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Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends [Hardcover]

Eva Longoria , Marah Stets
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April 5 2011
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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“Eva and I both come from tight-knit families where nothing is more important than gathering for meals and celebrations. Her new cookbook will help entice your family to the table for wonderful memories.”
—GIADA DE LAURENTIIS
 
“Eva’s recipes are simple, delicious, and enticing, and they form a perfect bridge between down-home Texas, Latin zing, and easy-to-make perfection. I’d be happy to eat the spicy stuff in Eva’s kitchen every day.”
—MARIO BATALI
 
"Eva Longoria’s new book Eva’s Kitchen will get us all back to where we belong—the family table. Not surprisingly, it’s done with a little bit of spice! I’ll add this book to my collection for the tortilla soup alone!"
--BOBBY FLAY

“A wonderful book of family recipes and beautiful photos, Eva’s Kitchen proves that you can never miss when you cook with such passion for the people you love.”
—MARCELA VALLADOLID
 
“Eva’s recipes are delightfully personal and refreshingly simple and easy to follow. Aside from the recipes, the book is a gorgeous family album that tells a story that both our families share. I am thrilled to share my palette with Eva, and have her share her palate with me!”
—DAISY MARTINEZ
 
“Cooking and enjoying delicious food is one of Eva’s great passions, and she really puts her heart and her heritage into every dish that she serves. I know you’ll be as inspired as you cook your way through her book as I've been collaborating with her over the years at our restaurant, Beso!”
—TODD ENGLISH
 
“For me, so many of Eva’s recipes are like big hugs from great friends. They’re filled with the flavor of good times with loved ones, and of Eva’s and my shared love of the Southwest—where we were both raised.  Add to those heart-warming recipes a beautiful array of simple-to-do, up-to-the-minute dishes and you’ve got a cookbook to turn to time and again. Eva can cook for me any day!”
—RICK BAYLESS

About the Author

Eva Longoria is best known for her award-winning role as Gabrielle Solis on ABC’s mega-hit Desperate Housewives. Her extensive charity work earned her the Hollywood Reporter’s Philanthropist of the Year award in 2009. Eva is the owner, with Todd English, of Beso, an eatery in Hollywood and Las Vegas that features upscale contemporary steakhouse cuisine with a Latin flair. She is a graduate of Texas A&M–Kingsville and lives in California and Texas.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cookbook with some good recipes 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By rebma03
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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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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