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The Spanish Main

GIVING YOUR HOLIDAY FEAST A SPANISH ACCENT

This year you really ought to shake up your holiday traditions and hoist yourself out ofthat ham or turkey rut, especially if you already roasted a turkey at Thanksgiving. There's a smashing new cookbook that could actually change the way you cook year round. Over the last decade, Spanish cuisine has gradually become the new French. With its straightforward techniques and steadfast reliance on fresh and superior ingredients, true Spanish cooking is nothing short of revelatory. Phaidon Press has just shepherded through a splendid translation of the massive 1972 classic Spanish cookbook, 1080 Recipes by Simone and Inés Ortega ($39.95). The book sold over 2 million copies in Spain, where it is widely considered the most authoritative Spanish cookbook of them all.

With this book, and with a little culinary juggling, you could do what I did last year and have a holiday tapas party, or take an easier route and go for a more formal beef tenderloin recipe that can be ready in minutes. …

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