The Food of Spain Hardcover – 15 Mar 2012
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"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."--Sam Sifton, New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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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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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have several books by Claudia Roden so I knew that I'd enjoy this book. For me, the mix of historical information and typical family recipes is perfect. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mrs D Kelly
Splendid recipies that are easy to follow. Attractively organised and illustrated.Published 6 months ago by P. J. Hubert
Here's my two cents worth for those who may be put off buying a perfectly good book by some of the negative reviews. First, my credentials. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Thomas Holt
Bought for a friend and she has loved this book. Definitely a book for someone who loves cooking.Published 13 months ago by oap67
excellent book, full of facts, stories and recipes , I have several of Claudia Rodens books- she is such a good writer. I've tried several recipes and been pleased with themPublished 15 months ago by Ms. K. D. Brooks