Dimensions: 224 pages, 10.27 × 7.78 × 0.76 in
Published: March 12, 2014
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307719332
ISBN - 13: 9780307719331
About the Book
For home cooks and fans of "Desperate Housewives" megastar Longoria comes a celebrity and flavor-packed cookbook of recipes that reflects her passion for cooking and her life.
Read from the Book
My love affair with cooking started long ago, but I remember it so clearly. When I was about six years old, my mom was leaving for work early one morning and I told her I was hungry. “So cook something!” she answered. I vividly remember pulling up a chair to the stove and turning it on with a match. (I know—dangerous, but it was a different time!) I selected the smallest frying pan I could fi nd because I wanted to cook one egg. Not eggs, just one egg. I cracked the egg on the edge of the pan, as I’d seen my mom do effortlessly many times before, and emptied it into the frying pan. Of course, the pan was full of eggshell. I didn’t use any butter or oil, so the egg stuck everywhere. I can’t even remember now what it tasted like, but I can recall the feeling of accomplishment I had after cooking that egg. I found it empowering and energizing. I was hooked from that day forward. I wanted to learn everything! I wanted my little EASY-BAKE Oven to make casseroles like my mom’s. I wanted my lemonade stand to have more flavor options than just lemon. And for Christmas I wanted my own hand mixer! I eventually graduated from cooking an egg to making my own spaghetti sauce. I have my family to thank for my cooking skills and the inspiration they gave me to begin my own culinary journey. My dad was a big believer in never eating fast food, so we were not allowed to have it. And nothing ever went to waste. I grew up on a ranch outside of Corpus Ch
From the Publisher
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.
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.
“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’l