File Size: 4964 KB
Print Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Gibbs Smith (May 1, 2009)
Publication Date: May 1, 2009
Sold by: Digital Services LLC
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Best Sellers Rank: #2,010,611 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store) #37 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Regional & International > European > Portuguese #94 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Regional & International > European > Portuguese #176 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Regional & International > European > Spanish
This is an American pretending to know how to make Spanish tapas or Iberian food in general. Btw: I'm from Barcelona - There's not originality on his recipes, looks like the recipes were copied or borrow from somewhere else - I could safely say that his recipes are taking from other public available sources. Yes, looks good, but these recipes are available anywhere on the net. Don't buy it, just Google "Paella Valenciana" or "Tapas Recipes", "Portuguese Country Recipes", etc. That being said, the book looks good, the directions are Ok, I think there're better books up there. Try one of Penelope Casas books E.g.: La Cocina de Mama or The Foods and Wines of Spain...
I was looking to host a Spanish dinner party and used this cookbook for most of my recipes. Overall, the book gave me some great ideas for tapas, paella, and sangria. However, several of the recipes did not offer much specificity but rather general guidelines ("Use a lot of oil"). I guess the point the authors were trying to make is that there are not always hard and fast guidelines for certain ingredients, but ultimately it's a cookbook! When people have not made these recipes before, specifics are necessary.Some of the recipes are better than others - the artichoke/manchego spread was terrible, but the sephardic migas were a huge hit. My guests also loved the traditional paella valenciana.Overall, the cookbook was helpful and the discussions at the beginning of each chapter were extremely informative. I would not recommend if you have never cooked spanish food before.
I bought this for a friend of mine who is a wine connoisseur. He felt that the pairings were reasonable but there was nothing particularly remarkable about the recipes. Aside from that the book was well written and illustrated and since they don't seem to be many good books on this particular subject, he's going to hold onto it for a while.
Excellent cookbook. I saw this in a Spanish store in LA for $ 35.00. Got it on for about $8 with shipping. Excellent shape, great pics and recipes. I highly recommend it, very authentic recipes. Great Paella recipes.
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