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Summary: The love for Arabic food and Islamic culture has paid off for British chefs and couple, Sam and Sam Clark. Authors and operators of Moro, a restaurant in London specialising in Arabic cuisine, the couple held a live cookery demonstration at the Sharjah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

The love for Arabic food and Islamic culture has paid off for British chefs and couple, Sam and Sam Clark. Authors and operators of Moro, a restaurant in London specialising in Arabic cuisine, the couple held a live cookery demonstration at the Sharjah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

Authors of three books, which have already been translated into many languages across the world, the Clarks are now working on their fourth book 'Morito', which talks on 'Mezze' and 'Tapas', small Spanish desserts. "In Spanish, the small version of Moro, is Morito, and that's how we named our fourth cookery book.

"Every four years, we publish a cookery book. We are about to finish the fourth one this year," said Samantha.

The two first met at River Cafe, a famous Italian Restaurant in London and later travelled to Cordova and Seville in Southern Spain, which have strong traces and influences of the 500 years of Islamic dominance. "Soon after our marriage, we decided to travel to Spain and to Morocco to do a fact-finding mission. London has lots of French and Italian restaurants. But, we have no Spanish and Moroccan cuisine around. When we opened Moro, we were in full pack, and the same has continued for the past 15 years of our operation," said Samuel.

As a young boy, Samuel made a trip to Pakistan during which he became very interested in Islamic culture, architecture and music. "I travelled to Southern Spain with my wife, Samantha, to learn more about cross-cultural civilisation and traditional cuisine."

Samuel (Sam) began to cook at 5, and at 19 he became a professional. His wife, Samantha, who also had the same name as his, Sam Clark, was introduced to him by a friend.

Samantha grew up in a family of good cooks, from her grandmother who lived in France where good food became a way of life, to her mother. Samantha and her sister, Rose Prince, who is also a good cook, presented a live cookery demonstration on Wednesday morning with Prince focusing more on British cuisine and desserts. "I demonstrated European food with lots of baking. I bake chocolate cakes, fruit cakes and other British pastries," Rose Prince said.

Prince, who has been having live demonstrations at the fair since Saturday, baked pastries and cooked English scones, fish stew with saffron and anise seeds, and dessert with toffee.

A journalist by profession, Sam also gets her articles published regularly in the Daily Telegraph, London. She was 30 when she published her first cookery book.

Prince, who has come to SIBF for the third time said that the book fair had brought lots of people from around the world. It is a wonderful event and very important to Emirati people. "I am happy to be a guest at SIBF. It is interesting to know how this great interest in book is being stirred in the region by this book fair," she said. "I first came here in November last year, and then in May this year and this is my third time."-- lily@khaleejtimes.com

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Nov 15, 2012
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