Flavors of Morocco

Mar 24, 2014

Tagine of Beef with Fennel, Peas, Carrots and OlivesCan you smell it? Cumin, olives, and preserved lemons working its magic in a pot of tagine.

Can you taste it? Sesame, toasted flour, and almond “truffles” infusing the selloh, cumin and roasted bell pepper cumin chakchouka, eggplant salad, and tomato and preserved lemon crostini.

These smells and tastes can all be yours if you sign up for “Fresh Flavors of Morocco” with Kitty Morse at on April 9th as part of The Arboretum‘s continuing “Celebrating the Table” series.

Morse was born in Casablanca and has been cooking, teaching, and writing for two decades. Her latest book, Mint Tea and Minarets:  a Banquet of Moroccan Memories was pronounced “Best Book/Arab Cuisine/USA/2013” at the Gourmand World Cookbook awards. Her Cooking at the Kasbah was a bestseller and she traveled the state interviewing family farmers for The California Farm Cookbook. In 2002, she “conducted a Culinary Concert on Moroccan culture and cuisine hosted by Julia Child” and from 1983 to 2007, Morse led annual tours of her homeland that included demonstrations in her family home, “a Moorish riad south of Casablanca.”

Author Kitty Morse

Fresh Flavors of Morocco
Wednesday, April 9th, 3-5 p.m.
The Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91007
Cost:  members, $50; non-members, $60
Reservations required; please call 626.821.4623
For more info, visit

Image (top right) from Mint Tea and Minarets; photo by Owen Morse. Image (below) from the same book; mulhalbiya custard with pomegranate seeds and honeyed almonds.

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