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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (April 5 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307719331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307719331
  • ASIN: 0307719332
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 19.9 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 898 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rebma03 on June 6 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love Eva Longoria. I was so excited to buy this book and cook dishes that she cooks in her own kitchen. I love the little stories that she provides throughout the book before each recipe, and she adds little helpful hints that were passed down to her from her beloved Aunt Elsa. The thing that I like most is that the recipes that I have tried are not too complicated for a novice like me :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Suzie Ridler on June 24 2011
Format: Hardcover
One thing I loved about the book is hearing Eva's voice in the introductory paragraphs of each recipe, listening to her stories and finding out why she loves each particular dish. Her personality is evident throughout the book and her dedication to good food is very prevalent. You do not come across glossy hard cover cookbooks anymore which is reflected in the price but if you are looking for a beautiful cookbook filled with stunning photographs and do not mind paying a little extra, perhaps this is the cookbook for you?

I did enjoy her carrot ginger soup but it did not break down very well and was not as creamy as the one in the photograph but the flavours were excellent. I adored her avocado stuffed with shrimp which was a very easy and refreshing recipe that I will make again this summer. Her Veracruz corn drizzled with homemade chipotle aioli was different, not something I had ever had before and this aioli was absolutely delicious. I used it all up and it was particularly fabulous on sandwiches. Her Pan de Polvo ended up looking nothing like it did in the cookbook and remains a bit of a baking mystery. Not something I personally would make again.

My favourite dish was her chicken with caramelized shallots and shiitake-wine sauce dinner. Absolutely delicious but mine came out this dark red bloody mess of a dish that my camera could not make heads or tails with and looked nothing like how it appears in the cookbook.

I wish my results had not been so varied, it would make rating this cookbook so much easier. I did enjoy many of the dishes and am grateful to Eva for showing me how to make a red wine reduction, something I have been wanting to learn.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The must have cookbook April 10 2011
By Minerva Gauthier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a Mexican I found Eva's recipes to be a great selection of Mexican dishes, easy to make and as she says, to enjoy with family and friends. We have bought a book for each one of our children, so that when they spend a day with friends they can impress them with these delicious Mexican recipes.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The only one recipe I've tried was a hit! Beef Tacos...Yum Yum! April 12 2011
By WJahns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was watching Martha Stewart's show the other day, and Eva was a guest that day. She shared one of her recipes that they do in her Hollywood Restaurant "Beef Tacos". She only used two ingredients. YES, TWO ingredients. Chili Powder and Sea Salt. She rubbed these two ingredients on the beef (skirt steak). Then, they put that in the indoor grill brushed with vegetable oil to prevent the meat to stick to the grill.... and WALLA! Delicious :) then, she put her guacamole recipe. WOW! Eva didn't seem so confident like an experience chef in the kitchen, BUT I'm sure she put a lot of effort to make sure she had an excellent collection of recipes in her book. Honestly, I think she knows how to cook! Now, definitely I'm going to buy her book. Normally I don't write reviews, but I think she deserves this!
33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Viva Eva !! April 7 2011
By Michael R. Delfin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Oh my...this cookbook is great. Being Hispanic, growing up in Texas, these recipes remind me of my childhood. As Eva describes each recipe with love they are amazing.
My favorite is the "Fideo con Pollo" ..
Buy this book...learn the recipes..you will never good out for Mexican Food again !!
Viva Eva !!
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Flavorful and easy recipes; a lot of variety! April 18 2011
By CMC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I scoffed at first when I heard of this book. I liked Desperate Housewives a few years ago, and think Eva's gorgeous, but a COOKBOOK?!?!?! Then I heard her talk about cooking on a talkshow to promote her book and her voice changed when she was talking about cooking. Eva talked about the ingredients and flavors and you could tell she knew what she was talking about. I have a WHOLE CUPBOARD full of cookbooks - Chez Panisse, Ming, Julie Sahni, Mexican, BBQ, Desserts...etc. I have only made a couple out of each; they have so many steps and I often don't have the time or energy...I work 4 long days a week.

But I have had the book only 1 week and have made and loved 5 recipes and more importantly, so does my family! I made the tilapia with citrus garlic sauce and the butter lettuce with strawberries and goat cheese, both in 1 hour combined including prep. The recipes are simple, yet the flavor is more complex than one would expect. I made the chicken with caramelized shallots and shiitake wine sauce and garlic green beans 2 days ago and also...1 hour from start to finish including prep for both dishes. My girls and husband loved it. I added garlic bread from the grocery, heated from frozen. I made the red velvet cake and it was GREAT! Love that the frosting is plenty enough for a crumb frosting layer (which I hadn't known about) and plenty more for the cake.

Most of the recipes are 3-4 steps and there are a few that are more labor intensive like the tortilla soup. My friend made that and she said it was good. The enchiladas because of the assembly take longer. But most I would say are 1 page or less of directions! She adds her personal touches to the recipes, my favorite of which are "Aunt Elsa's tips", from her Aunt Elsa, her inspiration.

There is a good variety of recipes, not just Mexican, but American or Tex-Mex. And the recipes are really healthy too.

Can't wait to try more. I think from now on, I'm going to avoid the famous chefs' cookbooks and look for regular cooks with regular recipes that are good, like this. But I will try Barefoot Contessa which people have been telling me about.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Eva's Kitchen : Cooking with love for family and friends April 14 2011
By Lisa Garland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I couldn't wait to get this cookbook, and I was not disappointed! The first recipe I made was , The "Hungarian Paprika Chicken". It was delicious! This will be one that I make often.(I might try cream cheese instead of sour cream next time, just to try a different version)
I love the stories that Eva tells in this book too, I have to say, that this is the first time I have read a "cookbook" cover to cover in one sitting! I'm glad I decided against the Kindle version, it just wouldn't have been the same. 10 stars -this is a must have!!!Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends

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