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The Moro Cookbook [Paperback]

Samuel Clark , Samantha Clark
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Book Description

6 Mar 2003

Since it was first published in 2001, Moro: The Cookbook has been one of the most talked about, praised and cherished cookbooks of its time. Sam & Sam Clark share a passion for the food of Spain, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean and their London restaurant, Moro, was born out of a desire to cook within these wonderful traditions and to explore exotic flavours little known in the UK. Both the recipe book and restaurant have been showered with awards, accolades and endorsements and the Clarks have built up a legion of devoted fans.

In their first book, Sam and Sam have distilled the restaurant's most accomplished and delicious recipes, those that have ensured its extraordinary success. Authenticity is key and their food remains true to the origins of the dishes - heady fusions of warm spices and fiery sauces, slow-cooked earthy stews and delicate flavourings.

This is a must-have book for every cook's shelves, written and designed with palpable passion and insight.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (6 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009188084X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091880842
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 18.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,628 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A rare and special cookbook" (Nigel Slater)

"The Clarks have a way of making food taste wonderful" (Claudia Roden)

"This is a superb collection of recipes, all of which I plan to cook" (Rose Gray)

"I could happily cook my way through this book from start to finish" (Lindsey Bareham Evening Standard)

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63 of 65 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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51 of 55 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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great food that really works ... 28 Sep 2011
We have been to the restaurant a while ago and food was good but quiet expensive ... now with the book whatever page we open of it (mostly by random choice for us) the recipes are all very appealing, there is a great variety in them, its possible to find the ingredients, they are quiet easy to prepare, and most important of all they taste great. We have a lot of cooking books already (other very good ones as well, like Ottolenghi or From Nose to tail) but both of us (my wife and I) are glad we got this one as well, and gave it as a present to quiet a few of our friends already. What I like about the MORO coock book in addition is that you don't really need to stick to the recipe word by word, they also can just give you some great inspiration, for trying and combining things ... therefore I can 100% recommend it.
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18 of 21 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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44 of 52 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, fresh, simple, fabulous cooking! 12 Nov 2007
I love this cookbook! Though presently suffering under a self imposed ban on cookbook buying - I could NOT resist this... I picked it up in a friends house and read page after page of delicious and different recipes for things like carrots with coriander, beetroot and garlicky yoghurt, patatas bravas, chicken baked in harissa, pork cooked in milk etc.
There is also guidance on where to buy sherry and what types work best with different food (a drink I have ALWAYS hated but am happily being won over.) There is a slight over dependence on London suppliers and speciality shops in the references given but... I have not bought a book in years that I have loved as much or produced food that has elicited so many compliments from friends. Plus the pictures are pretty!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant restaurant - cookbook nearly as good 23 Aug 2006
By onion
This is an inspirational book, with recipes well within the reach of a competant home cook.

Many restaurant books (e.g. Cinnamon Club, Nobu) are just too intimidating for the amateurs. But this book has a wide range of recipes, covering Spain, North Africa and pushing into the Middle East. I've tried about 10 or so now, and all have been very successful - e.g. paellas, chickpeas and spinach, tapas suggestions, a fabulous monkfish with sherry/garlic.

Some of the other reviewers have noted the need for a lot of specialist ingredients, which is the reason for 4 not 5 stars, but those who live in a big city or who are prepared to order some of the more esoteric things online should be fine.

I rate Moro as one of the best restaurants in London, and this book helps spread the love for those who can't go there regularly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay but there is better
A bit disappointing, if you buy just one book on middle eastern cooking makesure it is the much better 'Jerusalem'.
Published 27 days ago by ljdaintyho
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 3 months ago by de saint simon
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"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 3 months 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 4 months 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 7 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 7 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 9 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 10 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 14 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 19 months ago by Chris Downing
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