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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; Revised edition (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307265528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307265524
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tapas are more than savory appetizers. "They represent a style of eating and way of life," says Penelope Casas, whose Tapas: the Little Dishes of Spain presents more than 300 recipes for the mouth-watering morsels. "So very Spanish, yet adaptable to America," she says, "they cross the line into what we think of as first course or main course dishes."

In chapters such as Tapas in Sauce; Marinades, Patés, Salads, and Other Cold Tapas; and Tapas with Bread or Pastry, Casas provides a definitive selection of the traditional Spanish bar food--dishes to pass out at a gathering, to serve on a buffet, or to make a party of. Readers wishing an introduction to this versatile food, and the culinary culture in which it thrives, will want this bestselling book.

The recipe array is vast. Sauce or ragout-like tapas include Shrimp and Mushrooms in Almond Sauce, Scallops with Cured Ham and Saffron, and Veal Meatballs in Spicy Chorizo Sauce. Endives Filled with Salmon and Shrimp Melon and Apple Salad are two examples of the many tantalizing cold tapas. Prawns Grilled with Garlic Mayonnaise, Lamb Brochettes, and the Three-Layer Omelet, a mixed-egg and vegetable tortilla, are hot-from-the-stove, show-stopping tapas. Including eight pages of color photos, a glossary of ingredients, menus, and a list of recommended Spanish tapas bars, the book is a complete tapas tour. Cooks at all skill levels will find dozens of these tasty little morsels to make and enjoy. --Arthur Boehm --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Tapas are to Spain as pasta is to Italya fundamental culinary form of unending variety. And with Tapas, Casas (The Foods and Wines of Spain) continues to do for Spanish cooking what Marcella Hazan has done for Italian. Tapas are appetizers of every descriptionfinger food and salads, marinades and pates, tarts and toasts, beans, sauced dishes, even some soups. The author provides recipes for a tempting selection of dishes that conveys Spain's love for all types of seafood and sausage, potatoes and peppers, saffron, garlic, paprika and green sauce. Since tapas are, by definition, little dishes, quite a few recipes require a disproportionate amount of work per ounce, and one should get used to lists calling for -cup strong chicken broth or two tablespoons peas. Suggestions for tapas menus are listed, as are leading tapas bars in Spain. BOMC Cooking & Crafts Club and QPBC alternate. October 22
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Recipes are easy to follow and to understand.
Billy J Saunders Jr
This is a very good cookbook and is a standard reference in my kitchen.
Andrew McMichael
This book is totally about the food and culture of Spain!
Pamela D. Durand

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
A wonderful introduction to Spain's colorful and exciting "little dishes," this attractive cookbook provides the reader with an extensive range of tapas from many regions. The dishes described are as versatile as they are delicious, and although some are rather time-consuming, most are not complicated. A glossary of ingredients, shopping information, hints on techniques and utensils, tips for throwing your own tapas party, and carefully planned menus for a variety of occasions make this a very useful guide.
Also recommended: If you love tapas you will love mazzas, the "little dishes" of the eastern Mediterranean, a stunning selection of which is included in Sonia Uvezian's latest and greatest cookbook, "Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen." This extraordinary volume should be added to every food lover's "must" list!
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Billy J Saunders Jr on April 14, 2003
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I've been looking for something like this for a long time. All recipe titles are displayed in English and Spanish. Ingredients and directions are displayed in English and converted over to the U.S. standards of measure. This is very helpful. If you have ever tried to convert a full recipe from metric to U.S. you know what trouble that can be. Recipes are very authentic of the Spanish Tapas I have ever had in my short 4 years of living in Madrid. Recipes are easy to follow and to understand. Includes helpful hints to make cooking and clean up a lot easer. For Example: The correct way to turn over a tortilla with out making a mess.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Tapas are always a hit with guests. For parties, I usually choose a few tapas that can be make beforehand (ie, the maninated tapas) and then serve a couple of hot tapas that require last-minute preparation. Nothing could be easier! Favorite recipes include garlic shrimp, tortilla, those delicious bite-sized meatballls and marinated shrimp. I enthusiastically recommend this book!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "bertieinmanila" on July 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
If I had to weed down my cookbook library to just 5 books this would be one of them. I have been visiting, living, working & eating in Spain for some 40 years and whenever I read this book it takes me back to tapas that I have eaten & the bars I have visited. The recipes are 100% authentic and mostly easy to make - the anecdotes about the sources of the recipes fascinating.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By L. Richmond on January 15, 2002
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I have thoroughly enjoyed this book, with its sensual descriptions of ingredients and menus. Truly a taste of Spain here! I gave a chef/ friend a copy for Christmas; and for New Years' she whipped up a dreamy Tapas party that sent our whole group into the furthest reaches of epicurean bliss. Everything she served came from this book! These recipies are flawless.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Cosmas Bisticas on March 29, 2005
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This is one of Penelopes first books and in my opinion it rates a bit higher than ok. I don't want to be too harsh as the book is 20 years old but the downside is that it is poorly assembled with all of the photos at the center of the book and brief descriptions for each dish.

Having said this there are many many recipes (about two on each of 200 pages) making this a good source of ideas and information, but if you're planning on flipping through looking for a photo of something appealing, this is not the book for you.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2001
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Making and eating tapas is high art in Spain. The simple American 'appetizer' pales in comparison. I love the whole notion of hundreds of different delicious little morsels to be savored by friends with some sherry or why not even a glass of alberino... Such a wonderfully stimulating way to eat! -- Whether or not you have ever had tapas, you are certain to find several recipes to love in this mighty little volume. There are items to suit any occasion and number of guests, some can be served cold, some can be made ahead, and Penny Casas provides outlines of sample tapas party menus to follow if you find yourself too overcome with delight to be able to choose.
This book is the most authentic I've found and I will certainly buy future books by this author.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By gary on November 13, 2000
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The book is fantastic! We have tried about half the recipes in this book and haven't found bad recipe yet. Most authentic Spanish cookbooks tend to be vague but not this one. The book provides clear instructions and a little background information on where the recipe came from. Mrs. Casas tends to go a little lite on the garlic but these recipes provide a good start from which to make your own little adjustments. My only complaint is that we have worn the book out from over use! I wish there was a sequel to this very special book.
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