This list will keep you entertained this summer as you read books that tell the traditional stories of Morocco, take you on adventures through the country, make you fall in love with the cuisine, and poetry that will give you chills. Put these books on your Summer read list and you won't regret it.
In Arabian Nights by Tahir Shah
Tahir Shah was thrown into a Pakistani prison on suspicion of spying for Al-Qaeda shortly after the 2005 London bombings. During this time, he was sustained by the stories his father told him as a child in Morocco. Upon his return, he set out to go in search of his country’s storytellers. This book was brought into existence due to Tahir Shah’s quest to find Morocco’s fables and storytellers. This book is a collection of traditional stories that give you a vivid vision of the characters as you read and reveals fragments of wisdom that are enthralling. You’ll go through layers of culture in this book as you read about the stories that Moroccan teachers and scholars have passed down.
The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert
This book includes a number of classic Moroccan dishes and some unusual regional dishes. Not only does this book give you exotic Moroccan recipes, but it dips into Moroccan culture with beautiful pictures and some brief history. This book will make you fall in love with Moroccan cuisine.
Hadathat al-Sou’al by Mohammed Bennis
Mohammed Bennis is a Moroccan poet born in Fez, Morocco in 1948. He is one of the best known Moroccan writers and has a prestigious reputation. He has a variety of essay books, and poems turned into books. His famous essay book is titled Hadathat al-Sou’al (Modernity of Interrogation). Through his poetry, he embraces Moroccan culture, freedom, and poetry.
Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami
Laila Lalami is a Moroccan novelist and essayist. This fiction novel takes you on the adventure of four Moroccans who illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar as they travel in an inflatable boat headed for Spain. Mura is a gentle and unemployed man who hustles tourists around Tangier, Halima is fleeing her drunken husband and leaves Casablanca, Aziz leaves behind his devoted wife to secure work in Spain, and Faten is a student and religious fanatic whose faith is tested when she meets an influential man determined to destroy her future.
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
Paul Bowles settled in Morocco where he lived for 52 years and wrote many of his books. The Sheltering Sky is a fiction story about three American travelers who adrift to the cities and deserts of North Africa after World War II. Paul Bowels digs into the American psyche with book’s characters, as the book shows rigid American comprehension of how foreign culture can be.
Mint Tea and Minarets
This book is written by a good friend of Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro, Kitty Morse. This memoir and cookbook vividly captures Moroccan customs and cuisine. As you read through Mint Tea and Minarets, you'll see that it holds an abundance of recipes for entrees, appetizers and drinks that screams Moroccan culture. You will also find Arabic and French influences in this cookbook, and capture Moroccan life through fine cuisine.