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Otal presents more than 150 recipes for foods cooked on a "plancha," a metal slab or "plate" that is heated by a flame, whether outdoors over a grill or indoors on a stove. Focusing on a single method of cooking that many people love but reserve for occasional use only, the author explores the vast range of foods that can be cooked easily this way every day, from delicate appetizers of mushrooms or anchovies to hearty beef and chicken feasts to desserts. First the author teaches you how to buy, use, and maintain a plancha; then she dazzles you with a wide array of mouthwatering recipes that will convince you to keep using it.
"'Plancha' is a Spanish word that literally translates as "plate," and refers to both a style and a method of cooking, using a metal slab heated over a gas flame. In Spain, planchas are widely used in tapas bars and restaurants to cook an incredible assortment of foods, from mussels to mushrooms and even desserts. In private homes, planchas are often installed in the middle of round tables, so that both the hosts and their guests can share in the cooking experience and no one is stuck in the kitchen. Prepared both indoors and out, plancha cooking is as delicious and suitable on a warm sunny day as it is on a chilly night. The popularity of plancha has even crossed the Spanish border into France, where many noted chefs, such as Alain Ducasse and Paul Bocuse, have adopted this way of cooking in their Paris restaurants. It's not just for the gourmet restaurants, however: planchas are incredibly easy to use over grills and stoves, with little mess. And--unlike with other methods of grilling--there is no chance of watching your meal go up in flames. In Plancha, Liliane Otal shows how to buy and maintain a plancha as well has how to make more than 150 delicious recipes that are so simple and fast anyone can do them. The cooking time for nearly all of these recipes is under 20 minutes. Her recipes will show you how to prepare delicious and flavorful meals that are also low in fat"--
Genre: Cooking + Food + Wine
Sub-Genre: Regional + Ethnic / Spanish, Methods / Barbecue + Grilling
Street Date: June 21, 2011
Item Number (DPCI): 248-64-0732