The North African Cookbook Review

I want to share my thoughts Jeff Koehler's latest culinary masterpiece, The North African Cookbook, that I recently discovered it as I absolutely loved it.

The book takes us on a tantalising journey through the diverse and vibrant flavours of the Magreb region. You can almost smell the aromatic spices wafting from the kitchens of the region that encompasses Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya.

Koehler's deep appreciation for the region's rich culinary heritage shines through in his meticulous research and storytelling. He not only shares mouth-watering recipes but also weaves in the cultural and historical context behind the cuisine after spending two decades travelling and exploring the region. From the smoky allure of spicy aubergine to the delicate scent of preserved lemons and orange blossom, every recipe is a celebration of North Africa's culinary tapestry, beyond the classic couscous and tagines, taking inspiration from Berber, Arab and Ottoman cuisines as well as their European neighbours France, Spain and Italy.

Despite the bold flavours and techniques being new to me, I find the book so accessible and easy to follow. Koehler's instructions are clear and make even the most complex dishes seem doable. You'll find yourself embarking on a delicious adventure, one recipe at a time. I particularly enjoyed the almond ghriba cookies!

This book is more than just a collection of recipes; it is an invitation to explore the heart and soul of a region through its food. Koehler's passion for North Africa's cuisine and his dedication to preserving its authenticity make this book a treasure trove for food enthusiasts and cultural explorers alike.

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