Christine Benlafquih

Christine Amina Benlafquih is an editor and writer with special interest in covering food, multicultural issues and religion. An avid home cook, she began her exploration of Moroccan cuisine and culture more than 20 years ago. She writes extensively on the topic and conducts Moroccan cooking classes.

She was the Moroccan Food Expert for The Spruce's predecessor,, from 2008 to 2016. She continues to write on Moroccan food and culture at her blog and website, Taste of Maroc.

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Christine has been cooking Moroccan dishes for family, friends and guests for over 20 years. For almost as long, 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.

It is an ongoing adventure, and 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. She has worked in public relations and publication management as well as in retail advertising and the hospitality industry.

Christine Benlafquih

Moroccan food is often cited in lists of the world's best cuisines, ranking alongside Chinese, French, Italian, Indian and other famous cuisines. 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 customs.


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