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Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends [Hardcover]

Eva Longoria
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15 Jun 2011
Eva Longoria may be most recognized for her role as Desperate Housewives’ saucy Gabrielle Solis, but on her own time, there are few places she would rather be than in the kitchen, cooking the food she loves for her family and friends. Here is the food Eva loves to eat, and the recipes in Eva’s Kitchen trace her life story, taking readers on her culinary journey—from the food she was brought up on to the recipes inspired by her travels abroad to the dishes she serves during casual nights at home.

Having grown up on a ranch with every meal based on what was in the family fields, Eva believes, like so many of us, that good cooking relies on local, fresh, easy-to-find ingredients. In Eva’s Kitchen, she teaches readers essential cooking skills and she sprinkles in the histories and traditions behind her favorite dishes, including personal stories and anecdotes that capture the warmth, humor, and joy of her most memorable meals.

In her first cookbook, Eva welcomes you into her kitchen, offering 100 of her favorite dishes—many of which are family recipes collected over the years—all fused with her passion for cooking. She also shares memories of her Texas ranch upbringing, her very first cooking adventures, vacations overseas, nights in with her girlfriends, and last-minute pre–red carpet meals.

Inspired by her heritage, Eva highlights the essentials of great Mexican cooking, Texas style—with her family’s recipes and techniques for making the world’s best tamales, homemade tortillas, Spanish rice, and Pan de Polvo (Mexican pastry), to name a few. She also offers dishes from a variety of international cuisines, from Latin American to Italian and French, inspired by her globe-trotting travels. A taste of Lemon Dover Sole whisks Eva to a tiny hotel-restaurant she once visited on a trip to Normandy; the recipe for Cannellini Beans with Crushed Red Pepper was a souvenir from a trip to Florence; kimchi adds a kick to her Spicy Roasted Brussels Sprouts, a Thanksgiving staple; and Yellow Squash Soup with Lemon brings her full circle, back to her family’s vegetable garden in Corpus Christi.

With full-color food photographs, intimate portraits of her family and friends, and a glimpse into Eva’s home and her lesser-known domestic side (family first, acting second, she says), Eva’s debut cookbook will entice her loyal fans and inspire home cooks to broaden their culinary horizons and create memorable meals for the people they love.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (15 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307719331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307719331
  • ASIN: 0307719332
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 19.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars worth it for the tortilla recipe alone 30 Dec 2013
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Easy to read and the recipes are well laid out. I use the tortilla recipe regularly and refuse to buy them as this recipe produces delicious wheat or corn wraps. I also like the short anecdotes at the beginning of each recipe, it feels like a collection of family recipes. I am not a massive Eva fan but believe her book has kudos as a standalone cookbook not just a celebrity endorsement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Mexican cookbook so loses focus 8 April 2013
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I bought this cookbook after much deliberation. I'd read it was Mexican focused but then read the contrary. I'd read the author knew nothing about cooking - then read the contrary. I eventually took the plunge with an Amazon gift card and found that the book is NOT Mexican focused (but there are plenty of Tex-Mex recipes to satisfy) and that Eva Longoria seems passionate about cooking and feeding friends and family although clearly not trained.

That said, Longoria's passion in the kitchen is the kind of food writing and recipe building I gravitate towards and therefore can't wait to try the recipes. Most look simple enough and not too expensive. The reasons I give it three stars would be that a lot of the recipes look like they'd feed a family of eight - so for two people I'm not sure when the opportunity will present itself. Additionally, not being wholly Mexican focused, the book loses a bit of a thread and doesn't seem cohesive in parts. Supposedly Longoria marketed the content as 'her journey' with food - growing up in Texas but then travelling internationally as an actress. That said, it might have made more sense to stick with her roots and really demonstrate her expertise in one cuisine.

It's probably a book just for Eva Longoria fans, not for those looking for a Mexican cookbook by a star name.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great useful cookbook 2 April 2013
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Bought this book as wanted some authentic tex-mex recipes. It definitely delivers on that front and so much more. I own a lot of cookbooks and have probably cooked more dishes from this one than any other. The recipes are strong on practical family cooking, great flavours and easy to source inexpensive ingredients. The only minor problem is she does occasionally recommend several different sorts of chilies not easy to get in the UK. The recipe for the guacamole is incredible, I'll never buy ready made again. There's some really clever recipes in this book that I haven't seen elsewhere and would gave not thought to put together myself e.g strawberry and goats cheese salad. The flavour combos work really well and are easy to get right. There's also some great international dishes too. Her recipe for turkey shepherds pie is lovely. A very useful cookbook - highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 July 2014
By FW
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Great! Thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 15 Sep 2011
By Fi
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Enjoying this book. The recipes are clear and easy to follow with good pictures. Those I have tried so far have worked out well and tasted great.
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