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Forbes1080 Recipes--The Joy of Cooking for the cocina--has shown millions of Spaniards how to mas-ter their kitchens. Now it's available in English for the first time, bringing authentic Mediterranean flavor across the Atlantic. Simone Ortega, a Frenchwoman-turned-Barcelona-housewife, wrote the first edition 35 years ago, and she continues her hand-holding formula today with unpretentious, traditional cuisine from all of Spain's diverse regions. There are the requisite half-dozen paella recipes and a how-to guide to flipping an omelet, but gourmets take heart: An introduction by world-famous chef Ferran Adrià--best known for "culinary foam" and El Bulli's 30-course menu--proves this cookbook is as aspirational as it is instructional. Each paragraph- long recipe offers no-nonsense directions, substitution suggestions and health notes. (Some hard-to-find ingredients may require a trip to a specialty foods store.) The illustrations by famed artist Javier Mariscal add whimsy if not guidance--that's left to the 100 mouthwatering pho-tographs. And the breadth of recipes is simply staggering: from marinated hare stew and bonito marmitako to barbecued melon and crème caramel. Start stocking up on saffron now.
1080 Recipes deserves to be as dog-eared, oil-spattered and chocolate-smudged as all the other classics in your kitchen.