen on middle eastern and Spanish tastes, I don't think you can go wrong with Moro.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
From the introduction:

' the time you read this book our century-old allotment will have been replaced by a hockey stadium, we will have been moved on..........'
As the 2012 Olympics development started the allotment's destiny was sealed .......a concrete walkway!
But the memory lives on.......

'MORO EAST' is the third book from 'The Clarks': Sam & Sam, and is 'the evocative, back-to-the-earth story of their decision to grow their own produce, in the East End of London, a journal of life within a unique community and the inspiration it provides for their cooking', at home and in their London restaurant - 'MORO'.
It documents their last ever growing season and is a sincere tribute to this area, now consigned to history.

'.........'Manor Garden Allotments' were 81 plots which flourished on 1.8 hectares of land tended by a diverse multicultural community of Londoners. As well as born-and-bred East Enders, there were families that originated in Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and the West Indies........'

Hardback Edition
2007/Richard & Judy Christmas Book/Galaxy

Durable board covers open to 312 matt pages, split over main chapters:

* Soups (pg 1-32)
* Vegetable Starters (pg 33-68)
* Fish Starters (pg 69-94)
* Meat Starters (pg95-120)
* Salads (pg121-156)
* Vegetables (pg157-204)
* Fish Main Courses (pg 205-232)
* Meat Main Courses (pg 233-260)
* Sauces (pg261-274)
* Puddings (pg 275-307)

along with a page of 'Moro Plates':

'...... a few main course plates that give an idea of how we eat at home and in the restaurant.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another treat from Moro 8 Nov 2007
By W. Ide
The first two Moro cookbooks are rated higher than the Bible in our household, they're stained, sticky and thoroughly loved. And although I have yet to try many of the recipes from Moro East - i only just got it, give me a chance - I'm familiar enough with Sam Clark's recipe style to know that this is another winner. It's beautifully laid out, the recipes are easy to follow and, more importantly, inspire you to experiment and add your own ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for me!
good book, good packing, great delays! the ideal book for a quick mediteranean dinner, simple, original & great effect on the guests!
Published 2 months ago by de saint simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Moro East - Brilliant
I got this cookbook for my boyfriend at Christmas, it was brilliant, the recipes are fantastic and all the food from the cookbook are so tasty! Highly recommended!
Published 5 months ago by JH
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Item arrived on time and in a very good condition. Bought this for as a present for a friend and I am pleased with it. Excellent recipes!!
Published 6 months ago by Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, although some ingredients a challenge to find
This is a great book and especially good to use if you are an allotment aficionado! There are some great recipes in here, I loved making the mackerel escabache. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Steve C
1.0 out of 5 stars Will never bother with this book again!
Souless food which requires extensive effort (both to procure ingredients and to cook) to produce dishes which are less tasty than cheese on toast. Read more
Published 24 months ago by missemilylin
5.0 out of 5 stars another great book
the third fabulous book from Moro - packed with more simple yet wonderful recipes with a Spanish/Morrocan background. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2010 by S. Rummens
5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal present for a talented home cook
A present for my daughter, who is an accomplished home cook (family of 4). She is inspired by the contents and the easy-to-follow guidelines within the pages. Excellent value.
Published on 31 May 2009 by Mr. G. Rogers
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