Culinaria Spain bases itself on the premise that Spanish cuisine, though well loved and increasingly sought after, is misunderstood and at least until recently, recognized for only a few of its myriad dishes. While paella and sangria enjoy deserved popularity among conventional diners, they are barely the tip of the iceberg that Spanish cuisine has to offer. Editor Marion Trutter breaks up the recipes of Spain by regions, which is natural as they are topographically responsible for the drastic variations in Spanish cuisine. In Basque and Cantabrian cuisine, for example, fresh fish and shellfish feature heavily, while further south in La Rioja the major sources of protein are the sheep and game of the surrounding mountains. The book teems with hundreds of recipes, complete with history and photographs of Spain’s multitude of micro-cultures. It is the ideal resource for any cook eager to explore the culinary mosaic that is Spanish cuisine.
Many cookbooks and kitchen references are described as indispensable to experienced chefs as well as culinary novices but this book is one of the few that truly fits the bill. As the title says, it is an encyclopedia and it offers detailed information and vivid pictures of over 200 herbs, spices, essences, edible flowers and leaves, aromatics, vinegars, oils, teas, and coffees. Each is described with tips for storage and cooking, food match-ups, and recipes as well as general background information. This is a book no kitchen should be without.
2004 James Beard Award Nominee for International; Nancy Harmon Jenkins writes about the 25 years she's spent living, cooking, marketing, gardening, and happily eating her way through the Mediterranean region. Chapters serve as extended introductions for 120 recipes that best make use of the staple ingredients of Mediterranean cuisine: salt, olives/olive oil, wine/vinegar, tomatoes/peppers, pork, seafood, and cheese/dairy products.
2003 James Beard Award Winner - Single Subject Category; In The Flavors of Olive Oil, Deborah Krasner demystifies the world of olive oil. Olives-just like wine grapes-respond directly to variations in climate, soil, cultivation, and harvest, so each oil is unique. By classifying olive oil in four distinct groups (delicate and mild, fruity and fragrant, olivey and peppery, and leafy-green and grassy), Krasner guides readers through the different characteristics of more than 150 different olive oils, providing a step-by-step tasting guide to the flavors and aromas of each one. With notes on oils from Italy to Morocco to California, Krasner transports the reader to olive-oil-producing regions around the world.