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'reveals the secrets of creating the best and most authentic Spanish tapas ... easy-to-follow recipes for suitable for every occasion ... cleverly concocted by some of the world's best chefs' The Sunday Express 'it's time to cook up some of Spain's best-loved dishes yourself. ... Brush up on your espanol at the same time and really impress your dinner guests.' Thomas Cook Travel

About the Author

With a career in food writing spanning 50 years, Simone Ortega was the foremost authority on traditional Spanish cooking, and contributed articles and recipes to countless newspapers and magazines. 1080 Recipes, written with her daughter Ines Ortega, was her most famous and bestselling cookbook. Jose Andres grew up in Spain and trained under Ferran Adria at elBulli before moving to the USA, where he was one of the first chefs to introduce tapas to American restaurant-goers. He is now the chef-proprietor of seven acclaimed restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area, and is widely acclaimed as an expert on Spanish food.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (May 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714856134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714856131
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First there's the concept of tapas. Sitting leisurely with friends sipping a drink and using bits of food as commas in the conversation. That's the easy part. Now comes the trick-- after you finish the olives and nuts, what else qualifies as great food to serves as tapas?

The Ortegas' book answers that question hundreds of times with recipes that range from super-simple to quite complex. I've only tried 20 recipes so far, and all were very enjoyable. But I've read and leafed through most of the book, and it's all good enjoyment for anyone who enjoys the techniques and thinking behind sophistocated but simple food.

The only problem? I want to make more of each dish than we can eat, and I want to make more dishes than wee can appreciate at one time.
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After a great trip to Spain, I wanted to be able to recreate some of the tapas I had there. Having spotted this book at countless gift shops while there and then seeing reviews here on Amazon, I thought this would be a great place to start, and indeed it is. There are lots of classic recipes in here (at least, as far as I can tell from my experience) and some newer ones (based on the ingredients involved), but they are definitely authentic.

Results from the recipes in this book went over well at a recent tapas dinner party. Flavors reminded me of the simpler tapas places you see all over nighttime Madrid. There's one small section at the back that touches on more modern, complex dishes from top Spanish chefs, but overall you'll be looking at pretty mainstream tapas.

Some ingredients can be difficult to find, but the most exotic things are probably saffron and rabbit. Similarly some recipes require a fair amount of work, but it's all manageable in a normal home kitchen.

My biggest disappointment is that there aren't many vegetable options. Jose Andres, one of the leading proponents of Spanish cuisine in the US, has been preaching the glories of vegetables, and we don't see as much of them as I'd like in this book. In addition, there's not a lot of writing on the cultural context and service suggestions for these dishes, and for tapas, that stuff is moderately important.

Overall, a great choice as an introduction to tapas, but could use more veggies, more cultural overview and a larger section on modern innovation.
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This book was actually one which was checked out of our public library by my 21 yr old daughter. Her father liked the book so much, I bought this copy for him as a gift. He likes the simple directions and enjoys the photography to give him presentation ideas. A must buy for folks who enjoy the simple things in life...like a little topas.The Book of Tapas
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By Marion R. on February 25, 2011
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This is a wonderful book to learn about Tapas and Spanish dining. I wanted a casual yet upscale theme for my wedding reception. This book has clear recipes, beautiful pictures and is great just to sit on the couch and browse.
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I just returned from forty two days in Northern Spain and many of the Tapas that I enjoyed in Spain are found in this cookbook, plus some creative variations.
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This book has great recipes that are rather easy to reproduce. It is a good book on Spanish food. A must with nice pictures.
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By seaneo on March 9, 2014
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One of the best tapas books I have in my collection, my fifth Phaidon book and can't wait to purchase the rest.
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