Cookbook giveaway - Quick and Easy Spanish Recipes

Quick and Easy Spanish RecipesThree generations of Spaniards have learned to cook through Simone Ortega's books on gastronomy, which have sold millions of copies nationwide. She is considered one of the foremost authorities on traditional Spanish cooking and her daughter Inés Ortega has followed in her mother's footsteps. She worked with her mother for many years and is an established and highly regarded food writer in her own right.

One of Simone's best-known works is 1080 Recipes, first published in 1972. That book is a comprehensive collection of traditional and authentic Spanish recipes, covering everything from tortilla to bacalao. Inés and Simone updated the book in subsequent publications over the years. Now the best and quickest recipes from 1080, along with recipes from sister volume The Tapas Book, have been compiled into a new book, Quick and Easy Spanish Recipes. Each of its 100 recipes has been tested and is accompanied by a photograph. You can get a sneak peek into the cookbook with two recipe excerpts.

We're delighted to offer five copies of Quick and Easy Spanish Recipes to EYB Members worldwide. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

Which essential Spanish recipe would you most like to master?

Please note that you must be signed into the Rafflecopter contest before posting the comment or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends June 2, 2016.


  • kbennall  on  5/5/2016 at 10:47 AM

    Tortilla! I've made it several times, but it never turns out quite right.

  • Kirstin_the_Kiwi  on  5/5/2016 at 2:46 PM

    crema catalan. I love Creme Brulee :-)

  • imaluckyducky  on  5/5/2016 at 8:51 PM

    Croquetas de Jamón

  • vickster  on  5/6/2016 at 9:16 AM


  • kedmiston  on  5/6/2016 at 10:22 AM

    Paella has always intimidated me! I love all Spanish food, but have never ventured out to make much of it. I'd love the opportunity to learn more about this yummy cuisine. :)

  • chawkins  on  5/6/2016 at 10:36 AM

    Paella with socorrat!

  • Zosia  on  5/6/2016 at 10:43 AM


  • jyms  on  5/6/2016 at 10:52 AM


  • cocecitycook  on  5/6/2016 at 1:23 PM

    A good tortilla would be nice.

  • veronicafrance  on  5/6/2016 at 3:40 PM

    I adore most Spanish food (not particularly keen on paella though). The recipe I'd most like to master is a classic tortilla de patatas. I've made some not bad ones, but perfection still eludes me :) I'd love to add this to my burgeoning collection of Spanish cookbooks.

  • LilyB612  on  5/6/2016 at 6:28 PM

    Paella. Gotta master that crusty bottom!

  • ravensfan  on  5/6/2016 at 6:40 PM


  • florador  on  5/6/2016 at 6:51 PM

    I've had a paella pan for several years. It's grown dusty from non-use. I think the recipe in this book just might be the one that prompts us to make a tasty paella!! Hope so!

  • Lynled  on  5/6/2016 at 7:27 PM

    Seafood paella.

  • t.t  on  5/6/2016 at 9:48 PM


  • stephanieyee  on  5/6/2016 at 10:31 PM

    definitely paella!!!!

  • JanScholl  on  5/7/2016 at 12:58 AM

    I would like to add more sauces to my eating. I dislike normal American tomato sauces but think I would love Spanish ones.

  • lizr  on  5/7/2016 at 3:04 AM

    Absolutely paella!

  • Seren_Ann  on  5/7/2016 at 4:48 AM

    I would love to make a real tortilla cooked just right... I have such good memories of tortilla eaten in spain but it never turns out quite right at home.

  • Baltiville  on  5/7/2016 at 6:34 AM

    I would like to learn how to cook any Spanish items. I'm really unfamiliar with the cuisine other than paella, which I've never tried to make. I'm interested in learning new techniques to cook fish and lighter dishes.

  • Baltiville  on  5/7/2016 at 6:36 AM

    I would like to learn how to cook any Spanish items. I'm really embarrassingly unfamiliar with the cuisine other than paella, which I've never tried to make. I'm interested in learning new techniques to cook fish and lighter dishes.

  • cadfael  on  5/7/2016 at 5:36 PM

    Paella with seafood

  • matag  on  5/7/2016 at 6:47 PM


  • CLeonard  on  5/7/2016 at 8:39 PM


  • GregH  on  5/7/2016 at 10:24 PM

    Paella Paella Paella

  • cora429  on  5/8/2016 at 7:16 AM


  • EmmaJaneDay  on  5/8/2016 at 8:36 AM

    I would love to be able to cook the perfect paella.

  • wester  on  5/8/2016 at 8:42 AM

    Tortilla! I can make a pretty acceptable one, but there is definitely much room for improvement there.

  • jecca  on  5/8/2016 at 10:30 AM

    Tortilla de patatas. Mine gets a little better each time, but I still haven't mastered it!

  • sharifah  on  5/8/2016 at 4:14 PM


  • Orielle  on  5/9/2016 at 10:11 AM


  • Therese  on  5/9/2016 at 6:33 PM

    I'd like to master the use of bacala for croquettes, and for other dishes. Maybe the quality of what I've bought isn't good, or my rinsing and soaking is not good enough, it never seems quite right.

  • tikilu  on  5/9/2016 at 8:14 PM

    I'm all about the Desserts...I'd love to make Catalan cream. It's much nicer than its cousin the creme brûlée. I have the perfect little pots just waiting for this recipe that I saved from Catalan cream I had bought.

  • SilverSage  on  5/10/2016 at 9:37 AM

    Croquettes. I love little fried things!

  • Katiefayhutson  on  5/10/2016 at 1:17 PM

    Paella and more paella.

  • Sally  on  5/10/2016 at 9:59 PM

    Bacalao al pil pil.

  • Clove  on  5/11/2016 at 8:30 AM

    I so love Spanish food. What I would really love is to have a repertoire of tapas recipes so that I could produce a spread with whatever was to hand and in my garden.

  • trudys_person  on  5/11/2016 at 9:14 PM

    I would love to learn more about Spanish desserts!

  • sbh2006  on  5/12/2016 at 3:30 PM

    All of them! Despite living in Spain twice, I've never really attempted / mastered Spanish cuisine, so would love to add this to my collection. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • hillsboroks  on  5/13/2016 at 5:55 PM

    Tortillas and paella are the first two dishes I want to master.

  • ladibyrd  on  5/15/2016 at 8:54 AM

    A good tapas spread, and I'm always in the market for new dessert options!

  • pgarcia  on  5/15/2016 at 3:52 PM

    Any and all tapas!

  • Waderu  on  5/16/2016 at 4:21 PM


  • love2chow  on  5/16/2016 at 10:03 PM

    potato filled tortilla

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  5/16/2016 at 11:32 PM

    I need to learn how to make paella for sure.

  • sabrina7  on  5/17/2016 at 10:33 AM


  • echilt5  on  5/18/2016 at 12:32 PM


  • TrudieA  on  5/19/2016 at 1:28 PM

    I would so love to master churros - with chocolate of course! I don't know whether they feature in the book but if not, crema Catalan would be another I have never dared attempt!

  • katietodd  on  5/20/2016 at 7:12 PM

    Something simple yet satisfying such as salt cod croquettes.

  • pandapotamus  on  5/20/2016 at 11:23 PM


  • djoh437938  on  5/21/2016 at 8:21 AM


  • fancett  on  5/21/2016 at 11:25 AM


  • winingwife  on  5/24/2016 at 6:46 PM

    I'd love to learn to make empanadas. My little gal LOVES them!

  • ericg  on  5/25/2016 at 6:24 AM


  • Siegal  on  5/25/2016 at 8:51 PM

    I want to try to make romesco sauce !

  • elizam  on  5/26/2016 at 7:29 PM

    going to steal someone else's suggestion - creme catalan - because reading that made my mouth water!

  • Ruminate  on  5/26/2016 at 9:09 PM

    Paella, to cook the rice just so, and to get the crust right without burning it.

  • dirtgirl  on  5/26/2016 at 10:05 PM

    Tortilla Espaniola, I grew up in UK living next door to a Spanish lady who would hand the most amazing food over the fence to us (always) hungry mob of kids! All her food was incredible, but the tortillas were my favorites! I left UK over 45 yrs ago, but have never forgotten her delicious food!

  • ckbkaddict  on  5/26/2016 at 10:30 PM

    Creme Catalan.

  • e_ballad  on  5/26/2016 at 11:08 PM

    Crema Catalana, though if I master this, I may no longer be able to fit through doorways! Yummmmmm!

  • colinf  on  5/27/2016 at 2:24 AM

    I'd like to master a few good tapas dishes

  • Ericalgr  on  5/27/2016 at 3:20 AM


  • wels  on  5/27/2016 at 9:43 AM

    I love pulpo a la do you get a tender consistency for the octopus?

  • MmeFleiss  on  5/27/2016 at 2:41 PM


  • jshepherd  on  5/27/2016 at 4:16 PM

    crema catalana - yum!

  • lauriesk  on  5/27/2016 at 4:22 PM

    I would like to learn how to make a variety of Tapas.

  • ChefClaireFVS  on  5/28/2016 at 11:37 PM

    I love the scallops in saffron cream sauce that is often on Tapas menus.

  • lils74  on  5/29/2016 at 1:45 AM

    I'd love to learn more tapas recipes

  • willowglen  on  5/30/2016 at 2:02 AM

    I would love to learn how to make homemade turron for the holidays.

  • bopper  on  5/30/2016 at 4:40 PM


  • cezovski  on  5/31/2016 at 12:31 AM

    I would like to be able to make Albondigas

  • ballen  on  6/2/2016 at 10:25 AM

    Seafood paella

  • MollyB  on  6/2/2016 at 11:14 AM

    Empanada gallega

Post a comment

You may only comment on the blog if you are signed in. Sign In

Seen anything interesting? Let us know & we'll share it!