Abdel’s Favourites from the Marrakech Café

In this stunning debut cookbook, Moroccan chef Abdelghani El Adraoui shares recipes for the dishes that have made his cooking classes and restaurant so popular among Moroccan food lovers in New Zealand’s capital city. Gorgeous photos showcase recipes passed down from mother to son, alongside descriptions of Moroccan culture and family life.

Born in Marrakech, with an Arabic and Berber background, Moroccan chef (and father of four) Abdel began cooking in the famous Jamal El Fana market after learning from his mother in the family kitchen. He then worked his way around the world as a professional chef before opening the Marrakech Café in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2007. Abdel uses fresh, local ingredients to recreate the delights of the Moroccan table.

Abdel makes it easy to create the classics – including bastella, tagines, couscous and harissa – together with other authentic tastes of Marrakech. Try the tempting bessara green pea dip seasoned with coriander, garlic and cumin, the zaalouk, an enticing spicy eggplant relish, or baghrir, the ‘pancake with one thousand holes’ that is drizzled with honey syrup and served any time of day.

Designed by Anna Brown and beautifully illustrated with full-colour photographs by Kate Whitley.

Abdel’s Favourites will become your favourites too!

Available at the Marrakech Café and from all good bookstores in December 2013.

Pre-order your copy now in time for Christmas!


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Price: $40

Postage and handling: $5.50

ISBN: 978-047-3-254-339

Dimensions: 250 mm x 195 mm

Format: Flexible soft cover; 128 pages