Argentina Cooks! Shirley Lomax Brooks

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Argentine cuisine is one of the worlds best-kept culinary secrets. The countrys expansive landscape includes tropical jungles, vast grasslands with sheep and cattle, alpine lakes, and glacier-studded mountains. As a result, a great variety of foods are available — game, lamb, an incredible assortment of fish and seafood, exotic fruits, and prime quality beef. This cookbook highlights recipes from Argentinas nine regions, including signature recipes from five-star chefs, the author, and other talented home chefs. Includes 190 recipes adapted for the North American kitchen; a helpful section on ingredients and techniques; A chapter on Argentine wines; An introduction and commentaries throughout that offer insights into Argentina’s landscape, history, traditions and culture.

Publisher: Hippocrene Books, April 2014

Reviewer: Stephanie Sleaford

If there’s one thing readers can expect from Shirley Lomax Brooks’ ‘Argentina Cooks!’ it’s the burning desire to visit Argentina themselves, and it’s not just the tantalising recipes that sell it, it’s her detailed account of a country she evidently loves interspersed between pages of what she describes as genuine Argentine cuisine. Admittedly, I may be a little biased, after all I’ve wanted to visit Argentina for as long as I can remember, but even so I’d defy anyone to work their way through this book without fighting off the temptation to book the next flight out to Buenos Aires.

Shirley Lomax Brooks pours in twenty years of love with Argentina into her book, ‘Argentina Cooks!’, and what you’re left with is a varied and detailed account of dishes from across this vast country. Dividing it into the regions she has visited, the book covers local delicacies as well as classic cultural cuisine. Focusing heavily on meat based recipes, this is most certainly a winner for those who enjoy tucking into a meat dish, and with both simple and complex meals included there is something for every cook.

What I found most impressive though was that this was not simply a ‘cook book’ that you occasionally flicked through to find a recipe to impress dinner party guests. With the level of detail and passion injected into the pages, this is a book you can sit down with and enjoy reading. It’s informative, it definitely entices you to visit, and best of all it offers clear and concise step by step instructions for creating that perfect Argentine supper at home.

 

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