Cam Brown is a service star in our service center at Zingerman's Mail Order.
I love this squid because it’s unusual. People usually think of squid as being chewy or rubbery as a result of having had cheap calamari. This is the opposite of that: it’s soft, succulent. The flavor isn’t super fishy. It’s savory but subtle, and the whole tin is really balanced and basically perfect. The three or four squids, stuffed with their own tentacles so they look like little seafood sausages, come in a ragout of oil, tomatoes, peppers and spices. Even that oil is worth saving—I like to rip off chunks of bread to dip in it, after pulling out the little squids and eating them whole, straight from the can. Or sometimes I like to toss the whole tin into a big bowl of pasta.