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The Food of Spain [Hardcover]

Claudia Roden
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15 Mar 2012

Discover Spain's culture and cuisine

Claudia Roden has spent five years researching and writing about the food of Spain, resulting in this definitive, passionate and evocative cookbook which takes in the different regions and looks at the history, the people and the culture at the heart of this country, and at that which binds it all together - the delicious food and recipes passed down through generations. From simple, rustic tapas and delicately flavoured soups, to elaborate celebratory dishes served on silver platters and cakes and desserts each with a story to tell, this is the book about Spain to learn from and to cook from.


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0718157192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718157197
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.4 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claudia Roden was born and brought up in Cairo. She finished her education in Paris and later studied art in London. She writes about food with a special interest in the social and historical background of cooking.

With the publication of the bestselling A Book of Middle Eastern Food in 1968, Claudia Roden revolutionized Western attitudes to the cuisines of the Middle East. Her books include the international award-winning classic, The Book of Jewish Food, as well as The Food of Italy and Arabesque. Claudia has won six Glenfiddich awards for her writing, and in 1989 was awarded Italy's two most prestigious food prizes.


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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 28 Mar 2012
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Received this book 2 weeks ago, having pre-ordered it and am absolutely loving it! A really good and intelligent work on Spanish cooking, that importantly is written in a way accessible to us in the UK. For me, one of the biggest pluses is that so many of these dishes are possible to knock up for supper after returning from work - yes, there are some that need longer, but it is very evident that Claudia has stuck to her aim of producing recipes that give flavour and satisfaction worthy of the time put into them. Have cooked 4 from the book so far and all have turned out brilliantly.

I note the comments from the less enthusiastic reviewer, although I have to say that I found this a perfect balance between cookery book and scholarly work. There are 122 pages of history and analysis of ingredients before the recipes even begin - to be honest I think that if you want more than that, you should be buying an academic text and not a recipe book! Although some of the information may be already known to many, it's not put across in an overly simplistic way and you can't just skip out mentioning oil and bread, just because it's a well known part of Spanish cookery.

I will confess that the book maybe does not have pages of immediately stand-out 'wow' recipes that make you want to drop everything and cook them. But I think that is partly because so much of Spanish cookery is quite simple, everyday fare. However, if you take the time to read the book and try out recipes, then you really do get the 'wow' - both on a quick weekday supper and a weekend dinner party. I feel certain this book will become one of the most well-thumbed and oil-stained in my kitchen!
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For true cooks and foodies 17 Jun 2011
By Ramuk
Format:Hardcover
For some reason there are a plethora of Spanish cooks books being published. Many of them offer the standard fare. However, if you truly want the heart and soul of Spain on a plate, then this is the book for you. There are of course many simple and easy to cook recipes, but I am absolutely fed up with the quick and simple approach offered up by the likes of the delectable Nigella, to get us all cooking. I want complex, time consuming journeys of culinary delight, and Claudia's book offers this up...big time. To say I love this book is an under-statement it is really a journey into the Spanish kitchen. she is a cook who loves and understands food. The culinary story of Spain is here and is a great read for those who want to understand the food they are cooking, Claudia takes you to the root of the recipes. The food is sublime! Am I going to be watching Rick Stein, of course I am, but I am going to be cooking Claudia Roden.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous 29 April 2012
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Another exceptional book from Claudia Roden . If you are not interested in food but simply want a recipe book to follow slavishly then perhaps it is not for you . It is ,however, scholarly erudite and fascinating and faithful to the real cooking of Spain . Highly recommended .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Echoes of elizabeth 25 Sep 2012
By andy
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I ordered this book after hearing an interview on radio 4's midweek. I much enjoyed Rick Stein's tv series and cook book that covered the same subject, but while Mr Stein's series brought back the memories of Spanish holidays, Mrs Roden's book provided real depth to the subject of cooking in this vast country so influenced by islam, judaism and christianity.

For me, there were clear echoes of that most famous of food writers Elizabeth David. Whilst it is true that Mrs David's writings have probably changed the face of british cookery more than any other author, the occaisional mild, (or not so mild) scolding tone of her writing is a minor irritation entirely absent from Mrs Roden's work. Whilst she writes authoritatively both regards the evolution of food and the wider history, Mrs Roden does not seem to take herself too seriously. On the subject of the blessed alioli and adding pounded garlic and olive oil to bought mayonnaise, she observes "It is cheating, but then many Spaniards cheat".

Claudia Roden's introduction to each recipe and each chapter, whilst highlighting native food writers, (famous in their own country, but not neccesarily outside of it) maintains the food writing, as oppose to cookery book structure. If you enjoy food writing and education as well as recipes, this book will reward the purchase. Buy it!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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No wonder Claudia Roden is my favourite food writer - received this yesterday and haven't stopped reading it since. The first hundred pages or so offer a fascinating cultural history of Spain which puts the last two millennium into perspective, and explains the culinary heritage of Romans, Moors, Jews and Christians, as well as giving a guide to the food of the 17 autonomous regions of the country. As always with this writer the recipes are so easy to follow,and she gives the reader great confidence in making their own adaptations. I love this book, and thank you Amazon for offering it at such a good price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cookery book I've had for ages! 22 April 2012
By bongo4
Format:Hardcover
My husband bought this as a birthday gift for me as we love Spanish food and I haven't stopped using it with delicious results! I love Claudia Roden as a cookery writer anyway and have been inspired by her Middle Eastern cookery books; she makes everything so straightforward and easy and her recipes can be followed without any amendments so ideal for everyone whatever the ability. Strongly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Claudia does it again!
Overall speaking, the most comprehensive and authentic book on Spanish food, in English. It is written in the usual Claudia's style--lots of research, lots of travelling, lots of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by boo
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss this wonderful book!
I have several of Claudia Roden's books and this surpasses the others.A compelling read about the origins of Spanish food And then there are the recipes!. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C.H.O.L.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Cooking
I live in Spain and the book gives me history and a background to the dishes of the regions but most of all good easy to follow receipes
Published 2 months ago by Stuart Ernesto
4.0 out of 5 stars A thick book!
I'd expected a thinner book with more recipes, but got a thicker book with a lot of extra information in it. Not sure I was delighted at that, but the recipes are good.
Published 2 months ago by pdoelboi
4.0 out of 5 stars Accurated recipes!
Having lived in Spain for over 35 years I was pleasantly surprised at the accuracy of the recipes
and would recommend this book to anyone interested in Spanish regional... Read more
Published 4 months ago by evelyn aikman
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a cookery book
This is the book to have for your first or only book on Spanish cuisine as there's a very comprehensive collection of recipes from all regions. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Martin Castellan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Food of Spain
Very informative, both as to recipes and background knowledge. At last a merluja in salsa verde recipe to obliterate some unpleasant memories. Read more
Published 5 months ago by emita
5.0 out of 5 stars The Food of Spain
This is no doubt THE cookery book of the year! Claudia Roden is probably the most interesting food writer and the recipes she brings into one's own kitchen are absolute favorites. Read more
Published 7 months ago by IS
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book
A delightful, well researched book which gives a real insight into the food and culture of Spain. If you like Spanish food, then this book will inspire you.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Jo Dilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely!
I bought this book as a gift. When it arrived in the post I was so pleased with it. It is such a lovely hardback with beautiful colors and pictures inside. Read more
Published 9 months ago by amelia
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