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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 7 September 2012
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The Hamlyn all-colour cookbook series contains cook books with 200 recipes of various styles, in this case Moroccan cuisine. The 200 count may seem a little misleading as the book is less than 240 pages and has 2 pages per recipe (one with words, one with a photo), but if you look at each recipe the base recipe can then be enhanced to make a second recipe (both recipes are included in the index so fair enough).

I've got a number of these books and am a fan; I'm also a fan of Moroccan cuisine (or at least I thought I was) - however, I can't say I found this book particularly inspiring. The recipes are well described and the photos are good, there's lots of variety in the recipes (kemia/snacks, soups, stews/tagines, vegetables, pastillas and desserts) but I've not been too inspired. My conclusion is that my knowledge of moroccan cuisine doesn't go far beyond tagines (yup, got those... the chicken k'dra has come out really well and the speedy spiced chicken tagine was a success as well) and baklavas (again, a recipe is included although my effort wasn't so great). There are some what I would describe as "Mediterranean" recipes which have come out well, notably minty lamb kebabs, but I didn't really like the sound of a lot of the recipes (eg. meatball kebabs, Tangiers-style anchovies, hake with saffron)

My conclusion therefore is that there's a lot of recipes here and it's a nice book to have as part of the set but I wasn't as inspired by the recipes as I have for others in the series.
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As the title would suggest, this book is very specifically aimed at Moroccan cooking, but the prospective buyer should be aware that only 10% of the recipes are for tagines. The breakdown is as follows: 20 small dish/starters, 5 soups, 22 tagines, 11 fish recipes, 7 kebabs, 6 vegetable recipes (although other recipes are vegetarian), 7 couscous based dishes, 4 pastillas [...]and 17 puddings. The complexity of the recipes varies from getting some preserved lemons out of a jar, seasoning them and putting them on a plate to constructing a complicated pastilla. All the recipes look great and most ingredients could be found at a large supermarket. Some reviewers of the series have criticised the design of the book as its binding and small page format does not lend itself easily to use in the kitchen, however on the flip side it takes up very little cupboard space! I think Hamlyn should be congratulated on the 'all colour cookbook' series because at the price you get so many interesting recipes for very little money. I don't want to over-do the point but if you count how many recipes are in a Hairy Biker's or a Jamie Oliver book for example and then divide it by the price you paid I think you might be a little dismayed at the answer in comparison to the 2.5p or lower you get with this book. Anyway, I don't think Jamie has been to Morocca yet?
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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 6 August 2015
Perfect in tandem with the Tangine
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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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