The Basque Table: Passionate Home Cooking from One of Europe's Great Regional Cuisinesby Teresa Barrenechea, Mary Goodbody
In the Spanish Basque country, food and eating are the center of everyday life and the focus of endless conversation. The Basque Table reveals the secrets of Basque cooking, with 130 wonderful recipes that add up to an inspiring invitation to discover this untapped gem among European cuisines. Includes 60 illustrations.
Like its language, the cuisine of the Basque region is also quite distinct from that of its neighbors, although the traditional cooking draws on impeccably fresh ingredients common to its coastline along the Bay of Biscay and the bordering Pyrenees mountains. Known throughout Europe for their intense dedication to food, Basque natives consider the rituals of cooking and eating to be at the center of everyday life. Many meals start with pinchos, the Basque version of tapas. Barrenechea includes recipes for traditional pinchos like slices of hard-cooked egg topped with shrimp and homemade mayonnaise; toothpick skewers of pitted green olives, anchovy fillets, and hot pickled peppers; and mushrooms stuffed with chopped parsley and garlic and cooked with vinegar, paprika, and salt. Main courses are simple and highly flavored, like a hearty white-bean stew made with bell peppers and leeks, pork loin cooked in milk, or tuna steaks served with caramelized onions. Collected in a chapter called "Basque Basics" are unusual gems like Breakfast Sponge Cake, Cornmeal Skillet Cakes, Piquillo Pepper Salsa, and a potato puree enriched with lashings of olive oil and heavy cream. Desserts like Creamy Walnut Puree, Almond Tart, and Grandmother's Creamy Rice are by turns elegant and comforting. The Basque Table is an engaging introduction to one of the great undiscovered regional cuisines of Europe, and Teresa Barrenechea is a knowledgeable and passionate guide. Curious cooks will have a great time exploring with her.
Kate Murphy Zeman, barnesandnoble.com
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