Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends

Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends

by Eva Longoria, Marah Stets
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Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends by Eva Longoria, Marah Stets

Eva Longoria may be most recognized for her role as Desperate Housewives’ saucy Gabrielle Solis, but on her own time, there are few places she would rather be than in the kitchen, cooking the food she loves for her family and friends.

The recipes in Eva’s Kitchen trace her life story, taking readers on her culinary journey—from the food she was brought up on to the recipes inspired by her travels abroad to the dishes she serves during casual nights at home. Eva believes that good cooking relies on local, fresh, easy-to-find ingredients. Offering 100 of her favorite dishes—many of which are family recipes collected over the years—all fused with her passion for cooking, Eva teaches readers essential cooking skills and she sprinkles in the histories and traditions behind her favorite dishes, including personal stories and anecdotes that capture the warmth, humor, and joy of her most memorable meals.

Inspired by her heritage, Eva highlights the essentials of great Mexican cooking, Texas style—with her family’s recipes and techniques for making the world’s best tamales, homemade tortillas, Spanish rice, and Pan de Polvo (Mexican pastry), to name a few. She also offers dishes from a variety of international cuisines, from Latin American to Italian and French, inspired by her globe-trotting travels. A taste of Lemon Dover Sole whisks Eva to a tiny hotel-restaurant she once visited on a trip to Normandy; the recipe for Cannellini Beans with Crushed Red Pepper was a souvenir from a trip to Florence; kimchi adds a kick to her Spicy Roasted Brussels Sprouts, a Thanksgiving staple; and Yellow Squash Soup with Lemon brings her full circle, back to her family’s vegetable garden in Corpus Christi.

With full-color food photographs, intimate portraits of her family and friends, and a glimpse into Eva’s home and her lesser-known domestic side (family first, acting second, she says), Eva’s debut cookbook will entice her loyal fans and inspire home cooks to broaden their culinary horizons and create memorable meals for the people they love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307719331
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 685,174
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Eva Longoria is best known for her award-winning role as Gabrielle Solis on ABC’s mega-hit Desperate Housewives. Her extensive charity work earned her the Hollywood Reporter’s Philanthropist of the Year award in 2009. Eva is the owner, with Todd English, of Beso, an eatery in Hollywood and Las Vegas that features upscale contemporary steakhouse cuisine with a Latin flair. She is a graduate of Texas A&M–Kingsville and lives in California and Texas.

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Eva's Kitchen 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
girl-is-an-echo More than 1 year ago
I picked this up right away when it came out after hearing celebrity gossip over and over about how Eva Longoria could COOK. The cookbook is gorgeous, all of the food looks excellent, and everything I've tried is very very good! My friends and family have been equally excited about the book as well. It's a nice blend of Tex Mex dishes with a few of some old American classics. Eva often explains why she chose each recipe and who taught her how to cook it which make it interesting. There's a lot of recipes. Main dishes, appetizers, desserts, sauce recipes, drinks, snacks, and more. I'm vegetarian and there's a lot of things I can eat and also things I can easily substitute ingredients so that I can still eat it. Plus, there's plenty of recipes for all the meat lovers. =] Don't be misled by the rating on here (two stars? come on!) - it must be Nook owners rating the ebook (or possibly even just rating the sample - the full nookbook isn't so bad, in my opinion) - but the physical book is a fantastic value - the best way to go. Highly recommended.
Holly85 More than 1 year ago
I just recieved this cookbook after having pre-ordered it. I LOVE it. I have a huge collection of cookbooks and this one is definately at the top of my list. I cant wait to try some of them out, especially the tortilla soup! If you love to cook as much as I do, you MUST get this book!
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK, THIS IS MY FIRST COOKBOOK AND I LOVE IT. I HAVE MADE 12 OF THESE DISHES SO FAR, NOT DISAPPOINTED IN ANY OF THEM. NOT ALL THE DISHES ARE MEXICAN SO I USE THIS BOOK AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK FOR VARIETY. I'VE GIVEN THIS BOOK AS A GIFT TO MY 2 NIECES, GODDAUGHTER AND BEST FRIEND. I ALSO GAVE THE SPANISH VERSION TO MY MOM'S CAREGIVER WHO IS MEXICAN AND A GREAT TRADITIONAL MEXICAN COOK, SHE TELLS ME SHE LOVES IT AND STAYED UP LATE AT NIGHT READING THE STORIES AND REVIEWING THE "IDEAS & HINTS" SHE TOO FOUND IT VERY HELPFUL, WE CAN ALWAYS LEARN SOMETHING, JUST NEED AN OPEN MIND.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never written a review before for anything. I love to cook (and am good at it) so I was so excited about this cookbook. I stayed up late reading the recipes cover to cover thinking yummy! I've cooked 3 recipes this weekend and was disappointed in all three: lemon orzo soup, corn and zucchini salad and the tortilla soup. I had to find a hole in the wall grocery to get the pasilla peppers but hunted for them to make the soup exactly as the recipe instructed. The tortilla soup was greasy and bland. I wonder if it would be a lot better with double the peppers, garlic, onion, tomatoes. I still plan on trying a few more recipes but I am bummed that so far I wouldn't remake one of the recipes I've made so far. Some of the ratings are misleading because I've read reviews that gave 5 stars but the person hadn't cooked anything yet. Who cares if a cookbook is pretty if the recipes aren't any good.
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Just made the ropa vieja it was delish...followed the reciepe just added a little more seasoning to the meat family loved it
Debra Shaw More than 1 year ago
I have tried them and all i can say is wow. Great meals and wonderful banana bread.
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