Feeling the Blaze of a Public Wood-Burning Oven in Morocco
Morocco is a country where the notion that "it takes a village" isn't an abstract concept found in self-help books—it's a daily reality. One of the best ways to get a taste of Moroccan communal life is to visit a local wood-burning oven. Here you can buy bread made to order, but the real culinary voyeurism is in watching the comings and goings of cooks bringing their home-cooked meals—bread, meat, fish, vegetables, casseroles—to be baked or roasted. Since many don't have access to ovens in their homes, the public oven serves a vital purpose; others keep coming for the superior flavor imparted by the wood flame and to keep up on local gossip. Each customer uses a unique mark to identify her masterpiece. What's trendy and hip in so many places... here it's just a basic part of everyday life. If you're a cook, rent a place with a kitchen and give it a try yourself.