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Just a dozen years ago, it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to find more than a few really good introductions to Spanish food and wine written in English. How times have changed! Today there are dozens and the following represent just a few of the more notable titles.
Ferran Adría with Juli Soler and Albert Adria A Day at elBulli
Universally acclaimed as the most innovative chef in Spain, Ferran Adria takes us on a trek through the ins and outs of a typical day at his fascinating restaurant, El Bulli, overlooking the Bay of Roses north of Barcelona.
James Michener Iberia
Although not specifically about food and wine, Michener’s great introduction to Spain is still one of the finest ways to figure out what makes this fascinating country tick—and understanding Spanish culture is a first step to understanding Spanish cuisine.
Paul Richardson A Late Dinner: Discovering the Food of Spain
A young British food writer, long resident in Spain, opens up Spanish cuisine through a delightful exploration of the regions, cities, restaurants, and great foods and wines of the Iberian peninsula. Use this as a guidebook to Spain as much as a guide to the country’s remarkable cuisine.
George Semler Barcelonawalks (Henry Holt Walks Series)
An exploration of Barcelona’s history, culture, and cuisine, through the medium of five leisurely and informed strolls throughout the Catalan capitol. Although some of the more practical information is out-of-date (prices in pesetas, for instance, instead of euros), the over-all sense of this extraordinary city is as fresh and to the point as when it was first written.