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200 Tagines & Moroccan Dishes: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook
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on 23 November 2014
It is a present! Not really looked.
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This is an indispensable little book, full of easy to make Moroccan dishes: soups, tagines, fish, kebabs, vegetables, couscous, pastillas (filo pastry dishes) and deserts. I love the instructions for cooking couscous (pg 12)properly: I've eaten couscous in Morocco but I try to make it at home and it doesn't taste the same! On page 14 are instructions for making pastilla with filo pastry - so much lighter than traditional pastry - and I'm pleased to say there are recipes for preserved lemons and marinated black olives, too. Turn to page 108 and you will find a recipe for that classic Moroccan dish: Chicken, Lemon and Olive Tagine. The Sweet Spinach to serve with it sounds almost too good to be true - what a wonderful way to eat spinach! There are some new tips to pick up, too - soaking dried apricots in orange juice to make lamb with apricots is new to me. I'm calorie counting and it seems to me that a lot of the savoury dishes wouldn't be too calorific as they use only moderate amounts of olive or sunflower oil. the section on deserts is just delightful - the aubergine preserve is delicious and unusual and the preserved clementines are gorgeous. All in all, a terrific little book - small enough to take shopping with you, clearly explained and beautifully illustrated. A pleasure to own :-)
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VINE VOICEon 16 September 2012
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I am not overly familiar with Moroccan dishes; however, having bought a tagine recently I thought I would give this book a try. It is a handy size recipe book with full page colour images throughout. The book is split into 9 recipe sections: Kemia and small first courses, Soups, Tagines, Fish, Kebabs and accompaniments, Vegetables, Couscous, Pastillas, Desserts and sweet things. As with other "200 recipe" books from this range there are not 200 individual recipes. Some of the recipes have tips underneath the main recipe saying how the recipe can be adapted to make another meal e.g. Marinated minty lamb kebabs can be changed to spicy lamb kebabs with ginger. However, it is a budget cookbook so I suppose that is ok.

I was disappointed that there were not more tagine recipes. It focusses more on Moroccan dishes which is fair enough but tagine is in the title so I was expecting a bit more! The recipes are easy enough to follow and most of the ingredients are standard food cupboard items or easily bought from a supermarket - I hate when you start to plan a meal with a recipe and find that half of the ingredients are hard to find or too expensive!
Overall, for the price it is ok but I think if you are looking for a specific tagine book then there might be better titles available.
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on 2 September 2014
tried five dishes, very very good!
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This is an exceptionally good cookbook because nothing is complicated and all the ingredients are readily available.
The odd thing is that we all know the traditional shape Moroccan tagine with its funnel-shaped top and circular base, but nowhere in the book is food presented in one, and really you don't need one to produce any of the recipes! You can produce impressive food in the minimum of time.
The simplicity of each recipe is its joy, but having said that, the variety of ingredients is excellent and the dishes produced from them are varied.
There is also a good section at the front of the book telling us how to make couscous from scratch, also pastilla, and, the one bit that has always puzzled me - the preserved lemons which are a feature of many tagine dishes.
The lamb kebabs recipe later in the book also tells you how to make the Moroccan flatbreads from scratch.
All very useful, very simple, well explained and with good photographs too.
The book has a wipe-clean cover and robust pages, and is roughly half-A4 size so sits nicely on a surface while you prepare food. Steve Riches, Northampton, UK.
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VINE VOICEon 27 September 2012
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My mum and dad came back from Morocco last year raving about the cuisine, and with a bag full of spices and ingredients. Never one to feel like my pensioner parents are keeping the fun to themselves, I thought I would explore the world of North African cookery with the help of this little book.

Big on spices (but not heat) and with tasty, hearty ingredients, including lots of pulses and vegetables, I can see the reason behind the parental plaudits. This is comfort food, Moroccan style, although I did have to give the numerous lamb and chicken dishes a miss as I don't eat meat. There is however a good number of recipes suitable for both fish eaters and vegis.

The book includes recipes for main courses, side dishes, starters, desserts and some of the little extras (like preserved lemons) essential to Moroccan cuisine. Each is photographed clearly in colour, and the methods are clearly written, if lacking a little personality. Access to a large supermarket (or the online versions) is probably needed for some of the ingredients, but many could be made or adapted from easily accessible supplies.
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VINE VOICEon 8 November 2012
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I have had several books from the hamlyn all colour cookbook series as I've mentioned in other reviews they are all really handy and clear cook books with simple instructions, clear preparation times and a clear appetising picture next to every recipe. It is in the format of one recipe per page and without any other waffle or off topic discussions interspersed in between which makes it really user friendly when you just want to get on and cook something.

This book has 200 moroccan dishes which vary from salads to soups to cous cous dishes to meat, fish and sweets so quite a variety there and looking through it the majority are dishes you would want to eat, so realistic choice of recipes. My husband was quite excited while leafing through it, at the thought of all the dishes he will be eating when I make it!

The recipes seem quite simple and achievable, for example I have seen some overly complicated harira recipes online so many times I've thought of making it and then been put off but the one in this book is very simple and straight forward.
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on 10 March 2015
wife loves it and it was new.
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on 21 November 2014
10/10 arrived within 48 hours
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VINE VOICEon 2 September 2012
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This tagine and Moroccan focused cookbook is the perfect complement to a recent long weekend in Marrakech. We bought a tagine there (the earthenware dish, not the meal!) but have struggled to find proper recipes that make full use of it. This little cookbook hits the spot. It has a great selection of Tagine recipes both for oven baking and and hob cooking but also complements it with a good range of other Moroccan dishes and pastries. We've tried about 4 of the recipes now and they are all simple and straightforward, clearly explained with excellent photography to inspire you. One particular favourite were the peppers with argan oil as we'd brought some argan oil back with us and wanted something that highlighted the flavour, this worked perfectly.

A nice touch is that some of the recipes have a simplified version to make the preparation even easier and it also explains how to make really great cous-cous. All-in-all, if you're interested in Tagines and Moroccan dishes, this is a great introductory book.
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