Friday, January 20, 2012

Guest Author Kitty Morse and her book "A Biblical Feast"

Please join me in welcoming author Kitty Morse for a mouth-watering peek at her new cookbook A Biblical Feast.

My review:

A Biblical Feast: Ancient Mediterranean Flavors for Today’s Table, by Kitty Morse, is a delightful and mouth-watering experience for the soul; a banquet for the follower of Jesus Christ.  Kitty’s unique experiences and family history bring a new twist to ancient culinary delights.  Her book is full of breathtaking photos and taste tantalizing recipes for today’s kitchens.  She fascinates her readers with Biblical history and Scriptures applicable to each food group and dish, as she presents the “how to” for the preparer. This is a cookbook that I will delight in using often and referring to others.  I highly recommend A Biblical Feast as a cooking companion you’ll utilize over and over again.

Here is Kitty's Bio ~

Kitty Morse was born in Casablanca of a French mother and British father, and emigrated to the United States in 1964.  She is the author of nine cookbooks, five of them on the cuisine of Morocco and North Africa, including Cooking at the Kasbah: Recipes from my Moroccan Kitchen (Chronicle Books), and The Scent of Orange Blossoms. She is the author/publisher of the second edition of A Biblical Feast: Ancient Mediterranean Flavors for Today’s Table. Her forthcoming book is titled Mint Tea and Minarets: Chronicles from the Kasbah. 

Kitty’s career as a food writer, cooking teacher, and lecturer, spans more than twenty-five years. Her articles have appeared in a number of national publications. She has lectured on North African cuisine and culture at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and for The Culinary Historians of Southern California. One of the highlights of her career was cooking alongside Julia Child to benefit the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). She has appeared on the Food TV Network, CNN, the Discovery Channel, as well as on British, Mexican, and Moroccan television. From 1983 to 2007, she organized and led an annual culinary tour to Morocco that included cooking demonstrations in her family home south of Casablanca.  

What inspired you to write your book?

Listening to an Easter sermon during a church service held at the Anglican church in Casablanca, and realizing that the manner in which Jesus and His disciples ate resembled the dining style of the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. Later, while perusing cookbooks in a second hand store, I came across one purporting to give recipes from biblical times. Many recipes included ingredients early Christians had no access to, such as tomatoes, potatoes, citrus, or peppers, all New World ingredients. That’s when the inspiration hit me: why not write recipes based SOLELY on the 84 foodstuffs mentioned in the Old and New Testaments.
In researching the book, I consulted with experts in biblical foods in the US and abroad. I was able to reproduce Ezekiel’s Bread, strictly from the ingredients mentioned in Ezekiel 4:9. 

What kinds of reactions has the book generated thus far?

Very positive. Indeed, this is a second edition. The first, published by Ten Speed Press, sold 15,000 copies. Book clubs and Bible study groups often use it to prepare a biblical meal. 
What's the main message that you'd like readers to take away from it?
Returning to a simpler lifestyle, and to a diet based upon seasonal ingredients available locally, is the most spiritually satisfying.
What’s next for you?

I am at present putting the finishing touches on my 10tth book, Mint Tea and Minarets, a memoir of Morocco with recipes
Any final thoughts you'd like to share?

This lovely verse:
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Hebrews 13:2

How can our readers learn more about you and contact you directly?

Please post a message on my website, I answer my messages and I love to get feedback. 

You can also visit   A Biblical Feast   or purchase here on   Amazon

** This is a wonderful book for a gift or for your own kitchen's cookbook collection!  I bought two copies for Christmas gifts and I have my copy displayed prominently on my kitchen counter!

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