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Easy Tagine: Delicious recipes for Moroccan one-pot cooking Hardcover – Oct 11 2012


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Internationally acclaimed cook and food writer, Ghillie Başan is known for her informative and evocative books on the culinary cultures of Turkey, the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. Having spent her childhood in East Africa, followed by a Cordon Bleu Diploma and a BSc in Social Anthropology from Edinburgh University, and having worked in Europe and the Middle East as a cook, cookery writer, restaurant critic, English teacher and journalist, her interests and experiences have culminated in a variety of books and numerous articles on food and travel in different parts of the world.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Most recipes require more than one casserole dish, not an actual tagine! May 28 2013
By a scientist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
You cannot imagine my disappointment when I ordered this book to go with my new clay tagine, only to discover the following:
1) Most recipes require stove-top cooking, which can only be done in a heavy casserole dish, a Le Creuset-style iron pot, or a diffuser on a gas stove (which runs the risk of cracking the clay oven)
2) The few oven-based recipes recommend a temperature of 375 - 400 degrees F, crucially about 25 - 50 degrees too hot for a real tagine.
Many of the recipes are fiddly, requiring many (ten or more) ingredients, several of which are extremely specialized. The descriptions of how to cook are often hard to follow, eg, page 75 instructs to place a marinaded fish onto a plate, add two sauces to a dish, add the fish to the dish, cover with foil (surely the lid?) and bake for 10 - 20 minutes until the fish is cooked through. Hmm. 10 to 20 minutes is an unfortunate lack of guidance when steaming fish. I realize it depends on the size of the fish, but this sort of thing can't be checked and some sort of size/thickness-related guidance would have been very welcome.

On the positive side, the book is nicely photographed and the book includes many (actually too many) caveats for those trying to recreate the recipes without the aid of a tagine.

In short, I strongly suspect there are better books to use with an actual tagine. The real problem with this book, aside from an occasional lack of clarity, is the title. It should be:
"Challenging Cuisine: delicious recipes for North African cooking in a variety of modern kitchen appliances."
If that appeals, this might be the book for you. For my part, I can't help being deeply disappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Just what I needed! Jan. 8 2014
By Kenneth Granle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is perfect for those starting out with Moroccan cooking. The recipes are easy to read and fun. The pictures and other information in the book are a great addition. Thanks!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
moroccon tagine cook book Feb. 6 2014
By Mecki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
highly recommend this cook book, easy and exciting recipes
must have for cooking with a tagine

authentic recipies in this book
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Easy Tagine Cookbook Dec 1 2013
By Felecia Davenport - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book. I was very pleased with its content and is a wonderful addition to my middle eastern cookbook collection.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It's fine, not GREAT June 13 2013
By CLFnyc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Tagine and Couscous book also by Ghille Basan made me much happier than this book. I'll probalby give this one aways, since in a small NYC apt we don't keep things we don't want. It's not that it's bad, but the other book is GREAT! I gave that one 5 stars.


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