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The Foods and Wines of Spain Hardcover – October 12, 1982
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The book contains not one but two recipes for garlic soup, simple to make by even beginning cooks, and highly addictive. The "arroz a banda" described is one of the more subtle and satisfying of the rice dishes; and of course there is the paella (about which Ms. Casas has written a separate book). In this volume its recipe appears a bit intimidating, but it is essentially easy to prepare if one does not think too much about it beforehand.
For those cooks who need exact formulas and pharmacy-like precision in their ingredients, this book will please them. For those who are relativists with active imaginations, the book will also satisfy by pointing them in the right direction: pork chops with prunes, duck with olives in sherry sauce, baked porgy and peppers with brandy, chicken with figs. Yum.
Ms. Casas has obviously been very careful to anticipate such problems; everything seems to have been tried over and over with the average US kitchen in mind. And amazingly, the dishes still turn out exotic and "Spanish." I have no ability to vouch for authenticity, but who cares; the bottom line is that these recipes work and are absolutely delicious.
I also appreciate the suggested accompanying vegetables and wine. Two favorite main courses: Rice and Chicken, Chicken with Pine Nuts.
In addition to the above virtues, Ms. Casas gives a straight-forward history for each of the recipes, giving context and conveying a keen intelligence and quiet passion that leave the reader wanting to try every single one of these dishes. The research is complete and stunning. There is no hype or filler. This book is a keeper.
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Casas is just fantastic in her collection of recipes and vibrant descriptions. A real pleasure to read and use!Published 15 days ago by Hannah Reinhard
This book is fantastic! I was disappointed at first because there are no photos. After trying the recipes, photos schmotos! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Guerrero
I love all of Penelope Casas' books on Spanish cooking and this one is the place to start.Published 6 months ago by Billy Bison
I have the cook book for for many years. This was a gift for my son. My grandparent were born in Spain. The recipe in this book taste just like hers. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased this book over twenty years ago and its still one of my favorites with a special place in my kitchen. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brian K. Seitz
Overall, I'm happy with this cookbook. The recipes tend to be on the mild or safe side. That problem is easy to resolve if you know how to cook and have an idea of how the recipe... Read morePublished 10 months ago by icp-pinoy