Reading List

Morocco has long held fascination for travelers, travel writers, poets and artists of every stripe. Here are some books that can help you get the most out of your journey.

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Guidebooks:

Lonely Planet Morocco
 by Matt Fletcher, et. al.
 Lonely Planet’s guide offers less history, but more detail on very practical matters of getting around. It exhaustively catalogues virtually every option available to you in every place you might ever want to visit.

Fodor’s Morocco 
Fodor’s Guides
Fodor’s guides understand the needs and interests of higher-end Western travelers, and provide excellent intineraries for those interested in the best shopping, accommodations, and dining Morocco has to offer.


Maps:

Michelin Morocco Map 
No. 959
Get a sense of the geography of Morocco with Michelin’s map of Morocco, the (deservedly) most popular map of Morocco for travelers.

Travelogues and Essays:

Sahara Unveiled: 
A Journey Across the Desert
 by William Langewiesche
Encounters, observations and revelations from a 1,200-mile trans-Saharan trek are poetically reported by William Langewiesche in Sahara Unveiled: A Journey Across the Desert.

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Their Heads are Green 
and Their Hands are Blue 
By Paul Bowles

This whole list could almost be devoted to the works of Paul Bowles, a writer who virtually singlehandedly introduced Morocco to contemporary Western audiences. This engaging collection of travel essays, now out of print (but available in limited quantities in places like eBay and Amazon) voyages through places that are as yet unencumbered by the trappings, luxuries, and corruptions or modern civilization. Bowles is a sympathetic and discerning observer who is especially alert to what is bizarre and what is wise in the places he settles. He is also disturbed and indignant about the corrosive effect of Western culture on non-Christian ways of life.

Mogreb-El-Acksa : 
A Journey in Morocco
 by R. B. Cunninghame Graham
Published in 1898, Graham describes his attempt to cross the Atlas Mountains and reach the forbidden city of Tarudant. The places he visits and the people he meets come alive, offering a picture of old Morocco.

Cookbooks:

The Momo Cookbook 
by Mourad Mazouz, Momo Mazouz
The Momo Cookbook is much more than a recipe collection. Prose portraits of the land of the Maghreb (Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria) connect its rich history to the development of a distinctive cuisine that has been developed over centuries.

Cooking at the Kasbah: 
Recipes from My Moroccan Kitchen
 by Kitty Morse
This book presents recipes from Morocco, pairing color photos by Laurie Smith with dishes such as Barley Bread with Cumin and Tagine of Lamb with Prunes. Notes on Moroccan customs pepper this attractive presentation.

Couscous and Other 
Good Foods from Morocco
by Paula Wolfert
Redolent of saffron, cumin and cilantro, Moroccan cooking can be as elegant or as down-home hearty as you want it to be. In Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco, author Paula Wolfert has collected delectable recipes that embody the essence of the cuisine.

Photography Books and Moroccan Style:

The Imperial Cities of Morocco
by Mohomed Metalsi, et al.
The Imperial Cities of Morocco (Rabat, Marrakesh, Meknes, and Fez) are some of the most intruiging, ancient, and beautiful urban spaces ever devised. This book explores these magnificent cities.

Timeless Places: Morocco 
by Annette Solyst
The language of Timeless Places: Morocco is poetic, and the photography is breathtaking. It’s a great visual introduction to the wonders of Morocco.

Living in Morocco: 
Design from Casablanca to Marrakesh
by Landt Dennis, Lisl Dennis
This revised edition of Living in Morocco celebrates the indigenous arts of a country at the height of a cultural renaissance. The work is a true celebration of Moroccan style.

Novels:

The Spider’s House
by Paul Bowles
Set in 1950s Morocco, this novel examines the attitudes of both Westerners and the Moroccans themselves as French colonial rule disintegrated. It is deservedly considered one of Bowles’ masterpieces.

The Road to Fez
by Ruth Knafo Setton
Read the powerful novel that Publisher’s Weekly called “evocative and erotically charged … The lyrical tale captures the pungent stew of sights and smells of North Africa.” And Amazon.com says, “If you’ve never been there, you’ll feel like you have after reading Ruth Knafo Setton’s ‘The Road to Fez’… “