A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

literature
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

TAPAS MADE EASY (article first published : 2005-01-5)

At this time of year, when most people enjoy entertaining friends - but with little effort - Tapas Made Easy by Tomas Garcia offers a welcome change from the more mundane fare.

Tapas Made Easy recreates the rich flavour of Spain’s culinary tradition of great “small” food for sharing, with a glass of wine. The word “tapas” comes from “tapas” meaning “to cover”. Originally Spanish bars served a drink with the glass covered with slices of bread or cheese but these have now developed into more substantial snacks.

The recipes range from the classic tortilla española and the famous patatas bravas to the spicy albondigas (meatballs) and shows how to reproduce them with minimum fuss.

The recipes are divided according to how they would be served in a Spanish bar.

There is a comprehensive chapter on ingredients one should have in the store cupboard in order to whip up tapas at short notice such as olives and their oils, pimentos, spices, garlic and canned fish. Eggs, garlic, lemon and pancetta are flavours redolent of sunny Spain.

Most of the recipes are very quick to produce and I particularly like the way the layout artist shows some of the ingredients pictured next to the description of the dish.

Tamas Garcia writes about food, sport and music. Living in London, he regularly returns to Spain where he dedicates himself to the serious and practical aspects of researching Spanish food and its customs.

Tapas Made Easy is a beautifully photographed and designed easy-to-handle book with clear clean lines. For South Africans, there is a list of suppliers of ingredients at the back of the book. Published by Struik, it retails at R105.95. SBN 1 84330 690 5 – Cherry MacIldowie




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart