The Scent of Orange Blossoms (Hardcover)

Sephardic Cuisine from Morocco

By Kitty Morse, Danielle Mamane, Owen Morse (Photographer)

Ten Speed Press, 9781580082693, 208pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2004

List Price: 24.95*
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During Spain's infamous Inquisition, Jews were forced to flee the country for more welcoming shores. Many of these refugees landed in northern Africa, specifically Morocco, and a unique cuisine was born of the marriage of Spanish, Moorish, and traditional Jewish culinary influences. SCENT OF THE ORANGE BLOSSOMS celebrates this cuisine, presenting the elegant and captivating flavors passed down through generations of Jews in Morocco. The mouthwatering recipes include Fresh Fava Bean Soup with Cilantro for Passover, Chicken Couscous with Orange Blossom Water for Yom Kippur, and Honey Doughnuts for Hannukah. Illuminating the important connection among food, family, and tradition, the recipes are interspersed with letters between mothers and newly married daughters, discussing special events and menu planning. ‚Ä¢ Features black-and-white photography of traditional Sephardic families.‚Ä¢ Includes sample menus for all major Jewish holidays. 

Praise For The Scent of Orange Blossoms: Sephardic Cuisine from Morocco

"Provides not only straightforward recipes . . . but also an intimate tutorial in the millennia-long chronicle of the Sephardim."— Paul Reidinger, San Francisco Bay Guardian"This new cookbook reads like a novel—rich in fascinating, cultural context."—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The story of how this cookbook came about is as fascinating as the recipes themselves."—Indiana Jewish Post & Opinion"So fascinating and the spicing is so sophisticated. I found ten dishes I wanted to try right off."—"Fascinating collection of recipes."—Jewish Woman magazine"The dishes, redolent with spices, incorporate the exotic flavors of a rich tradition. . . .as enjoyable to read as it is to cook from." —Publishers Weekly"To preserve the memories of tight-knit communities long gone or nearly so. It's a lovely little book…the century-old family photographs with which it's sprinkled are uniquely expressive and inviting. And the recipes…make a Jew from Oklahoma like myself green with envy." —The Boston Phoenix