Wednesday, November 21, 2007

THE REAL TASTE OF SPAIN – recipes inspired by the markets of Spain
Jenny Chandler Cameron House (Bookwise) $40

If you are into Spanish cooking you’ll need this handsome hardcover book for your kitchen library.
From the cover showing garlic, onions and chillies, the gorgeous end papers featuring highly coloured tins of Spanish food products , the many recipes featuring fresh food from the markets to the mouthwatering recipe photographs and the appealing market photographs this is a book for all Spanish food addictees.

In keeping with my own protocol I have cooked a dish prior to reviewing – fried pumpkin with peppers and almonds or if you prefer– frita de calabaza. Yummy!
My next effort is going to be stuffed aubergines. Although grilled mussels – mejillones gratinados – shown in the illustration right is pretty appealing too.

Jenny Chandler studied Spanish and Catalan at Bristol & Barcelona Universities and worked as a chef in Spain for a number of years before setting up The Plum Cooking School in Bristol. She also teaches Spanish cooking in London and makes regular TV appearances. Her first book published in 2005, The Food of Northern Spain, was shortlisted for the prestigious Andre Simon Award.

In her new book she takes us on a tour of the markets from the famous Boqueria in Barcelona to the tiny village markets of the rural countryside. Market life and fresh regional products are at the heart of Spanish life and cuisine and after an hour or two reading Chandler’s book you may want to race off to Spain to experience it all. I certainly did.

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