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Pintxos: Small Plates in the Basque Tradition Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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Oh, finally.... if one is going to include pictures in a book (and the ones in this volume are technically and artistically excellent), then why (OH WHY???) not make them pictures of the actual dishes instead of the graphically pleasing, but largely irrelevant images that accompany the various recipes? I might have given 4 stars if the authors/publishers had followed this simple idea.
This is a fine collection of Basque inspired tapas (for pintxos just say PEEN-chos) recipes, nicely organized and with wine parings. From griddle, beans, fried bites, little sandwiches, bites on bread, stews and braises, soups, salads to the skewers from which the book gets it's name (pinchers) these are treats. The back of the book offers recipes for panty items to have at your ready like piperade and basic sauces. You get a simple explanation of vinegars with a reduction tip to make moscatel vinegar as a usable substitute for aged (sweet sixteen plus) balsamic. Most balsamic we see is too young for anything but salad.
The Basque dinner hours are late and long. You cannot be fooling with complex timing and rigidity. This is food to ignite your party and fuel it through the wee hours. From "Figs Marinated in Sherry with Aged Goat Cheese and Basil", "Baby Beets, Cucumbers, Olives and Feta Skewers," "Caramelized Onions with Idiazabal Cheese", "Seared beef with Piquillo Pepper and Shallot Jam", to "Chicken Skewers with Yogurt-Mint Dipping Sauce" and "Duck Breast with Oranges and Green Olives".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some new some old tapas.Not impressive but visually appealingPublished 12 months ago by Juan Cobarrubias
I really enjoy Chef Hirigoyen's food and this book provides interesting insight into how it is prepared. Most home cooks might find this a bit daunting.Published 13 months ago by WineGuy
I bought this as a Kindle book. Probably a bad idea. The Kindle is far more portable, but isn't easy to work with when assembling food. The recipes are very interesting. Read morePublished 16 months ago by W. Frame
Love Spanish cuisine, so this was a perfect addition to our cookbook library! Pintxos (pinchos in the rest of Spain) are an essential building block in a good tapeo (round of... Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Max Crowe
Relative to other tapas cookbooks, I love to see the photos. The recipes are incredibly luscious and made several of the dishes for a holiday party. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Alice H Krause
I feel cheated and would like my money back! Cookbooks need photographs and yes, this book has a few but on the whole they bear no resemblance to the listed recipes. Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by Constant Reader
Beautifully photographed food, intelligently written text make this a joy to read. Especially enjoyed the history of Pintxos and the Basque region.Published on January 20, 2012 by rbt