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Which Spanish Cookbook?

bernalgirl | Oct 31, 201111:25 AM

There's a hole in my cookbook collection where Spain should be, and I'm wondering if some of you might advise me on which book will have some staying power in my collection.

I'm an avid cook, I cook internationally, and I have a reasonably sized cookbook collection which I use regularly.

I have a small child and work a demanding job, so my cooking is more Smitten Kitchen than Diana Kennedy these days. I make my own kimchi, chutneys and granola bars, but I don't have a lot of time or inclination towards long-cooked multi-step dinner entrees.

But that will change at some point, so I'm looking for a cookbook that can help me cook Spanish food now as a weeknight option, and that will remain interesting as I move back to more complex recipes as time goes on.

I've perused a couple books and would appreciate your thoughts on which might be the right investment now.

Delicioso, Penelope Casas: This collection of regional recipes seems like the best bet, reports indicate that there are plenty of recipes that come together without too much preparation, and it seems to receive far fewer complaints of underspiced food than her older Foods and Wines of Spain.

The New Spanish Table, Anya Von Brenzen: This looks like a gorgeous book with excellent recipes but I'm worried about the Amazon comments indicating that most recipes require signficant time and prep. Is this your experience?

My Kitchen in Spain, Janet Mendel: I haven't seen this cookbook yet, but folks posting here seem to like Janet Mendel and of her books, this seems like it might be accessible now. However, I'm not sure this one will have the "lasting power" of some of the others.

The Food of Spain, Claudia Roden: I love Ms. Roden but this seems as though if might be too encyclopedic for my current stage in life. Judging by how much I use The Book of Jewish Food these days, I think this cookbook might occupy the same lonely space. But perhaps your experience is different?

So, your thioughts on these, or any others I should be looking at? Thanks for your input, I appreciate it!

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