Books: Cooking by Cuisine -> Cooking Spanish
La Cocina de Mama : The Great Home Cooking of Spain
Published: March 22, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Though the plethora of tapas bars opening in cities around the country may be a step in the right direction toward popularizing Spanish cooking, it would be a grave injustice to deny Spain its culinary breadth beyond those tasty
little dishes would be a grave injustice. And while paella may be the sole Spanish comfort food most Americans can name, this may soon change thanks to Casas, who leads gastronomic tours of Spain and contributes to Gourmet and other publications, leading
the way with books like this. She sheds light on a country that, culinarily speaking, has taken a backseat to France and Italy, and shares recipes for creating such previously unfamiliar Spanish specialties as Octopus with Paprika in Simmered Onions, and
Batter-Fried Eggplant with Honey, Mint and Sesame Seeds. Divided into nine personally narrated chapters (plus a product source guide and introductions on regional Spanish wines, cooking methods and staples), this book will satiate those who've been
searching for a savant's handbook to the Spanish kitchen. Salads and sides abound, and Casas balances the remaining menu with varied meat, grain and fish recipes, many garlic-laden and tinged with red wine. Beware, though: many recipes, though drop-dead
delicious, call for ample prep time (a few take two days to prepare) and plentiful patience. The end result, however, will help cooks create a worthwhile, more profound bond with both New and Old World Spanish cuisine. Color, bandw photos.
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Advance Praise for La Cocina de Mamand#225;
"The culinary innovation that the leading Spanish chefs have thrust upon the world over the past
decade has been truly exhilarating. Now, with La Cocina de Mamand#225;, Penelope Casas shows us where their influences come from-their mothers' cooking! What a splendid and inspired work. Anyone who loves the exuberance and simplicity of Spanish cooking
absolutely must have this sensational book."
"Penelope Casas has created a mouth-watering treasure trove of recipes straight from the heart and soul of Spain. You can not cook authentic Spanish without it."
Pellegrino, Author of Rao's Cookbook and Rao's Recipes from the Neighborhood
"Penelope has long been a guiding light for anyone doing Spanish cooking in America. In this book, she reveals some of the best-kept secrets of the Spanish kitchen, those
of our mothers!"
-José Andrés, Bon Appetit's Chef of the Year for 2004
"Penelope has finally opened the door to one of the most delicious lesser known cuisines-Spanish home cooking! I can't wait to cook La Cocina de Mamand#225; for my family
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