“The Basque Book” by, Alexandra Raij with Eder Montero and Rebecca Flint Marx

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I am fascinated with Basque culture and food so naturally my interest piqued when I heard about the new release of “The Basque Book”.  I found the book to be a great resource, especially for someone who has time to play with and nuance ingredients as most of the recipes are involved with some unique -to Basque cuisine- ingredients. This book is definitely geared toward someone who has experience with cooking versus a beginner. There are a few recipes which caught my attention such as the Chicken Croquettes and Ham Croquettes, Sunday Afternoon Battered and Fried Squid, Classic Spanish Tortilla,  Paprika-Marinated Pork Loin Roast, Grilled Baby Lamb Chops, Basque-Style Yeast Buns, and Basque Cake. I was also really excited to find a Basque red beans recipe, but the one in the book calls for so many ingredients (17 ingredients in total) which include 5 different cuts of meat, and some ingredients a bit hard to find like blood sausage.  I wished there was a Basque red bean recipe that was just a bit more simple.  Nevertheless, the author does a great job of explaining Basque culture and style of eating.  I missed seeing more photographs depicting what the finished dishes should look like.  I received this book from “Blogging for Books” in exchange for an honest review.

More info about the book :   http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/243474/the-basque-book-by-alexandra-raij-with-eder-montero-and-rebecca-flint-marx/

Author Bio:  http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/224335/alexandra-raij/

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