1080 Recipes

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1080 RECIPES is the definitive book on traditional and authentic Spanish home cooking, trusted throughout Spain for over thirty years. Written by Spain's best-loved food authorities, it showcases the fastest growing cuisine in popularity, with Spanish restaurants and tapas bars opening in cities all over the world. A bestseller since publication, 1080 RECIPES has sold millions of copies in Spain. It contains 1080 recipes from all Spanish regions, covering everything from appetizers to stews, from vegetables to desserts. 1080 RECIPES is designed by Javier Mariscal, the famous Spanish graphic designer and illustrator, and it includes over 200 illustrations he has created exclusively for this edition along with 100 specially-commissioned photographs.
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Editorial Reviews

1080 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.
—Stephanie Cooperman

Publishers Weekly

Spain's bestselling cookbook for more than 30 years, this unpretentious and exhaustive collection is a welcome addition to the growing number of books on Spanish cuisine. With a prologue from Michelin-star Spanish chef Ferran Adrià, this mother-daughter team offers a wealth of recipes that reveal the diversity and breadth of Spain's long culinary tradition. Clear and precise instructions-many no more than a few sentences long and none more than a lengthy paragraph-allow for quick, low-fuss preparation. Chapters cover everything from fried dishes, stews and sauces to pulses (dried beans), fish and seafood, and game. Dishes range from the simple-Asparagus Éclairs and Chunky Gazpacho to the slightly more time-consuming Marinated Swiss Chard and Leg of Veal with Pineapple. A particularly robust chapter on vegetables makes this cookbook an excellent choice for those looking to eat more healthfully or seasonally. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Spanish cuisine, this hearty collection is sure to be a favorite of both the home and the serious cook. Mariscal's beautiful illustrations fill the book. (Oct.)

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Library Journal

Simone Ortega, who was born in France but emigrated to Barcelona before World War II, wrote the first edition of her ambitious cookbook more than 30 years ago, and it has been Spain's best-selling cookbook. Ines, her daughter, has helped revise and update the book, and it now appears in its first English version (Anglicized, not Americanized). Something like the Joy of Cookingfor the Spanish home cook, it includes recipes for both traditional regional fare and dishes inspired by a variety of other cuisines. There are no recipe headnotes, but there are sidebars on techniques and lots of information on ingredients. Whimsical color drawings adorn almost every page, and there are color photographs as well. An essential purchase.

—Judith Sutton
The Barnes & Noble Review
Spanish cuisine, once the neglected stepchild of European culinary exports, has come into its own in the United States, thanks to a recent resurgence in tapas bars and specialty restaurants devoted to its preparation. Now comes serious help for those who don't merely want to eat glorious dishes from Spain's many regions, but who want the secrets to preparing them. When Phaidon Press brought The Silver Spoon out in its first English edition, they brought to Americaan cooks their first look at the bible of the modern Italian kitchen. With this indispensible volume, they offer up a similarly overdue translation of 1080 Recipes -- Spain's Joy of Cooking, a bestseller in that country since its publication in 1972. This magnificent edition is at once a thorough guide to every aspect of Spanish cooking and a beautiful work of art. Nearly every page is embellished with full-color pastel drawings newly commissioned for this edition by Spanish artist and graphic designer Javier Mariscal. In his hands, eggplants and artichokes pop off the page, dogs nestle next to fully loaded tables of food, and red wine adds a deep burgundy splash to any meal. Then, there are the recipes, all 1080 of them. The Ortegas provide instructions on how to cure fresh olives at home, more than 50 pages of the tartlets, appetizers, and cold plate dishes that make up a good tapas selection, over a half dozen recipes for paella, and desserts like melon and fig aspic. Most ingredients should be easily obtained at any American grocery store (they provide suggestions on how to find more exotic ones) and the recipes are tailored for daily home cooking. This is the kind of cookbook that is so lovely you want to set it on a coffee table for perusing. But it's most definitely meant to be used. --Amy Benfer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714848365
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 11/13/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 960
  • Sales rank: 422,497
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 2.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Simone Ortega has been writing about cooking for over 50 years. Three generations of Spaniards have learned to cook with her books on gastronomy, which have sold millions of copies nationwide. She is considered one of the foremost authorities on traditional Spanish cooking. Inés Ortega has worked with her mother, Simone, for many years, and is an established and highly regarded food writer in her own right.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007


    This book is absolutely GREAT! I just received it today and I cannot stop looking at it! There are so many great recipes and the pictures are great! I definetely recommend this book to anyone who loves GREAT cookbooks! 5 stars!!!

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