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4.0 out of 5 stars Jampacked with ideas!, 26 Nov 2007
This review is from: 1080 Recipes (Hardcover)
Make room! What first impressed me about this book is the sheer number of recipes packed into this tome. Unlike the offerings from the celebrity chefs, half the book is not wasted upon 'lifestyle photography' with the chef licking their fingers or staging a dinner party. Instead, the recipes come thick and fast - 72 tapas in the first 50 pages alone - with straightforward instructions, simple ingredients and only the occasional illustration.

My first quibble with the book is that many of the recipes seem bland, with few suggestions for extra seasoning. The mustard and cream was delicious with chicken and rice, but only after I used three times the mustard and added turmeric and chili powder.

Most recipes serve six which is perfect for large gatherings, so this will help me with many dinner parties to come. Otherwise ingredients and cooking times need reduced if just for a couple diners. However, your presentation skills will be tested because the simplicity of the recipes mean they often lack plate appeal, judging by many of the photos.

Also, there are times that complex procedures aren't fully explained or when special implements are not described adequately. Want to make churros? Essentially all the book says is that you'll need a churrera - something to look out for on my next trip to Spain, I suppose?

Like the British, I am sure the Spanish love foreign flavours, but I wasn't sure why space was spent on things like chicken curry, tiramisu and vichyssoise.

Finally, not all the recipes are unique. Sometimes one basic recipe is 'spun off' with up to 5 or 6 variations. Still, ninety dozen recipes (about 3 different meals every day for a year) is enough to keep any chef busy in the kitchen, so it may be awhile before I get around to Phaidon's Italian companion, The Silver Spoon!
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Initial post: 31 Jul 2009 08:49:57 BDT
I don't know if you have managed to get a churrera yet, but I got mine from: http://www.delicioso.co.uk/shop/Terracotta_kitchenware/Churro_Maker who are based in Oxfordshire and offer a mail order service. You get a little instruction book as well, which includes a basic churros recipe. See: http://www.cookipedia.co.uk/wiki/index.php/Home-made_Churros

Posted on 26 Oct 2009 11:05:12 GMT
D. says:
You don't need to buy a special gadget to make churros, an icing bag will do the trick just fine.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2012 12:41:45 BDT
Ziggy P says:
Thanks for the link... I find icing bags are not strong enough (I've gone through quite a few different ones, and only get one use out of each), especially when making large batches of churros, so will give that churrera a try!!
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