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Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen Hardcover – November 4, 2008
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Andrés (Tapas), chef-owner of seven D.C.-area restaurants and host of PBS's Made in Spain, brings everyday Spanish cooking to the American table. A native of Spain and protégé of elBulli's Ferran Adrià, Andrés offers an insider's perspective of his home country's cuisine and the varied approaches the different regions take to food. Dividing the book by food type and region, Andrés provides a culinary guide to regional specialties: Andalucia and salads, Madrid and soups, and Cataluña and pork, among others. Recipes require no special cooking techniques or equipment and stress the importance of quality ingredients, most of which are easy to find. Mouthwatering highlights include lobster and mushroom paella, Catalan pork with sausage and mushrooms, and chicken with peppers, tomatoes, onions and Spanish ham. One hundred lavish full-color photos make even the simplest of dishes (such as roasted vegetables, Mallorca style, and Manchego with tomato, thyme and walnuts) tantalizing. This collection will appeal both to cooks new to Spanish cooking and those familiar with it, and all will learn something from Andrés, who shows us why Spain is taking its rightful place at the top of the culinary ladder. (Nov.)
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This celebration of contemporary Spanish cooking brims with Andrés’ enthusiasm and his passion for the food of his native country. Recipes fall into categories by geography and by type of ingredients. Introductions to each section lay out a region’s history and its place in Spain’s culinary landscape. Andrés’ recipes are generally accessible, but they often call for ingredients not readily found in areas of America without good international markets. Nevertheless, these recipes are models of simplicity. Andrés offers substitutes where possible so that unique ingredients don’t always present insurmountable problems for the home cook. Seafood abounds, and even pork-based dishes call for the addition of squid or Norwegian lobsters. Spain’s wonderful and varied cheeses appear just about everywhere. So refined is the chef’s palate that whenever a recipe calls for water, Andrés insists on bottled or filtered water to ensure that flavors stay unsullied. --Mark Knoblauch
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The formatting in the Kindle version is exceptional: everything is clickable, and every recipe has a gorgeous color photo of the finished dish, and there are many other color photos throughout.
Accessibility of ingredients: I live in the middle of nowhere, in one of the 7 states without a Whole Foods, yet I find the vast majority of the ingredients accessible, either (Piquillo peppers!) in my itty-bitty grocery store, to order (salt cod) from my small town's butcher/fishmonger, or via Amazon. Most important, although Chef Andres always lists his favorite Spanish ingredient--for example, Valdeon cheese--he almost always gives us a suggestion for an acceptable substitution ("Stilton or any good-quality blue cheese"). We know that Spain is surrounded by the sea, so it's not surprising that many recipes feature fresh seafood: cuttlefish, red snapper, tuna loin/belly, monkfish, clams, fresh sardines, hake, scallops, oysters, mussels, squid, shrimp, and lobster.
However, readers should know that, for those of us who must amazon such ingredients as canned Spanish white asparagus, jamon serrano, boquerones, membrillo, fabes, or special-order veal bones or fresh ham hock from our butcher/fishmonger, we might have to pay a bit more than we would for ingredients we can simply pick up at our local Shop & Drop.