It’s been long since the last time I spoke about a cookbook (it was almost when I began writing in English), so I think that now it’s time to come with a new one.
Original title: 1080 Recetas de Cocina. English title: 1080 Recipes. Author: Simone Ortega Klein. Year: 1972. Genre: Cookbook. Original language: Spanish. Read in: Spanish. Publisher: Alianza Editorial. Pages: 734. Size: - ISBN: 978-84-206-9102-2.
Since its first appearance in bookstores, back there in 1972, 1080 Recetas de Cocina has been slowly getting some space in every home in Spain, until it finally nearly acquired the status of the Spanish Cookbook Bible. It has come to a point in which, almost every Spaniard who emancipates, carries a copy of this book with himself.
The book begins with a calendar that indicates when you can find the most common seasonal ingredients; to continue with a table with the usual amounts of food per person; then weekly menus depending on the date; and tips for cooking, serving the dishes and cleaning.
Then, we have the 1080 recipes that give its name to the book, being classified first depending on the kind of dish, and then on the source of its main ingredient, making it very easy to quickly find alternate recipes to the one you wanted to cook.
For each recipe, aside from the required ingredients and the cooking directions, a key is given to know which kind of wine goes best with each recipe, helping you to take care of every detail of the served meal.
The book is the typical high quality job you can find from any Spanish publisher, where even the mass market paperback books have a good quality, unlike books from the US and UK, which usually have poor quality. The book is very robust, the pages clear white and the printing, very nice.
Concluding the post, I have to say that this book is essential in every cooker’s bookshelf, because it’s easy enough to help a newbie in his first steps in the kitchen, as well as complete to meet the requirements of the most demanding chefs.
If you are interested, you can find an English translation of this book under the name 1080 Recipes (which, by the way, is its literal translation).