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Top 10 Spanish cookbooks 2019-2020
Spanish cuisine is known as being rich and varied, due to both the geographical variety and the historical contacts with other peoples, like the Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, and Americans. Therefore, it’s not surprising that many want to learn the secrets behind the Spanish cuisine and be able to make tapas, paella or tortilla. Check out this list and become a chef of flavorsome comida española!
1. THE FOOD OF SPAIN. Claudia Roden
The Food of Spain is THE encyclopedia of Spanish cooking (~600 pages!). Claudia Roden is a renowned cookbook author because her books are a result of years of deep research, all while making the recipes easy to follow. She explores the little known and classic dishes of Spain, from Cordero a la Miel to Tortilla and Paella, of all the regions of the country. With full-color photographs and recipes brought into context, you will discover how rich and varied Spanish cuisine is.
2. MADE IN SPAIN: SPANISH DISHES FOR THE AMERICAN KITCHEN. José Andrés
The famous Spanish-American chef José Andrés shows the regional diversity of Spanish cooking and includes both traditional and modern Spanish cuisine. If you are familiar with his TV show, you probably know that he makes cooking accessible to everyone, so don’t worry, you will be able to prepare all the dishes of the book! Interestingly, José Andrés offers substitutes of ingredients that are difficult to find in America, but in the majority of cases you will be able to find the right ingredient in nearby markets. If you prefer to watch José Andrés in action, you can also watch the TV show Made in Spain!
3. TAPAS: A TASTE OF SPAIN IN AMERICA. José Andrés
The energetic Spanish-American chef José Andrés collects more than 100 recipes of the famous Spanish snacks and small dishes, the tapas. Tapas can be cold or hot, and they are usually very easy to prepare, with simple ingredients. The chapters are divided according to the main ingredient, from tomatoes and olives to fish and pork. José Andrés not only makes the preparation of tapas accessible to everyone, but also provides context and his passion for the Spanish cuisine, which will bring Spain to readers.
4. 1,000 SPANISH RECIPES. Penélope Casas
This is a monumental collection of Spanish dishes that made Penélope Casas one of the best cookbook authors on Spanish cuisine. She brings the dishes of each region of Spain to readers in a comprehensive way. Iconic Spanish food like jamón serrano (Spanish ham), chorizo, churros or patatas bravas are included along lesser-known recipes. A very good investment to get countless recipes at a low price.
5. LA COCINA DE MAMÁ. Penélope Casas
Bestselling author Penélope Casas presents around 175 recipes that represent the best of Spanish home cooking, passed down through generations of Spanish moms. All the dishes exemplify the virtues of the Mediterranean diet and how delicious Spanish dishes can be easily prepared following the instructions of Penélope Casas. You will find all kind of recipes, from soups to desserts.
6. PAELLA! SPECTACULAR RICE DISHES FROM SPAIN. Penélope Casas
Penélope Casas, a renowned cookbook author especialized in Spanish cooking, presents 60 different recipes of the famous paella: some traditional, some modern, and some of her own creation. It’s a great cookbook to learn how to make good paellas, unlike the precooked bad versions of paellas that most tourist taste when they visit Spain. If are going to prepare a paella, you better buy a paella pan! She also includes desserts and tapas in the cookbook.
7. TAPAS REVOLUTION. Omar Allibhoy
Omar Allibhoy offers accessible classic Spanish receipes with his personal tweaks and easy-to-follow instructions . The step-by-step image guides are very useful, and the different chapters cover vegetables, salads, meat, fish and rice dishes, as well as desserts and cakes. All measurements are metric, so if you are from the US prepare a conversion table!
8. CÚRATE: AUTHENTIC SPANISH FOOD FROM AN AMERICAN KITCHEN. Katie Button
Katie Button, chef of the award-winning Cúrate restaurant, writes this cookbook that features 125 recipes. She brings the essence of Spanish cuisine to the American kitchen, slightly adapting Spanish traditional recipes using American ingredients. Cúrate includes tapas, soups and salads, seafood, meat, vegetables, rice, brunch, desserts and drinks, making authentic restaurant cooking accessible.
9. THE NEW SPANISH TABLE. Anya von Bremzen
There are many cookbooks with traditional Spanish recipes, but not so many with modern dishes and twists. The New Spanish Table collects 300 recipes with illustrations and organized by region of origin. Inventive cooks meet the traditional Mediterranean diet, with modern versions of paellas or gazpachos. This is not a book for those looking for the authentic or traditional receipe, but for daring people.
10. MORO: THE COOKBOOK. Samuel and Samantha Clark
The owners of Moro, a well-known restaurant located in London, show how Moors influenced Spanish cuisine. Spanish, North African and Arab cuisine blend in this book, all dishes with amazing backstories and great photographies. The combination is explosive, making Moro: The Cookbook not only a handy cookbook but a highly enjoyable read with the historical explanations that are included.
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