Tapas, that wonderful Spanish habit of taking a few vivid mouthfuls as appetiser with a glass of wine or sherry before getting down to the serious business of eating, is more a mode of thought than a coherent cuisine or set of recipes. This, at any rate, is the message of Louise Pickford's Tapas
. Purists might gasp, but once she has thrown the constraints of Spanish authenticity to the winds, the world, so to speak, is her oyster. This is modern, cosmopolitan tapas with a vengeance. Categorising her little dishes basically by number of mouthfuls (One Bite, Two Bites, Bigger Bites ... ), she pulls together from all over the world a savoury collection of appetisers and snacks to suit all occasions. From the simplest, such as Marinated Olives
or Salted Almonds
, to the elaborate, such as Picnic Chicken Loaf
or Deep-Fried Ravioli Pockets
, they're full of flavour and consistently imaginative. Oriental influence makes itself felt in Thai-Style Mushroom Kebabs
and Chicken Sate
, while Mediterranean flavours appear in Souvlakia
and Piedmontese Peppers
. There's even a dash of Eastern European, in Piroshki
. Spanish flavours do get a look in, though, with the likes of Spanish Tortilla
and Potato Bravas
, both very traditional tapas dishes. So uncork the Manzanilla and get feasting. --Robin Davidson
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Lousise Pickford is a freelance cookery editor and home economist. She is the author of several books, including The Mediterranean Collection and 30 Minute Food for Friends, both published by Hamyln.