My other half got me this book for Christmas. I am Spanish and probably someone will think what's the point for me to have books about food on my own country. Well, living in the UK for long, some times you forget some recipes and then flicking through this books makes me remember them or others not on them. It is nice to know what is the equivalent of some ingredients or their name in English.
I love the book, more for the fact that she does explain a bit of each regions history and influences in their food and where some ingredients come from and their differences, I know some other reviews criticised this particular part, but I think it is interesting to know a bit about the culture of the country when you're cooking some dish from them.
It may not have as many pictures as other books, but the recipes are brilliant, and maybe more to what normally you will eat in Spanish households. Spanish food is not only tapas, paella, sangria and the typical you seem to see in cooking tv programs and so on. I also have the Rick Stein book from last year's tv series, which is very good too, and then some others in Spanish such as 1080 Recetas de cocina (no pictures on it) and other very old passed by my mum. The recipe of the meatballs with almond sauce is a classic and I cannot see how someone can go wrong doing that, it is probably one of the 1st recipes my mum showed me when I was a kid.
There is also 2 styles of Spanish cooking at the moment, you got the typical and traditional cooking, recipes from Argüiñano, and so on, and then you got the new wave of chef, like Adriá (owner of El Bulli). I find this also in books, the ones with big fancy pictures and other where the recipes do all the job, personally I think this book is a balanced mix of both.