The most famous dish of the hottest cuisine in town right now, paella is as flavorful as it is festive. Longtime Barcelona resident and Spanish food expert Jeff Koehler fills us in on this cherished rice dish, from its origins to just what it takes to make the perfect one (even without an authentic paella pan). Thirty recipes range from the original paella valenciana, studded with chicken and rabbit, to his mother-in-law’s Saturday shellfish special, to sumptuous vegetarian variations, to surprising soups and sweet takes. Stunning scenic photographs, shots of the finished dishes, plus a source list of unusual ingredients and special equipment round out this gorgeous homage to one of Spain’s national culinary treasures.
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Rice is a wonderfully versatile ingredient, and Spanish cooks transform it into an array of dishes from simple comfort food to grand feasts to be shared on special occasions. This book brings together delicious rice dishes from all over Spain, from regional classics that are now known around the world to unusual local specialities. There is something for every taste and every occasion, with recipes containing meat, poultry, fish and shellfish, as well as some tempting vegetarian options to choose from. Learn how to make a show-stopping Paella Valenciana (Valencian paella) or a Paella de marisco y chorizo (Seafood paella with chorizo), and how to make the most of tasty ingredients like garlic and saffron in your cooking. As well as traditional regional paellas, there are also other styles of rice dishes to try, such as Arroz caldoso con langosta (Creamy rice with lobster), Arroz caldoso con almejas (Clam soup) or Arroz al horno con garbanzos y pasas (Baked rice with chickpeas and raisins). Whatever the season or occasion, there is a recipe here for every lover of authentic Spanish cuisine.
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