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Seasonal Spanish Food [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Jose Pizarro
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12 Oct 2009
Pizarro's infectious enthusiasm for Spanish cooking permeates every page. His message couldn't be simpler: use fresh, good-quality, seasonal ingredients and they will speak for themselves. Season by season, he explores his favourite ingredients from different Spanish regions, the culture and history behind them and how best to use them with his exceptional and yet simple recipes. With anecdotes about typical Spanish pastimes and stories from his youth growing up on a farm in Extremadura, this is a truly Spanish approach to the cuisine, which has integrity and charm. From Scallops with Serrano Ham in autumn to Chocolate Pimenton Puddings in spring, you will turn to this book again and again for recipe ideas for any occasion.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie (12 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856268497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856268493
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.5 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spanish made easy --Times Magazine

Book of the Week 'In this book, Pizzaro approaches Spanish cuisine from the perspective of the land and its seasonal produce; the focus is on the traditional, regional cooking of Spain, not on restaurant-style Spanish dishes. We found the simplicity of Pizarro's family dishes such as Kid Stew with Smoke Paprika and Marinated Peppers, quite enticing, and were very taken with dishes such as fritters made with tiny shrimp and red mullet with sliced potatoes and black olives, both from the area around Cadiz on Spain's southern coast in Andalucia. There are short chapters, too, on Spanish produce, from the plain (pusles and rice) to the sublime (Spanish ham and saffron). If you haven't tried cooking Spanish food, we wager this one will have you testing your tapas mettle in the kitchen before manana is out --Time Out

With a love of vibrant flavours and uncomplicated ingredients, Jose Pizarro has long delighted customers with his dishes --Telegraph Magazine

About the Author

José Pizarro's first head chef job was at El Mesón de Doña Filo, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain. He then worked as Head Chef at Eyre Brothers restaurant followed by running the kitchens at the Brindisa restaurants and will now be opening a new restaurant in London in Spring 2011. He regularly appears on Saturday Kitchen and is going to be on Rick Stein's new series.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
I confess, I'm yet another Brindisa regular. I drag all my friends there and they are always impressed. I love this guy and his food. And I love the book. Without repeating what others have written I would like to stress that this is not essentially a restaurant recipe book - it's food from home for home. It's makeable and worth making.
Although it's about Spanish food and Spanish food is about Spanish ingredients, the book respects that many will not have access to these. Most of the recipes can be viewed as ways of making the best of what you've got. The few specialist ingredients that he mentions (like the vinegars) are worth tracking down, not just for these recipes.
The book is well laid out and a pleasure to read. The seasonal grouping is helpful because you can focus on what is available now. It's all about getting some good food out quickly to enjoy with family and friends - not labour-intensive stuff.
And it is good. There are some great things in here that I know I will be rolling out regularly. (There will be a jar of tomato jam in my fridge from now on for midnight feasts.) There are some great combinations in here that I was amazed I had not come across before. There are also some classics that deserve to be there simply because Pizarro's versions are the best I've tasted yet (eg. his tortilla de patata) There are also a few unexpected twists that are a revelation, rather than being weird. You will use them; your friends will be impressed.
He has mined his locality deeply. (I love Dioni and her pastry cake, and his Mum's baked potatoes) There's a generosity of spirit about this book in the amount of personal capital that he is sharing. The less scrupulous would have strung this out over several books. I can only assume that he hasn't done this because he has a lot more to give.
I certainly hope so.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hungry? You will be . . . 20 Oct 2009
By mattlam
Fans of the Brindisa tapas kitchens (Tapas Brindisa in Borough Market, Tierra Brindisa in Soho and Casa Brindisa in South Kensington) will need no introduction to José Pizarro, the talented and ebullient executive chef who has done so much to popularise top-quality Spanish cooking in the UK. An evening (or a very long lunchtime!) at one of his restaurants is quintessentially a sharing experience, and about the pleasure to be had in ingredients sourced with integrity, cooked with integrity, and eaten in great company.

This is the philosophy behind Pizarro's cooking, and his first book is totally infused with it. He shares with us an intensely personal experience of food - his formative years in rural Extremadura, family meals, festival food, the grass-roots of Spanish food production (the farm, the kitchen garden, the local producers, and most importantly the seasons). And as a chef with the enviable ability to put together wonderful flavours in imaginative ways, he has combined and refined these simple ingredients to produce dishes that anyone can cook at home, whether in Spain or the UK.

This is a beautiful and heartfelt book, lyrical and evocative both in words and pictures. The love and pride Pizarro feels for his country and his family shines out of every page, and his approach to food is a reminder that we can all be proud of our culinary heritage if we concentrate on the basics - seasonality, simplicity, locality and love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! 29 Jan 2010
I would recommend this book to anybody who loves food, regardless of whether they are already fans of Spanish cooking or not! It's packed with superb recipes, information and tips on how to produce a stunning range of dishes. On top of that, it's full of beautiful images and stories which really help bring the food to life. I received my copy in October and was so impressed that I purchased extra copies to give as Christmas presents to a few friends (all of whom absolutely loved it too!)
Definitely a "must have" in the kitchen!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tapas Brindisa At Home 28 Oct 2009
An excellent book - all my favourite dishes from Pizarro's restaurants are here for me to cook. The recipes are simple and straight-forward to follow. The book has lots of great photographs, and the pride and enthusiasm Pizarro has for spanish food shows on every page and in every recipe. If you like simple tasty spanish food, this book is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hear it from a Spaniard 27 Dec 2010
I love this book. It perfectly captures the essence od Spanish cooking, and I am qualified to make this statement, I am Spanish!
Shameful to say until I bought this book I had never had a go at making paella, but when I followed the recipe in this book for seafood paella I was blown away, it tasted exactly like the one you get in restaurants in Spain. It is so good that I made it for my family and my mum asked for the recipe as she said it tasted better than hers.

Same with the recipe for Spanish ommelette, tortilla española, which contrary to what people think it's just potatoes, onions and eggs. This book has tought me that choosing the right kind of potatoes (floury type like king edward) and making sure you soften your onions for 20 mins before adding any other ingredient is the key to the perfect tortilla española.

As well as the popular Spanish dishes, there are also not so well known recipes all equally tasty but at the same time simple, the book is divided by seasons with additional chapters for specific ingredients such as rice, eggs, fish, etc.

My favourite Spanish cooking book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Mrs B.S.Apple
2.0 out of 5 stars Returned as it wasn't what I was expecting
I was looking for a traditional Spanish cookbook and this wasn't it, so I returned it. It looks like a lovely book and I'm sure the dishes are great, just not for me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ms. P. J. Mears
4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and tasty
I love the way that this cookery book works around and within the context of the Spanish seasons. Each recipe is lovingly written and easy to follow.
Published 10 months ago by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars The restaurant and the book
First of all I visited the restaurant by chance. Enjoyed it so much I went back the following week. Enjoyed it again. Saw the book and bought it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M HEPPELL
4.0 out of 5 stars spanish classics with a twist
Just bought this book and haven't cooked from it yet, so I can't say anything about the reliability of the recipes.
The book itself however is gorgeous. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tamaartje
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was looking for
Not what I was looking for at all. I wanted a book of simple family table Spanish food, but the majority of the recipes in this book weren't that. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Nicola Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A Taste of Spain
I live amongst Spanish friends and have tried several of the recepies..all enjoyed by those who consider themselves experts in national food. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mrs. Gillian F. Veale
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it
there is something magical about this book , great recipes complimented by great pictures and a bit of to read i just before i go to sleep :p
Published 23 months ago by andre
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva
This is a wonderful cookbook, I bought it in August and just keep going back to it to try another recipe. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2012 by Peter Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book with recipes that work
Only had this book a few weeks but have already tried a couple of the recipes and they work beautifully. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2012 by kq698
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