Von Bremzen is in love with the gastronomic delights of Spain, offering an appealing, informative look at the cuisine that is rapidly usurping the culinary dominance of Italy and France. She offers insight into the dishes of famed chefs Ferran Adrià and Juan Mari Arzak and also shares the secrets of talented but lesser known cooks from around the country. Several of the recipes are for dishes you'd expect to find in a volume of this size—sangria, gazpacho and a multitude of tapas—but there are many welcome surprises: Eggs over Smoky Bread Hash, Coca (Spanish-Mediterranean pizza) with Candied Red Peppers, and Rice Pudding Ice Cream. Throughout the recipe section, von Bremzen (Please to the Table) provides entertaining personal stories like "Ode to a Can of Tuna," which details a raid on Arzak's fridge that reveals an incredible tinned treat. Readers will find facts on the history, food and wine of each of Spain's regions, a primer on Spanish cheese and a look at the critical ingredients in a Spanish pantry. Regardless of their level of familiarity with Spanish cuisine, all readers will learn something from von Bremzen, who shows us why Spain is taking its rightful place near the top of the culinary ladder. Photos. (Dec.)
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"I doubt there's another writer—even in Spain—who knows more about the electrifying flavors of Spanish food. This stunning book is fascinating to read, with compelling recipes that make you want to rush to the market."
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This is a great cookbook...I use it a lot and it's fun to read as well.Published 6 months ago by Michelle Reynolds
..very good cookbook and recipes..easy to follow..from Spain itself..the layout..the different sections..the regional all well thought out.. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Art Castro
How about a recipe index ? How about being able to link to recipes. Don't buy this. Buy the real nook from a local booksellerPublished 13 months ago by Colin A. Ware
Great cookbook. I've tried several of the recipes and have quite pleased with the results as have our dinner guests.Published 13 months ago by Paul - Newburyport, MA
I have used this cookbook for tapas parties on several occasions. The recipes are delicious and relatively easy to prepare. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cracket
Almost everything that I've made from this book has been very good and flavorful. I love all the fun and informative explanations of the recipes, as I know little of Spanish... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amanda Tichy
Another riff on Mediterranean food but so different. Artichokes with ham, a boiled dinner and suggestions on how to handle the leftovers, and of course tapas. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joanna Daneman