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3.0 out of 5 stars Non-essential, 4 Jun 2003
T. J. Turner "Northerner" (Manchester) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Lonely Planet World Food: Spain (Paperback)
The World Food series has to be carefully priced, because although these are attractive books, like nearly all published by Lonely Planet, you don't need them. All guidebooks worth their salt give some space to the food, the markets and restaurants, and so all of these books are effectively an add-on, a luxury - this is unlikely to be the only book you buy.
The Spain book in particular feels slightly unnecessary. Unlike Italy, France or India, where the cuisine is hugely developed and highly complex, the food in Spain seems consciously simple, pared-down. This is reflected in the text, which frequently meanders into long digressions about other things. Worse yet is the persistant impression that "World Food: Spain" has been translated from the original Spanish, possibly from some ofthe sources credited in the acknowledgements. There is a stilted, overly formal quality to sentences like this; "At the tasca, you'll find more plant kingdom comestibles than at a proper sit-down restaurant." Comestibles? And there's more where that came from. Long passages of frankly rather silly florid scene-setting makes the book a bit desperate.
But nevertheless, the pictures are lovely, the recipes well worth trying, and once you've dragged it around a few restaurants while on your hols, it'll take on the hallmark of a souvenir.
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