Spanish recipes for everyday cooking: Simple recipes for a healthy mediterranean diet

Recetas de rechupete
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More than 100 easy recipes based on Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine for a healthy and diverse diet. This book brings together the best dishes from, one of the most popular recipe blogs in Spanish.This title features: 107 easy recipes with step-by-step instructions; colour photos of every recipe; and lively personal anecdotes.


I could tell you that this is a wonderful book. I could also tell you that this book is full of marvelous recipes, illustrated with mouthwatering pictures which would make you dream of savoring these dishes one day. I could comment on how well explained all the tricks and techniques needed to cook these recipes are. I could do all this and I would not be lying.

But instead I rather talk about the author. A guy I liked from the minute I met him. He is full of good vibes, and has always helped me and other gastro bloggers in every way he could. Alfonso is one of those odd people who likes everyone, who does not fit the stereotype of a cautious Galician since he is bold and direct, and on top of everything he is no dummy. I also deeply admire him for creating one of the best blogs in Spain Recetas de Rechupete.

You might be thinking that you couldn’t care less about all this, and that the personal qualities of the author are not necessary when judging the recipes in a cookbook. This could be true about a conventional cookbook, but never about a blogger’s cookbook. The main value in any blog is that it is personal; no one else could have written it. And when it comes to culinary blogs, it is important that they reflect the origins, experiences, tastes, and the obsessions of the person that is driving it.

Both Recetas de Rechupete and the book are 100% Alfonso, they ooze earnestness and frankness, simplicity, closeness, but above all, the good food enthusiasm put into it by the author. I would love to have my own Alfonso preparing all these meals for me, enjoying his conversation. But since this is impossible, at least until the electronic author is invented, I will just have to resign myself to having the book in my computer and reverting to it every time I am in the mood for an everyday meal.

Mikel López Iturriaga · El Comidista
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Comer bien, con una dieta sana y equilibrada es más que asequible gracias a Alfonso López Alonso, responsable del blog y todo un cocinero que igual se atreve con los platos más tradicionales, como los potajes, las lentejas o los canelones, que nos enseña cómo disfrutar de otros más exóticos, como el hummus o la muhammara. Las recetas se explican paso a paso, con un estilo sencillo y muy asequible, y el autor aprovecha para introducir algunas técnicas que se pueden extrapolar a otras preparaciones; intercala curiosidades y anécdotas; explica los orígenes de algunos platos... siempre desde una perspectiva del producto de temporada y de proximidad.


Podría contarles que este libro es maravilloso. Podría decirles que tiene un montón de recetas fantásticas, ilustradas con fotos que te hacen salivar y soñar con que algún día esos platos llegaran a tu boca. Podría explicarles lo bien que están explicados los trucos y las técnicas necesarias para llevar a buen puerto esas delicias. Podría hacer todo eso y no mentiría.

Sin embargo, prefiero hablarles del señor que ha escrito este libro. Un tipo que me cayó bien desde el minuto uno, que transpira buen rollo y que siempre me ha ayudado en lo que ha podido, a mí y a otros gastroblogueros. Alfonso es una de esas raras personas que simpatiza con cualquiera, que escapa al tópico del gallego cauto porque dice las cosas claras, y que además no tiene un pelo de tonto. Además le admiro porque ha levantado uno de los blogs que más me gustan en España, rRecetas de Rechupete.

Pensarán ustedes que todo esto les importa un higo, y que las bondades personales del autor no vienen a cuento a la hora de valorar un recetario. Bien, esto podría ser cierto en un libro de cocina convencional, pero nunca en el de un bloguero. Lo realmente valioso de cualquier bitácora es que sea personal. Que no la haya podido escribir ninguna otra persona. Y en el caso de los blogs culinarios, que refleje los orígenes, las experiencias, los gustos y las manías ante los fogones de quien lo pilota.

En este sentido, tanto Recetas de Rechupete como este libro son 100% Alfonso, y rezuman la franqueza, sencillez, cercanía y, sobre todo, el entusiasmo por la buena comida de su artífice. A mí me encantaría tener un Alfonso que me preparara todas estas recetas mientras me da palique. Pero como eso es imposible hasta que se invente el autor electrónico, me conformaré con tener el libro en mi ordenador, y acudir a él cuando me apetezca un buen plato de comida de diario.

Mikel López Iturriaga
El Comidista

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