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Mint Tea and Minarets
Mint Tea and Minarets

Mint Tea and Minarets

A Banquet of Moroccan Memories

By Kitty Morse, Photographs By Owen Morse



331 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: EPUB, PDF, Mobipocket

PDF, $12.99 (US $12.99) (CA $17.99)

Publication Date: January 2019

ISBN 9781939664129

Rights: US & CA

La Caravane Publishing (Jan 2019)


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Behold, a singular structure soars above the banks of the Oum er-Rbia, The Mother of Spring River, within the 16th century medina of Azemmour. Into her late father’s riad, an historic Moorish mansion, Kitty Morse, the author of five books on Moroccan cuisine, warmly coaxes you. Generations of cooks and centuries of celebration in Dar Zitoun sweeten the invitation. “The House of the Olive Tree” has many delicious stories to tell.An hour south of the author’s native Casablanca, scour the Azemmour souk for seasonal ingredients and meet the Dar Zitoun’s gifted cuisinier Bouchaib to concoct aromatic tagines. In the footfall of her father, the author uncovers the provenance of her culinary passion: The riad was an ancient cooking school. Follow her as she seeks out bibi beldi, free-range turkey, at a farm on the Doukkala plain and is instructed in falconry by Kwacem tribesmen, the only commoners in the kingdom authorized to capture and train the raptors. Frequent a Bedouin camel market, consult with a practitioner of native medicine, and hunt for the source of the Oum er-Rbia in the High Atlas Mountains. Woven throughout, stunning photographs and family recipes embellish the tale just told. Having grown up during the French Protectorate, a unique time in North African history, the author has a pied-noir’s rarified perspective. Fresh burdens as executor of her father’s estate help build an appetite, while Morocco’s Byzantine legal system introduces an amusing cast of other-cultured characters in this window onto the mosaic that characterizes Al Mahgreb Al Aqsa, The Land Where the Sun Sets. Best Book Arab Cuisine/USA/Gourmand World Cookbook AwardsPraise for Mint Tea and Minarets:“. . . But if you don’t cook Moroccan at home, are not near a Moroccan restaurant, and are nowhere near Morocco, you can still smell the aromas, feel the air and atmosphere, hear the languages of both Arabic and French, by opening a book: Kitty Morse’s Mint Tea and Minarets. Ms. Morse was born in Casablanca and spent her growing-up years there. Her father was English, her mother French. So her perspective straddles both Western and North African customs. Her newest book (she’s written many) is an exotic yet personal memoir festooned with spectacular recipes . . . The environments (atriums filled with plants and rooms tiled in bright colors & designs), company (famous mural artists, visiting Englishmen, trickster government employees), and stories (spirits living under a staircase, insistent bugs, a catty beauty ruining a manicure while cooking) all frame the meals with compelling drama (or comedy) making each dish tastier than ever. . .”Alimentum Journal.« . . . What makes the story particularly delicious, though, are the recipes that punctuate each chapter¬— hearty tagines, orange-blossom-scented desserts¬— all of which allow readers, through their sense of touch and smell, to accompany her along the way. The book reads like a novel, with yellowed family pictures, antique postcards, and arresting photos (taken by Morse’s husband) of contemporary Morocco, heightening the sense of adventure . . .” Saveur magazine, April 2013 “With the finesse of a storyteller and the air of a cookery connoisseur, Casablanca-born Kitty Morse has perfectly sculpted her book into an account of her life in Morocco interwoven with a mouthwatering selection of recipes from the heart of Dar Zitoun — the traditional home that her British father restored in nearby Azemmour. Winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Arab Cuisine in 2013, this colorfully illustrated volume testifies to the culinary magic of heritage and history meeting passion and mystery. Mint Tea and Minarets will take you on a delicious journey that will tantalize your senses and touch you deeply. This is a cookbook with a soul.” Aramco World Magazine, March 2014 Wa

Author Biography

About Kitty Morsehttps://www.kittymorse.comKitty Morse was born in Casablanca of a French mother and British father, and came to the United States in 1964. She obtained her Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the author of nine cookbooks and two reprints, including a memoir with recipes titled Mint Tea and Minarets: a banquet of Moroccan memories, named Best Book/Arab Cuisine by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The book centers around Dar Zitoun, her family riad (Moorish mansion) 50 miles south of Casablanca ( Her French translation, will soon appear under the title, Le Riad au Bord de l’Oued. Others include Cooking at the Kasbah: Recipes from my Moroccan Kitchen (in its 10th printing from Chronicle Books), The California Farm Cookbook, and her latest, Edible Flowers: A Kitchen Companion with Recipes (Chefspress, 2015).Kitty’s career as an author, food and travel writer, cooking teacher, and tour organizer, spans more than twenty-five years. Once a food columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Kitty has written for Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, Sunset, and Eating Well, among others, as well as for foreign publications. She has appeared on national television in the US and abroad. For 23 years, Kitty organized and led an annual gastronomic tour to Morocco, with cooking classes at Dar Zitoun.Kitty is fluent in French and Spanish, and is a guest lecturer and presenter on Moroccan and North African cuisine in California and beyond, from the Los Angeles Public Library, to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, cooking schools, museums, and universities. She taught Moroccan cuisine at the famed Rancho La Puerta Spa in Tecate, Mexico, for several years. She resides in Vista CA. with her husband, the food photographer Owen Morse. Owen Morse is a food photographer living in Vista, CA.