Aug 07 dolcedebbie
A couple of month’s ago I was asked by a friend of mine, Chef Gui Alinat to participate in an Itinerant Cookbook Project. Of course I accepted the offer immediately.
So, I received my cookbook, Cooking Know-How, which I was to choose a recipe from. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love to sit and just read cookbooks, so this was exciting in and of itself. Then, the tough part….choosing a recipe, what would it be? And then it appeared, Paella. I had always wanted to try making this dish as it is one of my husband’s favorites. Well, what better day but Father’s Day to try this recipe for dear ole hubby.
I invited over family for the day, both daughters with their husband and boyfriend, and of course my father-in-law. I decided that this needed to be a family participation day and everyone really enjoyed being an intricate part of the meal preparation. We decided that our paella should include as much seafood as possible, crab legs, mussels, clams, shrimp, lobster…you name it, if it came from the water, it was included. We also had to make sure that it contained traditional pieces such as the chicken and decided we should also include a little chorizo as well.
I have to say that although the recipe was described in great detail, it was a little hard to follow functionally. There is an overwhelming amount of chit-chat and history for each step of the recipe. I learned quite a bit about the history of paella and its ingredients, the dish was a well received and an enjoyed element of our Father’s Day dinner. For a few of the guests, it was their first time having paella and it was a dish they said they would definitely have again, so all in all I would rate the experience as a successful one.
I am now passing the book along to a dear friend of mine, Jeff Houck, Food Writer for the Tampa Tribune and TBO.com and also known as The Stew. Make sure and follow the book with the link provided previously with Chef Gui’s project to see what Jeff chooses to make and his thoughts.