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A Late Dinner: Discovering the Food of Spain [Paperback]

Paul Richardson
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5 May 2008
In this vivid and humorous journey, Richardson takes us past the cliches of paella and gazpacho to tell the real story of Spain's mouth-watering food, from the typical coastal cuisine to the shepherd cooking of the interior and the chic 'urban' food of Madrid and Barcelona. Along the way he gets caught up in a fish auction and the annual pig slaughter, spends a day at El Bulli restaurant and makes a never-ending stream of new friends.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (5 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747593809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747593805
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Detail by delicious detail, he builds up a picture of a culture in which food is both religion and love affair' The Times 'A love of Spain sings from every page of this journalist's travelogue ... An affectionate and informative account of Spain's food culture' Waitrose Food Illustrated 'This is, first of all, a really good book about Spain, and the atmosphere of beautiful and ingenious novelty which pervades its traditional life. It is also a serious and well-informed account of its food, which reflects a country's regional variety, its history and its addiction to pleasure' Colm Toibin 'If you have been waiting for an excuse to pack your bags, head off to Spain and discover some of the lesser-known and best kept culinary and cultural secrets, A Late Dinner could not paint a more accurate, balanced and tempting picture of Spain today' Eddie Hart, owner of restaurants Fino and Barrafina

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Paul Richardson has owned and managed a small farm and vineyard in Spain for the past fifteen years. He is also the author of Our Lady of the Sewers: And Other Adventures in Deep Spain, Cornucopia: A Gastronomic Tour of Britain, Indulgence: Around the World in Search of Chocolate, and Williams-Sonoma Barcelona.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read 6 Oct 2009
By Kurt
This is more than just a book about food. It's a record of a cultural journey, a travel journal, an analysis of the national psyche and a relaxing, informative read.

What struck me most is that the writer is not precious about food the way so many food writers are. A real pleasure and I am so happy I chanced upon this book. I am going to look out for some of his other work next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The real Spain 8 Sep 2009
By morrow
A look at and a taste of the real Spain. Properly researched and written by someone who actually knows the country - not something you can say about a number of other recent books on Spain and how she eats. This and Menu del Dia by Rohan Daft are by far the best recent books on traditional Spanish food.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic gastronomic delight! 26 July 2009
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This book is a must for everyone who wants to find out the stories behind the regional food of Spain. This book is so well written and researched - a joy to savour each page. I am keeping this book on my bookshelf and am planning my trips to San Sebastian and the Basque country as a direct result. This work is of such high quality. Thank you Mr Richardson for such a fine book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Feast 13 July 2011
I go through phases with books, this one came during a period of reading travel writing food books. Paul Richardson's writing style isn't as good as a few others I have read recently and for that reason I cannot give this book five stars, but overall this was an enjoyable read.

He tells the story of how he came to journalism, and through a chance opportunity, to Spain and its food. He quite quickly moved from London, albeit to an Spanish island rather than Spain itself, and set about uncovering the food. It's not just about someone who goes to the country and eats a lot of paella, through living there for many years, the author gets under the skin of real and everyday Spanish food. I was looking forward to the section about the fish market, but it was all too brief. The book does cover a lot of ground, and there was plenty to keep me interested. It just isn't a book I'd read more than once.
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