Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends Hardcover – Apr 5 2011
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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.”
"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!"
“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.”
“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!”
“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!”
“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!”
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
My favorite is the "Fideo con Pollo" ..
Buy this book...learn the recipes..you will never good out for Mexican Food again !!
Viva Eva !!
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