The Basque Book: A Love Letter in Recipes from the Kitchen of Txikito

The Basque Book A Love Letter in Recipes from the Kitchen of Txikito A collection of Basque recipes from Alex Raij and Eder Montero the acclaimed chef owners of New York City restaurants Txikito La Vara and El Quinto Pino Few cuisines have captured diners imagin

  • Title: The Basque Book: A Love Letter in Recipes from the Kitchen of Txikito
  • Author: Alexandra Raij Eder Montero Rebecca Flint Marx
  • ISBN: 9781607747628
  • Page: 290
  • Format: ebook
  • A collection of 100 Basque recipes from Alex Raij and Eder Montero, the acclaimed chef owners of New York City restaurants Txikito, La Vara, and El Quinto Pino Few cuisines have captured diners imaginations, or inspired chefs and restaurants around the world than that of Spain And within the Spanish culinary pantheon, Basque cooking from the north is considereA collection of 100 Basque recipes from Alex Raij and Eder Montero, the acclaimed chef owners of New York City restaurants Txikito, La Vara, and El Quinto Pino Few cuisines have captured diners imaginations, or inspired chefs and restaurants around the world than that of Spain And within the Spanish culinary pantheon, Basque cooking from the north is considered one of the country s most fascinating and essential traditions In Basque, star chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero take readers on a tour of the Basque countryside, in the process revealing the iconic ingredients, cooking techniques, and traditional dishes that define Basque cooking They also share dishes from their award winning New York restaurants, all inspired by the Basque kitchen but featuring elegant preparations and delightfully unexpected flavor combinations The result is a complete primer on Basque cooking, with a wide array of recipes, ranging from a simple pil pil or refrito to showstopping pintxos and mains.

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    1. Cooking is a perfect vocation for people who like to find and make connections' says the author of this exquisite Basque Book, and based on my experience, I particularly agree with. Food brought a lot of new friends and happy connections into my life, and helped me to start a journey of tastes and colours that I hardly imagined less than ten years ago. The Basque Book is first and foremost about a cuisine whose history and menu we easily ignore. After starting to read the book I tried to think a [...]

    2. The Basque Book by Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero is far more than a cookbook. It’s a primer on a new approach to cookery, an exploration of Basque cuisine and culture and a love story. There is more personal narrative and explanatory text than the average cookbook. The latter is important because Basque cuisine does have a few significant differences that set it apart.For example, I have never considered brining onions in cold salt water prior to cooking in order to season them more effectiv [...]

    3. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.I don't know too much about Basque culture, so I was pretty excited to receive this book. It is a really beautiful book too. The hardcover binding is fantastic and feel like it will hold up really well to use. A lot of the paperback cookbooks I  have get beaten up after even a few uses due to the binding, so I appreciate the hardcover format quite a bit.The pictures are terrific. There is a nice [...]

    4. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book. Firstly, I was surprised by the size, it was much bigger than I had anticipated. Based on recipes from the authors' New York restaurant Txikito, it's beautifully done both inside and out. With lovely photos which showcase most of the dishes mentioned.I especially appreciated the introduction which explained to me the nature of Basque cooking and how the authors have been inspired by this cuisine. One of the best things mentioned is that Basque c [...]

    5. This large cookbook captures the unique beauty of the Basque region. I think this is the first cookbook I've ever seen focusing on this area between France and Spain. The cooking is unique and anyone will be delighted to learn of it from the expert chefs themselves- Alexandra Raiij and Eder Montero! Interestingly, this book combines the timeless tradition of the Basque area with award-winning recipes from the authors' New York-based restaurant! This combination is sure to amaze and please every [...]

    6. The first thing I noticed about this book was how incredibly thick and dense it was. There's something I love about dense book -- it's so full of information, and The Basque Book was no let down. Filled from cover-to-cover with beautiful photography and commentary, it was almost overwhelming. I live in Boise, which has a robust Basque community (hence requesting this book for review). What I did not realize, however, is how unique their food and culture is. So many of the dishes in this book loo [...]

    7. I have heard of the Basque region, but knew very little about their cuisine until I got this book. It's a fascinating read, and delicious to eat from! There is a wide range of recipes here, from the simple but sublime, to the more complicated and delectable. Summer Tomatoes with Sweet Onion is a great example of the simple, yet sublime. Perfect, vine-ripened tomatoes paired with sweet onion and not much else is just summer dancing on your palate. Classic Spanish Tortilla is a slightly more compl [...]

    8. 4.5 stars.I received a free copy of this title via a Giveaway. Many thanks to the author and publisher for their generosity!Fascinating look at the world of Basque cuisine. There is something for everyone - from the pro home chefs who aren't challenged by recipes with dozens and dozens of ingredients to the more amateur home chef who prefer recipes with only a handful of ingredients.The only reason I knocked off half a star is that when it comes to cookbooks, I need a picture every recipe. Afte [...]

    9. This cookbook has beautiful photographs and the narrative is a nice introduction to the foods Basque cuisine. If you are familiar with Basque cooking, you are probably familiar with many of the unique ingredients and recipes. However, for a novice cook, this book if probably too advanced. Many obscure ingredients and recipes that probably wouldn't be found in the average cooks kitchen. Nonetheless, it is a lovely cookbook and a nice addition to kitchen of anyone who either collects cookbooks or [...]

    10. What a very interesting book about Basque cooking, its wonderful region, food and style of cooking. The book does not only have recipes but each is accompanied by a little paragraph of information to go with it. The recipes are easy to make and very tasty. This is not in your face Spanish food, but food that is more subtle and simpler but by no means inferior. It relies on seasonal and fresh, well produced ingredient cooked with care. A wonderful book, fabulous photos and very informative about [...]

    11. The Basque Book by Alexandra Raij with Eder Montero is so much more than just simply a cookbook. Along with the many different recipes there are excellent informational introductions for each recipe as well as for each section. I can't wait to try out the recipes. If you're an adventurous cook or just looking for something different, this book will have some recipes for you.I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    12. This is a Basque-fusion cookbook based on the author's Txikito restaurant. The recipes aren't too complicated for the most part but some of the recipes might produce a bit much for home use and would be hard to scale back. They are weighted towards the carnivore end of the eating spectrum. The few tapas recipes are interesting, but I have a fairly good tapas book already.It does make me want to eat Basque food again and look for a more home-style Basque cookbook.

    13. 3.5 StarsAn in-depth introduction to Basque eating, drinking, and cooking with beautiful pictures and eclectic but authentic recipes. It's interesting and well-organized, but for more advanced cooks. There's quite a few seafood recipes, so some ingredients may be harder to come by for landlubbers. There's a nice section on wine that I loved. For more experienced chefs and anyone interested in Basque culture.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

    14. I was given an e-copy from NetGalley for an honest review This was such an intriguing book. I loved the personal touch by the author. You can tell that the recipes were well tested and loved. I have made some of the recipes to test how easy they were to create and if they were as tasty as they sounded. I was very happy with the results. There is lots of love in the pages of this book. I reviewed an e-copy and cannot wait to be able to purchase the actual book.

    15. 100 beautifully photographed Basque region recipes heavy on seafood and items that you are recommended to import from Spain. Both of those options aren't really feasible for me where I am and at the financial level I am at. I did enjoy looking though.

    16. A beautiful blend of culture & delicious recipes. Beautiful pictures with interesting stories. A total joy.

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