Spanish recipes

Casa Cacao Churros

Casa Cacao Churros

Casa Cacao Churros, Photography by Joan Pujol-Creus

El Celler de Can Roca is the restaurant in Girona, Spain opened in 1986 by the Roca brothers: Joan, Josep and Jordi. It holds three Michelin stars and in 2013, 2015, 2018 it was named the best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine.

Casa CacaoRoca is currently one of the world’s most advanced chocolatiers and was proclaimed the best pastry chef in the world in the 2014, 50 Best Awards.

This book shows Jordi’s search for the origins of cocoa and his journey to discover how to master chocolate for the creation of new, totally revolutionary desserts.

He travels through cocoa fields in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador to meet producers both in the interior of the jungle and in the new areas that produce some of the most prestigious cocoa on the market. He learns about the nature of the so-called creole cacao, native to the Amazon rainforest, the characteristics of the crop and the way in which the cocoa cob ends up being transformed into the fermented and dry bean from which we obtain our chocolate.

With this background, Jordi returns to his chocolate workshop in Girona and gives a new twist to his creative work, undertaking unique creations with the cocoas that he has collected over the course of his travels through the different countries of Latin America. (more…)

Seafood and chorizo paella

Seafood and Chorizo Paella By David Robertson, Gather: A Dirty Apron Cookbook, Photography by Kevin Clark

Seafood and Chorizo Paella by David Robertson, Gather: A Dirty Apron Cookbook, Photography by Kevin Clark

The Dirty Apron Cooking School has taught thousands of Canadians to cook. In this anticipated follow-up to his bestselling Dirty Apron Cookbook, David Robertson’s latest book celebrates the simple pleasures of cooking food for friends and family.

Gather features an enticing collection of 80 delicious recipes designed to be shared, whether on platters or heaped high in big bowls, and served with care, generosity and a lot of love. From crème brûlée French toast, to a salmon, spinach and fennel Wellington, to beef tenderloin with salsa verde and honey-roasted vegetables, these crowd-pleasing recipes are super approachable and bursting with flavour.

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José Andrés’ Gazpacho

José Andrés’ Gazpacho from The Recipe by Josh Emett, copyright © Kieran E. Scott.

Josh Emett, holder of three Michelin stars and best known for opening Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at the London Hotel in New York, has collected the most important classic recipes from the world’s most acclaimed chefs to create a kind of Larousse Gastronomique of the 21st century.

The Recipe offers over three hundred time-honoured and modern classic recipes from one hundred and fifty of the world’s finest chefs and cooks—Elena and Juan Mari Arzak, David Chang, Al Brown, Jacques Pépin, Guy Savoy, Gordon Ramsay, Ruth Rogers, Rick Stein, Nancy Silverton, Daniel Humm, Marco Pierre White, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael Caines, Skye Gyngell, Angela Hartnett, Jason Atherton, Bo Songvisava and Dylan Jones, Ben Shewry, Alla Wolf-Tasker,Anne-Sophie Pic, Peter Gordon, Peter Gilmore, Colin Fassnidge, and many more—all painstakingly recreated by Emett and beautifully photographed by award-winning photographer, Kieran E. Scott. (more…)

Cookbook Review: Dalmatia

Dalmatia is a celebration of the food of Croatia’s Mediterranean Coast, a region with a long, rich history, but one that is only slowly coming to prominence as tourists continue to discover its rugged beauty, blue waters and rustic, simple cuisine.

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Cookbook Review: Spanish Made Simple

Spanish food has never been more popular or more influential, from the city of San Sebastian in northern Spain which counts a massive 16 Michelin stars to the markets of Madrid and ubiquitous tapas bars. It’s also incredibly easy to make at home.

In Spanish Made Simple, Omar Allibhoy, the man behind the Tapas Revolution chain of restaurants in the UK, guides you through the basics of 100 key Spanish dishes. All of the ingredients are available from grocery stores and you don’t need to be an expert cook.

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Cookbook Review: Basque: Spanish recipes from San Sebastian & Beyond

Cover art by Jenny Bowers

Spanish natives are fiercely proud of their heritage, language, and their food and drink. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Basque country, an area in the north of Spain, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and France.

A major city within the region is San Sebastián, known for its rich mix of traditions which are deep-rooted in food and cooking. From its obsession with the perfect ‘pintxos’ (small tapas snacks), to holding the most Michelin stars per head than anywhere else in the world, there’s plenty here for food-lovers. (more…)