The following is a review of rick Stein´s Spain, a book of Spanish Food Recipes inspired by the TV series.
I live and work Mallorca, and its good to find a book that covers ingredients that are common here. Surrounded as we are here by the sea, its not surprising that the local supermarket here has a fresh fish stall, with an amazing selection of fish and seafood every day.
We are blessed with our choice of everything from, squid, octopus, mussels, clams, crab and lobster in particular, and paella is a popular dish. A variation on this is the fideua, which uses tiny noodles instead of rice. Rick has a wonderful recipe in his book for this. Now its quite fiddly to do the fish, you need to be able to clean the baby squid, which takes a while and the stock takes a couple of hours, but its well worth the effort. This is now one of my family´s favorite dishes.
Rick Stein´s Spain
After watching Rick Stein´s Spain on TV. I decided to buy his book Rick Stein’s Spain: 140 New Recipes Inspired by My Journey Off the Beaten Track.
What I like about Rick Stein´s Spain is that its are so easy to follow, like all of his books, I also have the kindle edition of his book Rick Stein’s French Odyssey on my ipad.
Like most of Ricks books there is a heavy emphasis on fish, and what most of us think of as traditional Spanish dishes, like paella, gazpacho and salt cod, but there are robust stews in there as well that would be great on a wintery day in Blackburn too, such as Pot Roasted Chicken with Chorizo, Leeks and Cider. Lots of choice if you want to impress at a dinner party, there are even some unusual desserts like crunchy custard cream fritters, and the dessert you find everywhere here is restaurants and supermarkets alike, Caramel Baked Custard.
Rick Stein´s Spain, could be a very useful all round book for you, if you live in Spain, love spanish food, or are just looking for something a little different.