Books: Cooking by Cuisine -> Cooking Spanish
To the Heart of Spain: Food and Wine Adventures Beyond the Pyrenees
Berkeley Hills Books
Published: January 1, 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
Two books are combined between the covers of this charming volume. One is a buoyant, witty travelogue filled with impressions of Spain's regions, their cuisines and specific reminiscences ranging from the authors' friendship with
a man who taught English to the whores in the Barcelona's Barrio Chino. Next is a smallish collection of unusual recipes for surprisingly simple-to-prepare Spanish delicacies such as Scrambled Eggs With Salmon and Raisins; Baked Eggplant With Tomatoes
and Anchovies; and Tuna and Almond Sauce. The main-course offerings are particularly strong, featuring such unusual combinations as Fava Bean Stew With Clams (the shellfish taking the place of the more common sausage); Duck With Pears; Partridge in
Chocolate Sauce; and Rabbit or Chicken With Snails. The two sections might have been more fully integrated, and a few recipes scant instructions (e.g., readers are told to fashion a drip pan of aluminum foil for Grilled Pork Loin with Sweet and Sour
Sauce, but not how to do so). Even so, the passion and affection that the Walkers (A Season in Spain; Tapas) bring to their subject gives this personal account great appeal.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Part cookbook, part travel journal, part wine guide, To the Heart of Spain takes readers on a delightful, often irreverent "knife, fork and wine glass" journey through the regions of Spain. From the dusty backroad bars of Extremadura, to
the trendy restaurants of Madrid, to the sand beach horse races of Andalusia, to the wine cathedrals of Jerez, Ann and Larry Walker pursue the heart of Europe's most mysterious land through its cuisine and the remarkable characters who bring it to the
table. To the Heart of Spain includes a complete Spanish cookbook section--from tapas to desserts--with more than 100 authoritative, kitchen-tested recipes; an inside view of the wineries and winemakers that have shaped a new era in Spanish wines; and
thoughtful reflections on Spanish history and character of interest to travelers and armchair travelers.
An affectionate, first-hand portrait of the Spanish landscape and people, To the Heart of Spain captures the essence of a Spain overlooked by
conventional touring guides.
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