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Moro The Cookbook [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Samantha Clark , Samuel Clark
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3 May 2001
The menu of the Moro restaurant explores the exotic flavours of the Mediterranean. This cookbook encompasses dishes that originated in Spain and the Muslim Mediterranean. As well as recipes it has details about the romance and tradition inherent in every dish.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; illustrated edition edition (3 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091874831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091874834
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moro joins the starry ranks of beautifully presented London restaurant cookbooks such as The River Café Cookbook and Momo that have excelled in delivering the tastes of the Mediterranean to our colder climes. Both the cookbook and the restaurant are the realisation of the dreams of Samuel and Samantha Clark, chef-owners and now writers. Their passion for the intense flavours of the cuisine of Spain, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean follow the saffron-cinnamon connection; the robust style of Spanish cooking balancing the lighter, more exotic dishes of the Muslim Mediterranean.

Tapas favourites such as tortilla, pimientos del piquillo (sweet peppers), boquerones (anchovies), sardines and chorizo share the table with familiar mezzes like grilled chicken wings with tahini, baba ghanoush and tabbouleh. But the joy of Moro is that it balances such favourites with rarer fare and new inventive recipes with traditional ingredients, such as the colourful and deliciously rich carcuteria cecina with beetroot and almond sauce and grilled quail with rose petals. If you thought you knew what to expect from paella, try monkfish paella with saffron or pork, chorizo and spinach, or Chicken, artichokes and oloroso sherry. All of which might not leave much room for the bitter chocolate, coffee and cardamon coffee cake or the Malaga raisin ice-cream.

If some of the ingredients leave you a trifle bewildered, Moro ends with an appendix of suppliers from specialty ethnic shops to local supermarket fare and a terrifically handy almanac of vegetables and fruits in season. Like its other restaurant cook books, Moro also serves up a feast for your eyes and belongs on your coffee table as well as in the kitchen, splendidly extending and deepening our appreciation for these too often over-looked cuisines. --Fiona Buckland


"Moro is to Spanish food what the River Cafe is to Italian" -- Nigella Lawson

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars full of surprisingly simple, workable recipes 6 Jan 2003
By A Customer
this is not the sort of cookbook I would normally buy, being rather an unconfident, though enthusiastic, cook who normally relies heavily on Nigel and Nigella, bless them.
My sister recommended it, though, and I am now completely sold on it. I have cooked several delicious dishes, all really easy and uncomplicated. The fish tagine, for example, is an amazing 'bung it all in and retire' recipe, which tastes wonderful.
Although there are ingredients in some dishes that it would be difficult to get hold of,these are in the minority compared to things such as smoked paprika, chestnuts etc, that are easy to find, but which have transformed my cooking.
For me, finding this book was as inspiring as discovering proper Italian food ten years ago - the same simplicity, delicious ( though obviously different) flavours and homely, completely unpretentious style.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that turned me on to cooking 12 Oct 2003
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First this book isn't one of those books crammed with glossy photographs of scenery. Though well designed and illustrated this is a book of recipes, leaving off only to explain simply and clearly regional ingredients or techniques.
Second, these recipes are beautifully simple to follow - and so far, despite being an inexperienced cook, I've yet to find a dud. Thanks to Moro I am now allowed to be alone and unsupervised by my wife in the kitchen! Most guests have rushed out to buy the book or note a recipe. Although this is a 'celebrity' cook book in that the writers have a high profile London restaurant, it couldn't be further away from the over-fussy, over clever recipes so often found. True, some of the ingredients can be a little hard to find, but the authors have provided a very helpful glossary of UK suppliers for these. In my case a recent weekend in Barcelona had me spending a small fortune in the local deli shops!
The best thing I can say about this book is that it worked wonders for me and I now feel confident and able to experiment in the kitchen.Thanks Moro!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 Jan 2002
By A Customer
I bought the Moro book about 6 months ago and have made lots of the dishes. The recipes work, are easy, original, taste wonderful and are digestible. The style of writing is accessible and educated and the layout and design of the book are a real pleasure. I love this book!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring receipes that cook beautifully 17 July 2001
By A Customer
The two Sam's passion for their culinery field spices this wonderful book. Most of it is simple stuff - the usual story of fine ingredients used in simple combinations with no messing. For those of us addicted to strong flavours and a bit of heat, these recipes hit the spot. Lovely.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mouth-wateringly delicious! 8 Sep 2002
By A. J. Watson VINE VOICE
This book is an absolute joy - obviously Sam & Sam really love their food; using all natural ingredients, (but not to the extremes of Crank's) they re-create the recipes they found during a 3-month trip round Spain, Morocco and Algeria, prior to setting up their 'Moro' restaurant in the UK.
They bake their own sourdough bread every day, using their own sourdough yeast, make their own yogurt and somehow find ingredients that most of us have never heard of (but they give a comprehensive list of suppliers at the back).
The recipes are simply described, with lots of practical advice and little anecdotes about their discovery of the recipes in tiny restaurants - for example, queuing up outside a hole in the wall that only sold lentil soup! But what a soup!
Think Spain - think paella (usually a hotch-potch of rice and everything thrown in to produce a gluey mass) - but this book resets that impression with a series of recipes that are light, tasty, unusual and definitely NOT stodgy!
Beautifully illustrated and lovingly written, you really feel the atmosphere of the Spanish/Muslim cookery surrounding you as you get drawn, drooling, into this gorgeous book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morofthisplease! 30 Aug 2009
This must be the best cookbook I've ever had!! Although some of the ingredients are not found on your average supermarket shelves, I've found most of what I've needed via the Internet. All the recipes I have made from this book have been thoroughly enjoyed by friends and family - in fact many of them have now gone out and bought the cookbook for themselves. The recipes are easy to follow, but are more aimed at people who (like me!) love and are interested in their food. I've now got all three of the Moro cookbooks, though this is my favourite. In fact, I've just had to buy another copy as my brother has just taken the original one back to Australia with him!!
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes but 13 Mar 2008
By Chris Widgery VINE VOICE
I've eaten at the restaurant a couple of times, and loved it. I love Spanish food, and Moro's take on it is a real winner. And there are some recipes in here we come back to time and again (the carrot, cumin and coriander salad is just sensational and I never tire of it).

So why three stars? Well, just because we only ever cook three or four things. We've tried a couple of recipes that just didn't really work - they didn't go wrong, they were just, well, fine. But a lot of trouble for just fine. And a load of others I've just thought "oh, I can't be bothered". Which isn't to say it's complicated, just a bit off putting.

The mezze/tapas dishes are great though, the yoghurt cake not to my tastes but everyone we've made it for has raved about it, the liver with cumin wonderful, and the patatas pobres lovely). Have a look through it before buying, and see how many you're really likely to cook though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Spanish, North African and Eastern Mediterranean kitchen, great for...
"Moro: The Cookbook" by Sam Clark is cooking guide for meals that are combination of Spanish and Muslim kitchen, that originate from the time when Spain was occupied by... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Denis Vukosav
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating
Wonderful (and accessible) recipes; and the photography (both of the food and of the street scenes in various Mediterranean countries) are a treat for the eyes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lili
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing recipies
Lovely photos inside and easy to follow recipes, much better than other Moro books I have had in the past
Published 3 months ago by Kate Holdsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb recipes
This was a birthday present for the main cook in our house, my husband. He found the Middle Eastern recipes very interesting and looks forward to trying them.
Published 4 months ago by Alice
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't like it
This did not fulfil my expectations at all. I travel in Spaid a gread deal and have always found the food on offer very good indeed, but this book does not reflect Spanish food at... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carol Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars bought as present
bought as present for daughter got good feedback back thoroughly enjoyed a welcomed gift. had read reviews prior to purchase good book.
Published 6 months ago by patricia fleming
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good!
We needed to go slightly further afield to get some of the ingredients but and interesting bunch of recipes to try.
Published 10 months ago by manuelkiddie
5.0 out of 5 stars All Cookbooks Should Be Like This
I love the idea that all these recipes have been sold and eaten in a real restaurant. No better test than that. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Chris Downing
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic and tasty, one of my favorites cookbooks
As a native Andalusian, I have been asked many times by foreigners about good Spanish cookbooks. I came across this book in
the public library and after borrowing it for a... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Felix Sanchez Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book
Liking Moroccan food I decided to add a specialist book on the subject to my cookery book library. Making a choice was difficult as there seemed to be a wide choice and then my... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Peter Jay
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