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Regalar libros de cocina y gastronomía junto a una invitación a cenar es de lo más apreciado entre amigos foodie. 

Todos tenemos amigos foodies, o somos el amigo foodie, con quien hablar de comida y restaurantes sin parar, porque hablar de comida es parte de nuestra cultura y coleccionar libros de cocina escritos por los chef más premiados del mundo es una forma de rendirle homenaje.

 

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1) Nunca confies en un chef italiano delgado – Massimo Bottura

El chef italiano Massimo Bottura galardonado varias veces entre los mejores restaurantes del mundo ha publicado ya unos cuantos libros. 

Entre los varios títulos este es el más emblemático que retrata su carrera y filosofía de cocina a diez kilómetros de distancia.

2) Casa Cacao – Jordi Roca

Hay muchos libros también sobre la familia más premiada de la gastronomía española. 

Los hermanos Roca últimamente han publicado más libros de Baricco y siendo un gran orgullo de la gastronomía española no pueden faltar sus libros gourmets. Entre ellos hemos elegido “Casa Cacao” porque no es solamente un libro sino un proyecto concreto de un hotel y de una tienda completamente dedicados al cacao. 

3) Flavour – Ottolenghi

El apellido Ottolenghi es sinónimo de verduras bien cocinadas. 

Yotam Ottolenghi se ha convertido en uno de los gurús de la cocina vegetariana gracias a sus homónimos restaurantes en el centro de Londres. Sus publicaciones y libros han innovado como nadie nunca el panorama de la cocina vegetariana, aunque sus restaurantes no sean veganos o basados en plantas.

4) La guía de fermentación de Noma – David Zilber

Una de las grandes tendencias de los últimos años (la fermentación de los alimentos) explicada magistralmente por el equipo de uno de los mejores y más innovadores restaurantes del mundo. 

La guía de la fermentación detalla todo lo que hay que saber para producir un kimchi, una kombucha o cualquier otro producto fermentado. 

5) Verduras sin límites – José Andrés

El chef asturiano-americano José Andrés ha dedicado toda su carrera al mundo de la gastronomía, empezando entre los fogones del restaurante más vanguardista del mundo, El Bulli, para seguir con su carrera en EEUU. 

Este libro es una ovación a la cocina vegetal con trucos y recetas para cambiar el chip hacia una cocina más sostenible donde las verduras son las protagonistas. 

Con el proyecto World Central Kitchen ayuda desde 2010 a combatir el hambre causada por desastres naturales. 

6) Cook, eat, repeat – Nigella Lawson

Nigella es probablemente una de las figuras más influyente en el mundo mediático de la gastronómica gracias a sus programas de cocina de TV; podríamos decir que es la heredera de Martha Stewart. 

Muchos de sus libros y programas han tenido un éxito extraordinario, cualquier foodie que le respete tiene una copia de un libro de Nigella en su estante. 

7) Sun and Rain – Ana Roš 

No es la primera vez que hablamos de la chef Ana Roš porque tuvimos la suerte de probar su cocina en Madrid durante In Residence 2019.

Ana Roš nos ha enseñado su tierra, su filosofía de cocina trasladando un pop up su restaurante Hiša Franko en nuestra ciudad.   

8) Paella Power – Rodrigo de la Calle

Rodrigo de la Calle es uno de estos chef españoles que todos deberíamos conocer y no sólo por su paella. 

Acaba de convertirse en uno de los primeros chef en ganar la estrella Michelin verde dedicada a la sostenibilidad. 

9) La Guía Michelin España y Portugal 2021

Terminamos con dos grandes clásicos. 

El primero de los dos es la guía Michelin, porque cada año es un buen regalo.

No hay nada mejor que organizar rutas para probar los mejores restaurantes con estrellas de España y Portugal. 

10) La cuchara de plata

El regalo perfecto para los amigos más cocinillas que tardan días enteros en preparar comida para sus familias. Estos amigos prefieren entrar en un supermercado nuevo que en una tienda de Zara. “La cuchara de plata” es la biblia de la cocina tradicional.  

Tenemos muchas más sugerencias en nuestro escaparate de Amazon con ideas de regalos gourmet y cocinillas, para un auto regalo o para sorprender a nuestros queridos amantes de la gastronomía.

el soto de monico

Last month we had the chance to write about Casa Monico.

Casa Monico is a relaxed place to escape from the city without going out of it, a privileged place, surrounded by a 3,000 hectares english garden, for those who are looking for a different site where celebrate a special occasion.

It was born by the idea of Carlos Albert, son of the marqueses de Alhucemas, who remain fascinated by Dalmonico’ restaurant in New York, credited with being the first American restaurant to allow patrons to order from a menu à la carte, unlike the restaurants of that epoch.

A tailor made service and a constant innovation in gastronomic experiences have turned Casa Mónico, after 77 years, into a leader of its sector.

A New Phase

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On 29th June 2017, after almost eight decades of existence, Mónico renewed Casa Monico by adding El Soto de Monico, without giving up the spirit the founder put in its work.

This new phase that inaugurates El Soto de Mónico maintains the mark that identifies the origin of the brand: the excellent gastronomy and the excellence in details.

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Monico’s cuisine, mediterranean style made from fresh and high quality raw materials, a personalized and made-to-measure menu, the whole organization, from the bakery to the towels, are always pleasant experiences for the attendees, that’s why those two offers are also part of the incredible activities that can be designed and developed in such an amazing location.

It comes El Soto de Mónico

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El Soto del Monico is the new finca of the group, located in a unique setting at the foot of the river Henares and surrounded by a field of pistachios and beautiful mediterraneans gardens.

El Soto has been designed by the landscape architect Fernando Martos, who has developed an impressive design selecting fruit trees in accordance with the environment.

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It is worth noting the breathtaking views of an extensive and original pistachio field and a nice pond where you can hold small events and avery kind of events.

The main element of the garden is an esplanade of grass, which integrates in the landscape thanks to the water that surrounds it And that seeks to contribute not only a perfect visual composition, but also freshness to the environment.

It’s an incredible venue, looks like a postcard.

More Information: El Soto de Mónico

Casa Tomada Madrid

You can’t say you are a Madrileño if you don’t know La Casa Tomada, not because it is serving typical Spanish food, but mainly because you have to sit in calle San Lorenzo 9 and try the most sculptural bocatas of Spanish capital.

I’ve been hearing about La Casa Tomada since day one in Madrid, because of Instagram, because of Deliveroo, because of friends of friends and positive reviews I saw in the web.

Finally I got the chance to taste those gourmet sandwiches everyone is talking about, that red and white checkered paper that is so familiar after tens of photos I saw in Instagram.

I really enjoyed the history of the restaurant, hearing how it all began right from the founder and head of the kitchen army in La Casa Tomada.

“Hacemos bocadillos con mucho arte” is the mantra of this restaurant but I have to admit the what I really loved was talking with José Antonio, the founder, about how he loves to take care of his crew and make sure everything that comes out from his kitchen is 100% perfect. So art and perfection, Salvador Dalì used to say “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it”, because you need to be confident in order to get to that level of perfection or even better that level of quality, providing each day a high quality product.

José Antonio, who was born and raised in Venezuela, started his bocata revolution while he was at school, in Madrid, studying the art of cooking, training everyday making bocatas for his university’s colleagues. He saw an opportunity, the school cafeteria bocatas were a disaster, and started leveraging his cooking abilities delivering daily orders for all his mates.

La Casa Tomada was born in Venezuela, 2011, when he came back after the graduation in Madrid, becoming super popular, serving more than 100 bocatas every night, from his mother’s house transformed for the occasion into a street food restaurant.

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Madrid calle San Lorenzo 9 arrived in 2014, when José Antonio decided to move to Madrid and started a new La Casa Tomada venture.

The good news is that La Casa Tomada in Madrid is open both for lunch and dinner, so that you can try fight the biggest bocata in Madrid at midday or midnight, I mean, there is not a real proper time for a La Casa Tomada bocata, you can have breakfast with the night before doggy bag bocata or dine with friends sharing different tastes.

Sharing is a key point of this place, if you just take a bocata it might be a pity, because the starters are massive, and if you don’t get a bocata but a salad, well, you’re a loco, even because there are meat bocatas and veggie bocatas, for all the tastes.

The delicious entrantes of La Casa Tomada, the Chili Cheese Fries is quite mandatory, like the unmissable dish of the menu, you can’t see the fries from the top, they are quite hidden but they’re super tasty, not the typical patatas I guess.

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If you want you avocado dosis of the day, the Pulled Pork Fries might be a good compromise, because more than fries and pulled pork the bowl is full of fresh guacamole style sauce that matches perfectly with the pork.

Now that you are already half full with such a starter you see this huge bocata coming and you need to be really hungry and take some courage to start and end it all alone, so that sharing might be a good idea again, because trust me, half bocata is already a bocata.

I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews about the roast beef, so I chose the Fat Roast Beef, with onion, cheese, bacon and roast beef for sure, but the Teriyaki de ternera is a good choice if you love that asian sauce, or all the chicken bocatas are quite special, from the Pollo Italia with pesto to the Parmigiana Sandwich for the Grana Padano lovers.

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There are more than 20 sandwiched between the classic bocata and the hotdog style, and nothing better than a fresh graft beer to sip with them.

The guys of La Casa Tomada can really help in choosing between all the different fancy bottles exposed on the window, starting from Spanish beers (from Madrid) that might be more famous like the Cibeles or less like the Moustache.

I’ve tried the Moustache which is super suave and perfect for me, but if you prefer stronger tastes the black ipa might be the right beer.

Last but not least the desserts, I will never leave a restaurant without trying at least one dessert, I don’t like the unfinished works, and in La Casa Tomada there is really good ensemble of postres homemade.

More Information:

La Casa Tomada

Calle San Lorenzo, 9, 28004, Madrid

Metro Tribunal / Alonzo Martínez

+3434915138448