Christine (Amina) Benlafquih is an avid home cook and freelance writer who enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge of Moroccan food and culture.
Christine has been cooking Moroccan dishes for family, friends and guests for over 18 years. For almost as many years, she has been sharing the recipes and skills taught to her by Moroccan friends and in-laws who cook primarily from memory and an intuitive sense of seasoning. These women patiently slowed down countless meal preparations so that she could take notes and write recipes.
She has lived in Morocco since 2000, where she continues to learn new things from some of the finest teachers around – the skilled women who prepare Moroccan cuisine daily.
Christine holds a B.A. in Journalism and writes for both print and online publications.
By Christine Benlafquih:
"While my interest in Moroccan cuisine was prompted by my marriage, Moroccan food quickly became part of my every day life by choice. It was hard not to be enthusiastic about a cuisine that is so diverse, so delicious, and so intricately woven with Morocco's fascinating history and traditions. I've also found it to be a healthy and practical way to feed a growing family!
"Now that I've been living in Morocco for over 12 years and am raising our six children here, it's only natural that I continue to explore Morocco's time-honored culinary traditions. I never tire of learning new Moroccan recipes, of being exposed to new ingredients or new techniques, or of hearing stories of how the food is connected to the culture and traditions."