Falling in love with Arabic also meant falling in love with the cuisines of the Arab world… and led me to write a book on Arabic cookery in Italian (one of the first original titles in Italian and not translated)!

CUCINE ARABE by JOAN RUNDO

Some of my happiest moments in Morocco are going to the souk, looking for ingredients, talking to the sellers a bout what I am going to make….or even striking up conversations with strangers (always easy) when I see something they have bought or that I have bought! Once, I was on the bus in Marrakech with a bag containing a rabbit I had bought to make a tajine. A lady came and sat beside me and I moved the bag to make more room for her and said there was a rabbit in it… so we started talking about cooking rabbit and cooking in general… then I had to get off so I didn’t get any more of her recipes, unfortunately!

Joan Rundo, Freelance Italian/French-English translator and interpreter

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