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1080 Recipes Hardcover – October 1, 2007
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1080 Recipes is the definitive book on traditional and authentic Spanish home cooking, trusted throughout Spain for over thirty years. Written by Spain's best-loved food authorities, it showcases the fastest growing cuisine in popularity, with Spanish restaurants and tapas bars opening in cities all over the world. A bestseller since publication, 1080 Recipes has sold millions of copies in Spain. It contains 1080 recipes from all Spanish regions, covering everything from appetizers to stews, from vegetables to desserts. 1080 Recipes is designed by Javier Mariscal, the famous Spanish graphic designer and illustrator, and it includes over 200 illustrations he has created exclusively for this edition along with 100 specially commissioned photographs.
One out of 1080: A Sample Recipe from 1080 Recipes
Potatoes with chorizo and bacon
Patatas con chorizo y bacon
--3 tablespoons butter or 4 tablespoons lard
--5 tablespoons sunflower oil
--2 ounces chorizo sausage, peeled and thinly sliced
--3 ½ ounces thickly sliced bacon, cut into ½ inch wide strips
--3 ¼ pounds small potatoes, preferably new potatoes, unpeeled
--1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
--1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Melt the butter or lard with the oil in a pan or large skillet. (It needs to be big enough to hold the potatoes in a single layer.) Add the chorizo and bacon and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for a few minutes then add the potatoes. Season with salt and cook covered over low heat, shaking the pan occasionally, for 45-60 minutes, until the potatoes are evenly browned. Just before serving, sprinkle with parsley and garlic and stir for a few minutes more. Transfer to a warm serving dish and serve immediately.
Note: Some types of chorizo become hard with prolonged cooking. To prevent this, cook the slices with the bacon, then remove and set aside. About 10 minutes before serving, return the slices of chorizo to the pan.
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First, a few words about the presentation. It would have been nice, in light of Spain's tremendous regional diversity, if the geographical provenance of each recipe had been identified. Too often outsiders have a monolithic view of Spain, its culture and cuisine. Spain is not just the land of paella and sangria - and the best Spanish cookbooks illuminate this culinary mosaic. Certainly, Ortega offers a sweeping itinerary, but she's not much of a tour guide. For that matter, it's always nice when cookbook authors introduce their recipes with brief blurbs that pique both the appetite and the imagination. Casas' The Foods and Wines of Spain, Mendel's Cooking from the Heart of Spain, and Von Bremzen's The New Spanish Table all do a great job with this - but it's entirely lacking here. If you're like me and like stories to go with your food, you'll be disappointed. In fact, there's nothing artful or romantic about Ortega's style. This probably reflects 1080's original purpose as a ready-reference for busy housewives.Read more ›
A couple weeks later, I purchased a copy of the book in Salamanca. In the three years since my return home, I have carefully steered myself through many rewarding home cooking experiences equipped with 1080 Recetas in one hand and a Spanish-English dictionary in the other. The results are always delightful.
I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this translated version of the book for several months now. I finally received my copy yesterday, and I am happy to report that it does not disappoint! At first sight the gorgeous cover took my breath away. When I opened it I discovered all my favorite recipes inside, lovingly translated to English and converted to U.S. customary units of measurement, beautifully complemented by the vibrant illustrations of Javier Mariscal.
The book does cover everything -- tapas, condiments, sauces, fresh vegetables, quick dishes, and savory meats. The recipes are well written and easy to follow.
To echo Maribel: You must get a copy of this book!
Let me set up a list of points against this book:
1: It is almost insulting to call this book of Spanish cuisine, with recipes on it like Spaghetti Carbonara, Pizza, French Alioli, Tarta Tatin.... It's ok to make a cookbook with a thousand and some recipes but it's not right to market is as a good guide of Spanish cuisine.
The reason I gave it 2 stars it's just because it's interestingly designed and the compilation of recipes is original and it may be useful if you need inspiration on what to cook for dinner, but lets stay it clear although there is a lot of Spanish Plates this is not an Spanish Cuisine compilation.
There is a huge lack of respect of what is and what is not Spanish, there is a long list of self invented recipes and over all, the thing that it annoys me the most is that I could write 50 recipes by heart that are made in any Spanish household, known by any Spanish chef or cooker, unique from Spain and thus widely popular that aren't here, recipes that are trully representative of Spanish cuisine that have been ignored to grant space for silly personal inventions or Italian, French or Chinese food.
Bacalao al pilpil, zarzuela de pescado, tocinillos de cielo, any recipe with cochinillo, espinacas a la catalans, etc,etc,etc are cear examples of what I mean
2: The author: First and foremost, just because you are one of the earliest writers of a recipe book in Spanish language it does not make you an expert in Spanish Cuisine.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The recipes (which is why we bought the book) are varied and the ones we have tried have been uniformly very good. The quality of the book binding, however, is terrible. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JoeInTampa
This was another phenomenal purchase. Such a beautiful recipe book in excellent condition. Thanks.Published 9 months ago by Roxanne Barger
Looking forward to preparing meals with these recipes. I have made tapas and paella for many years, and this expands my repertoire. It will get a lot of use.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Classic book for recipes from Spain. I was told by a good friend --- a native of Madrid -- that everyone in Spain has this book: His grandmother, his mother and his wife. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tenswim
Great book, excellent quality and recipes. I've made a few dishes and they're very different from what I would normally make, which I like. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Andrew-James
I decided I would challenge myself by attempting to cook this entire book (minus the recipes for brains and the like). Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by FNU MNU LNU
This book is so cute and diverse, it could push me to cook everyday if I got off work early. I like this book so much, especially the colorful-graffitied illustration.Published on September 12, 2013 by PengChou Tang
The recipe are easy and so simple yet the taste are amazing, and it such an inspiration to try and use other ingredient other than what it recommends. Love it.Published on August 17, 2013 by Mr. Tuan Q. Nguyen