The Food of Spain

The Food of Spain

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by Claudia Roden
     
 

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One of our foremost authorities on Mediterranean, North African, and Italian cooking, Claudia Roden brings her incomparable authenticity, vision, and immense knowledge to bear in The Food of Spain. The James Beard Award–winning author of the classic cookbooks A Book of Middle Eastern Food and A Book of Jewish Food now graces food lovers

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One of our foremost authorities on Mediterranean, North African, and Italian cooking, Claudia Roden brings her incomparable authenticity, vision, and immense knowledge to bear in The Food of Spain. The James Beard Award–winning author of the classic cookbooks A Book of Middle Eastern Food and A Book of Jewish Food now graces food lovers with the definitive cookbook on the Spanish cuisine, illustrated with dozens of gorgeous full-color photographs that capture the color and essence of this wonderfully vibrant nation and its diverse people, traditions, and culture.

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Sam Sifton
“After a series of fascinating essays on the historical forces that led to the creation of various Spanish cuisines (among others: Celts and Jews, Frenchmen, monks, peasants and royals), Roden slips into the kitchen to deliver the goods.”
Christopher Kimball
OK, I am not a big fan of the typical "The Food of . . ." The copy often falls into the tourism category, the recipes are a bit hoary, and, well, the whole thing feels like it was served up as leftovers. Ms. Roden's effort does occasionally fall into a few of these traps especially when one reads catchphrases extolling the region's "breathtaking gastronomic diversity." What country would not meet this definition? And darling photos of young, snowy white sheep across from a recipe for lamb shanks have made it past a less-than-discriminating editor. But the author gets a free pass due to the recipes—clean, solid, and quite doable in an American kitchen. The Medley of Spring Vegetables (fava beans, artichoke hearts, and asparagus bathed in chicken broth), Eggplant with Béchamel and Cheese, Beans with Cured Pork and Sausages, and a simple Almond Cake are all in-your-face, I-want-to-eat-it-now examples of rustic appeal and hearty country cooking. Despite its timeless and often predictable formula, The Food of Spain does deliver on the food and that's where it counts.
Founder and Editor, America's Test Kitchen
Sam Sifton
…a sweeping and tightly edited overview of the varied cuisines of the Iberian Peninsula.
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061969621
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
576,010
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.40(h) x 2.40(d)

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Sam Sifton
“After a series of fascinating essays on the historical forces that led to the creation of various Spanish cuisines (among others: Celts and Jews, Frenchmen, monks, peasants and royals), Roden slips into the kitchen to deliver the goods.”

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