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The Book of Tapas Hardcover – May 19, 2010
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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.
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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Lots of varieties; traditional tapas . Great pictures also. Simple, slow food!Published 16 months ago by suereader
I had a friend who had this book & it has been in my mind for years.
Simple fantastic tapas dishes that will blow your mind. Read more
This is a Tome with many recipes for all sorts of tapas. The recipes are accurate and easy to follow.Published on February 21, 2014 by James D. Chalupnik
I got this book mainly because of the pictures. I first saw them in my friend's living room and was impressed. It made the food seem so appetizing, with new possibilities ahead. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Jay
I've tried 4 recipes, including the very simple and traditional patatas bravas and was very disappointed. Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by Alice