Tapas bars are springing up all over the country, but few have been as successful as MoVida. A meal here is a highlight of any foodies pilgrimage to Melbourne. “Rustica, Spanish Traditions and Recipes”, is Frank Camorra’s (owner and head-chef at MoVida) second book.
This well-researched book took Camorra 18 months and 12 visits to Spain to pull together. Rustica features a collection of recipes from the people, not the chefs. It is peppered with short stories of Camorra’s experiences, the people he met, the food ideas he stumbled across, from the waiters to the fish markets and the Madridrilenas tapas promenade.
The recipes that accompany these intimate stories are largely the labour of Spanish homes. Tapas and Pinxtos (the padrons stuffed with black pudding look divine) are well represented, as are simple dishes flavoured with the Spanish essentials such as sherry, smoked sweet paprika, anchovies and jamon (pronounced ham-on and featured in some seriously mouth-watering dishes such as a toasted jamon and tomato roll to pan-fried trout with jamon.)
The chapters on preserving foods will be great for those with a vegie patch, or if you can get your hand on some vegetables in bulk you will always have a last minute meal for guests.
It makes perfect sense that there should be an interplay between the cuisines of Australia and Spain. From the similarity of the climate, to the laid back lifestyle and the pleasure we take from the company of friends and family. This is a book that will sit happily on the bookshelves of either country.