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Spanish Recipes


Spanish cooking reflects the country's status as a Mediterranean country, however it also draws influences from other sources; chief among these is Spain's Jewish and Moorish heritage (much of Spain was occupied and ruled over by the Moors for hundreds of years). Additionally, beginning in the 16th century, Spain conquered a large overseas empire, especially in New World, and as a result, many foods that are not Spanish staples have origins in the Americas: tomatoes, potatoes, beans and peppers.

Spain produces nearly half of the world's supply of olives, and as a result, olive oil plays an important part in Spanish cuisine. Even so, in the North of Spain, lard and butter are used when cooking. Other typically Spanish ingredients include garlic and onions, both of which are used extensively.

Here are some popular Spanish dishes:
    Paella
  • Paella - Paella is a saffron-flavored rice dish that originally came from Valencia. As well as rice, the dish also includes olive oil, and is garnished with meat, seafood and vegetables.

  • Jamón serrano - Dry-cured ham.

  • Chorizo - This is spicy sausage made from fatty pork. Chorizo is made in two varieties: hot ("picante"), which is seasoned with chili and paprika, and sweet ("dulce"). Generally speaking, most chorizo can be eaten cold, although it is sometimes used as an ingredient in other cooked dishes, but be aware that there are also some types chorizo which require cooking before consumption.

  • Gazpacho - Gazpacho is a classic Spanish soup, served cold, and made from vegetables. Traditionally gazpacho soup was made using stale bread with garlic, olive oil, salt and vinegar, but nowadays other vegetables, particularly tomatoes and bell pepper, are often added.

  • Gazpacho manchego - this is a variant of Gazpacho that is more of a stew than a soup, and which is served warm. Gazpacho manchego also includes additional ingredients: meat (usually rabbit) and mushrooms.

  • Marmitako - This dish is a fish stew. As well as fish, it includes onions, potatoes, tomatoes and pimentos.

  • Fabada Asturiana - This is a stew made from beans, flavored with saffron and other seasonings. As well as beans, the dish also includes chorizo, black blood sausage ("morcilla") and pork.

  • Olla Podrida - Another stew dish. Olla Podrida is made using bacon, ham, meats, and poultry or game, as well as vegetables.

  • Pescaíto Frito - Fish, cooked in marinated batter.

    Pescaíto Frito

  • Calamares - Squid fried in batter.

  • Tortilla de patatas - A Spanish omelette: made using eggs, potatoes and onions.
As well as the dishes themselves, there is also a Spanish style for how food is consumed. One aspect of this is tapas, in which many small appetizers are served with dranks. Another is the serving of bread and wine with most meals.

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Recipes: The Cooking of Spain and Portugal

Time Life Books
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The Cooking of Spain and Portugal, plus accompanying Recipes: The Cooking of Spain and Portugal (Time-Life Foods of the World)

By Peter S. Feibleman

Time-Life Books
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Boxed Gift Set: Hardcover "The Cooking of Spain" plus accompanying spiral-bound 112 page Recipes Booklet. Both together in sturdy cardboard gift box Paella cover picture. "Each volume of Foods of the World is really two gifts in one. Accompanying each volume is a separate spiral-bound Recipe Booklet that contains all of the book's recipes plus more. It is designed to be a working companion piece in the kitchen." "Foods of the World has a particularly distinguished goup of authors and consultants among whom are James Beard, Julia Child, Craig Clairborne, Alec Waugh, Joseph Wechsberg. They flavor each page with their own special brands of wit, style and cooking expertise. Michael Field served as consulting editor for the entire series".

A Drizzle of Honey: The Life and Recipes of Spain's Secret Jews

By David M. Gitlitz

St. Martin's Press
Released: 2000-09-25
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When Iberian Jews were converted to Catholicism under duress during the Inquisition, many struggled to retain their Jewish identity in private while projecting Christian conformity in the public sphere. To root out these heretics, the courts of the Inquisition published checklists of koshering practices and "grilled" the servants, neighbors, and even the children of those suspected of practicing their religion at home.

From these testimonies and other primary sources, Gitlitz & Davidson have drawn a fascinating, award-winning picture of this precarious sense of Jewish identity and have re-created these recipes, which combine Christian & Islamic traditions in cooking lamb, beef, fish, eggplant, chickpeas, and greens and use seasonings such as saffron, mace, ginger, and cinnamon. The recipes, and the accompanying stories of the people who created them, promise to delight the adventurous palate and give insights into the foundations of modern Sephardic cuisine.

Savoring Spain & Portugal: Recipes and Reflections on Iberian Cooking (The Savoring Series)

By Joyce Esersky Goldstein

Oxmoor House
Hardcover (256 pages)

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Explore the foods of the Iberian table, from the paellas of Valencia to the salt cod fritters of Oporto to the tapers of Seville. Part cookbook, part travelogue, Savoring Spain & Portugal celebrates the regional character and respect for tradition that prevail in the kitchens of Spain & Portugal. Beautiful photos and illustrations contribute to this portrait of a region where good food enjoyed in a leisurely fashion is an everyday affair.

Delicioso! The Regional Cooking of Spain

By Penelope Casas

Knopf
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Bursting with the enticing and varied flavors of the seven culinary regions of Spain, this new cookbook by the most knowledgeable American expert on Spanish cuisine takes readers on a gastronomic journey filled with new discoveries. Over 400 recipes. of color photos.


 
 
 

 
 
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