Cooking with Love for Family and Friends
On Sale: April 5, 2011
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Eva Longoria may be most recognized for her role as
Desperate Housewives’ saucy Gabrielle Solis, but on her own
time, there are few places she would rather be than in the
kitchen, cooking the food she loves for her family and
friends. Here is the food Eva loves to eat, and the recipes
in Eva’s Kitchen trace her life story, taking readers on her
culinary journey—from the food she was brought up on to the
recipes inspired by her travels abroad to the dishes she
serves during casual nights at home.
Having grown up on a ranch with every meal based on what was
in the family fields, Eva believes, like so many of us, that
good cooking relies on local, fresh, easy-to-find
ingredients. In Eva’s Kitchen, she teaches readers essential
cooking skills and she sprinkles in the histories and
traditions behind her favorite dishes, including personal
stories and anecdotes that capture the warmth, humor, and
joy of her most memorable meals.
In her first cookbook, Eva welcomes you into her kitchen,
offering 100 of her favorite dishes—many of which are family
recipes collected over the years—all fused with her passion
for cooking. She also shares memories of her Texas ranch
upbringing, her very first cooking adventures, vacations
overseas, nights in with her girlfriends, and last-minute
pre–red carpet meals.
Inspired by her heritage, Eva highlights the essentials of
great Mexican cooking, Texas style—with her family’s recipes
and techniques for making the world’s best tamales, homemade
tortillas, Spanish rice, and Pan de Polvo (Mexican pastry),
to name a few. She also offers dishes from a variety of
international cuisines, from Latin American to Italian and
French, inspired by her globe-trotting travels. A taste of
Lemon Dover Sole whisks Eva to a tiny hotel-restaurant she
once visited on a trip to Normandy; the recipe for
Cannellini Beans with Crushed Red Pepper was a souvenir from
a trip to Florence; kimchi adds a kick to her Spicy Roasted
Brussels Sprouts, a Thanksgiving staple; and Yellow Squash
Soup with Lemon brings her full circle, back to her family’s
vegetable garden in Corpus Christi.
With full-color food photographs, intimate portraits of her
family and friends, and a glimpse into Eva’s home and her
lesser-known domestic side (family first, acting second, she
says), Eva’s debut cookbook will entice her loyal fans and
inspire home cooks to broaden their culinary horizons and
create memorable meals for the people they love.
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