If you need an excuse to head to the spice aisle, look to Moroccan food. Cumin, paprika, and cinnamon can round out humble carrots, while preserved lemon—in all its citrusy, salty-sour splendor—pulls its weight as both a garnish and ingredient.
Morocco's not afraid to flaunt its sweet side, too—just look at M'smmen: a breakfast-dessert hybrid dripping with honey. Imagine all those flaky layers atop our new vintage Moroccan platter (because, why not?). The whole thing would be almost too pretty to eat—almost. Here are 8 Moroccan recipes that'll put your spice collection to the test: