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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; First Edition edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307719331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307719331
  • ASIN: 0307719332
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eva Longoria may be most recognized for her role as Desperate Housewives’ saucy Gabrielle Solis, but on her own time, there are few places she would rather be than in the kitchen, cooking the food she loves for her family and friends. Here is the food Eva loves to eat, and the recipes in Eva’s Kitchen trace her life story, taking readers on her culinary journey—from the food she was brought up on to the recipes inspired by her travels abroad to the dishes she serves during casual nights at home.

Having grown up on a ranch with every meal based on what was in the family fields, Eva believes, like so many of us, that good cooking relies on local, fresh, easy-to-find ingredients. In Eva’s Kitchen, she teaches readers essential cooking skills and she sprinkles in the histories and traditions behind her favorite dishes, including personal stories and anecdotes that capture the warmth, humor, and joy of her most memorable meals.

In her first cookbook, Eva welcomes you into her kitchen, offering 100 of her favorite dishes—many of which are family recipes collected over the years—all fused with her passion for cooking. She also shares memories of her Texas ranch upbringing, her very first cooking adventures, vacations overseas, nights in with her girlfriends, and last-minute pre–red carpet meals.

Inspired by her heritage, Eva highlights the essentials of great Mexican cooking, Texas style—with her family’s recipes and techniques for making the world’s best tamales, homemade tortillas, Spanish rice, and Pan de Polvo (Mexican pastry), to name a few. She also offers dishes from a variety of international cuisines, from Latin American to Italian and French, inspired by her globe-trotting travels. A taste of Lemon Dover Sole whisks Eva to a tiny hotel-restaurant she once visited on a trip to Normandy; the recipe for Cannellini Beans with Crushed Red Pepper was a souvenir from a trip to Florence; kimchi adds a kick to her Spicy Roasted Brussels Sprouts, a Thanksgiving staple; and Yellow Squash Soup with Lemon brings her full circle, back to her family’s vegetable garden in Corpus Christi.

With full-color food photographs, intimate portraits of her family and friends, and a glimpse into Eva’s home and her lesser-known domestic side (family first, acting second, she says), Eva’s debut cookbook will entice her loyal fans and inspire home cooks to broaden their culinary horizons and create memorable meals for the people they love.

Guest Reviewer: Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray is a bestselling cookbook author, the host of the Emmy Award–winning syndicated show Rachael Ray, and editorial director of her magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray. She is also the host of her popular Food Network shows 30-Minute Meals, Tasty Travels, and Rachael’s Vacation. She is the founder of Yum-o!, a charitable organization dedicated to healthy family meals, and Rachael’s Rescue, which helps animals in need.

 

Eva Longoria is arguably one of the world's most glamorous women--a fixture in the Hollywood spotlight, entertainment magazines, and primetime TV. But after reading her first cookbook, Eva's Kitchen, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much you have in common with this "Desperate Housewife." Eva is much more comfortable in front of a stove than a camera, creating food with real personality to share with family and friends. Contrary to what you might believe based on her dress size, Eva is a girl who loves to eat and makes one hell of a guacamole.

Featured Recipe: Mint Lemonade


Mint Lemonade
Makes 3 cups; about 4 servings

For lemonade

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 4 lemons)

For mint lemonade
(2 servings)

  • About 12 (3 1/2 cups) ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups lemonade, plus more if needed
  • 6 to 7 sprigs of fresh mint, plus more for garnish

We had lemon trees and mint all over our ranch when I was a kid. I don’t remember when I tasted the two together for the first time, but since then I’ve never liked lemonade any other way. For kids or anyone not drinking alcohol, it’s a fabulously festive and beautiful nonalcoholic treat. Or add a shot of rum or vodka to each glass and make a cocktail out of it!

Instructions
1. To prepare the lemonade, place the sugar and hot water in a 2-quart container. Close tightly and shake until the sugar is dissolved. Add the lemon juice and enough cold water to make 3 cups total. Shake until well combined.

2. To make 2 servings of mint lemonade, place the ice in a blender—it should fill the blender about halfway. Pour over the lemonade. Pull the leaves off the mint and add to the blender. Puree until well blended and slushy. If too liquidy, add more ice and puree; if too slushy, add a little more lemonade and puree until well blended.

3. Pour into two 12-ounce glasses. Garnish each with a mint sprig and serve immediately.

Review

“Eva and I both come from tight-knit families where nothing is more important than gathering for meals and celebrations. Her new cookbook will help entice your family to the table for wonderful memories.”
—GIADA DE LAURENTIIS
 
“Eva’s recipes are simple, delicious, and enticing, and they form a perfect bridge between down-home Texas, Latin zing, and easy-to-make perfection. I’d be happy to eat the spicy stuff in Eva’s kitchen every day.”
—MARIO BATALI
 
"Eva Longoria’s new book Eva’s Kitchen will get us all back to where we belong—the family table. Not surprisingly, it’s done with a little bit of spice! I’ll add this book to my collection for the tortilla soup alone!"
--BOBBY FLAY

“A wonderful book of family recipes and beautiful photos, Eva’s Kitchen proves that you can never miss when you cook with such passion for the people you love.”
—MARCELA VALLADOLID
 
“Eva’s recipes are delightfully personal and refreshingly simple and easy to follow. Aside from the recipes, the book is a gorgeous family album that tells a story that both our families share. I am thrilled to share my palette with Eva, and have her share her palate with me!”
—DAISY MARTINEZ
 
“Cooking and enjoying delicious food is one of Eva’s great passions, and she really puts her heart and her heritage into every dish that she serves. I know you’ll be as inspired as you cook your way through her book as I've been collaborating with her over the years at our restaurant, Beso!”
—TODD ENGLISH
 
“For me, so many of Eva’s recipes are like big hugs from great friends. They’re filled with the flavor of good times with loved ones, and of Eva’s and my shared love of the Southwest—where we were both raised.  Add to those heart-warming recipes a beautiful array of simple-to-do, up-to-the-minute dishes and you’ve got a cookbook to turn to time and again. Eva can cook for me any day!”
—RICK BAYLESS

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Customer Reviews

I have really enjoyed this cookbook and the recipes are very easy to follow, read and make.
Salina
Eva has produced a beautiful cookbook---not just recipes but wonderful pictures, family stories, and cooking tips.
L. Schlather
Eva Longoria definitely has a huge love for cooking and family, and it shows through all these amazing recipes.
Krystal

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a Mexican I found Eva's recipes to be a great selection of Mexican dishes, easy to make and as she says, to enjoy with family and friends. We have bought a book for each one of our children, so that when they spend a day with friends they can impress them with these delicious Mexican recipes.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By WJahns on April 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was watching Martha Stewart's show the other day, and Eva was a guest that day. She shared one of her recipes that they do in her Hollywood Restaurant "Beef Tacos". She only used two ingredients. YES, TWO ingredients. Chili Powder and Sea Salt. She rubbed these two ingredients on the beef (skirt steak). Then, they put that in the indoor grill brushed with vegetable oil to prevent the meat to stick to the grill.... and WALLA! Delicious :) then, she put her guacamole recipe. WOW! Eva didn't seem so confident like an experience chef in the kitchen, BUT I'm sure she put a lot of effort to make sure she had an excellent collection of recipes in her book. Honestly, I think she knows how to cook! Now, definitely I'm going to buy her book. Normally I don't write reviews, but I think she deserves this!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Delfin on April 7, 2011
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Oh my...this cookbook is great. Being Hispanic, growing up in Texas, these recipes remind me of my childhood. As Eva describes each recipe with love they are amazing.
My favorite is the "Fideo con Pollo" ..
Buy this book...learn the recipes..you will never good out for Mexican Food again !!
Viva Eva !!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By CMC on April 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I scoffed at first when I heard of this book. I liked Desperate Housewives a few years ago, and think Eva's gorgeous, but a COOKBOOK?!?!?! Then I heard her talk about cooking on a talkshow to promote her book and her voice changed when she was talking about cooking. Eva talked about the ingredients and flavors and you could tell she knew what she was talking about. I have a WHOLE CUPBOARD full of cookbooks - Chez Panisse, Ming, Julie Sahni, Mexican, BBQ, Desserts...etc. I have only made a couple out of each; they have so many steps and I often don't have the time or energy...I work 4 long days a week.

But I have had the book only 1 week and have made and loved 5 recipes and more importantly, so does my family! I made the tilapia with citrus garlic sauce and the butter lettuce with strawberries and goat cheese, both in 1 hour combined including prep. The recipes are simple, yet the flavor is more complex than one would expect. I made the chicken with caramelized shallots and shiitake wine sauce and garlic green beans 2 days ago and also...1 hour from start to finish including prep for both dishes. My girls and husband loved it. I added garlic bread from the grocery, heated from frozen. I made the red velvet cake and it was GREAT! Love that the frosting is plenty enough for a crumb frosting layer (which I hadn't known about) and plenty more for the cake.

Most of the recipes are 3-4 steps and there are a few that are more labor intensive like the tortilla soup. My friend made that and she said it was good. The enchiladas because of the assembly take longer. But most I would say are 1 page or less of directions! She adds her personal touches to the recipes, my favorite of which are "Aunt Elsa's tips", from her Aunt Elsa, her inspiration.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Garland on April 14, 2011
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I couldn't wait to get this cookbook, and I was not disappointed! The first recipe I made was , The "Hungarian Paprika Chicken". It was delicious! This will be one that I make often.(I might try cream cheese instead of sour cream next time, just to try a different version)
I love the stories that Eva tells in this book too, I have to say, that this is the first time I have read a "cookbook" cover to cover in one sitting! I'm glad I decided against the Kindle version, it just wouldn't have been the same. 10 stars -this is a must have!!!Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By GwenInSF on May 24, 2011
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I bought Eva Longoria's cookbook after reading a few of her recipes showcased in Latina magazine. I'm also a huge fan of hers from Desperate Housewives and wanted to support her, especially considering the whole Tony Parker fiasco (What an idiot. What else can we expect from an athlete, I guess?) Thus far, I've made Sopa de Fideo, Veracruz Corn (with the aioli sauce - separate recipe), and the Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting. I've never made any of these dishes before from scratch, so it was a great education.

The Sopa de Fideo recipe was great and more of a Mexican comfort food (in my opinion). Definitely, Mexican spaghetti style. I used actual fideo and doubled the recipe thinking I wouldn't have enough for a friend's birthday party, but I actually had way too much. I would advise sticking to the measurements for this dish, since it really stretches. The chicken is moist and delicious. I should've added more seasoning, so make sure you season throughout the entire cooking process to get it to your liking.

The Veracruz Corn was a hit and everyone was asking me for the recipe. I would most certainly make this recipe again and again. Definitely a crowd pleaser and also very pretty as far as presentation. It was so flavorful, a little spicy with the jalapeno, and just plain delicious. The aioli sauce makes it! If you're in a bbq type situation, definitely roast the corn for that smoky flavor. However, after making it once and taking the time to grill the corn on my grill pan at home, I would consider using frozen corn instead. Cobbing the corn can be a bit of a pain. It's less work and quicker, especially if you're wanting to make enough for a large crowd. I would also use store bought tortilla chips rather than making your own strips specifically for this dish.
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