A Late Dinner

A Late Dinner : Discovering the Food of Spain

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Acclaimed food and travel writer Paul Richardson first visited Spain as a humble Inter-railer with just enough Spanish phrases to get by. Some years later, following a chance posting to a Madrid food fair, he became hooked on the glorious fusion of old and new at the heart of Spanish culinary culture and decided to move to Spain for good. It was to be the beginning of a lifelong love affair with the country, its culture and its food. In A Late Dinner, Paul takes an extended journey around Spain to get to the heart of its food and the culture of those who grow and cook it. He depicts the dramatic changes that have gripped Spanish life over the last quarter-century, exploring the extremes of culture and food from the rustic to the avant-garde. Along the way, Paul gets caught up in bidding fever at a fish auction, helps out with the almost ritualistic Matanza (the annual pig slaughter that takes place in many households in rural Spain), spends a day with Ferran Adria at his world-famous El Bulli restaurant, and makes a never-ending stream of new friends who often welcome him into their homes to reveal the secrets of traditional domestic dishes. His intriguing expedition takes him from typical Spanish coastal cuisine to the shepherd cooking of the mountains, via the vibrant cities where creativity and innovation are now setting the trend for modern cuisine around the globe. Paul Richardson's vivid and infectious account takes us beyond the cliches of paella, gazpacho and oranges to tell the real story of the mouth-watering food of Spain and the fascinating patchwork of identities that make up this colourful, tradition-rich country.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 32mm | 557.92g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747588031
  • 9780747588030
  • 725,712

About Paul Richardson

Paul Richardson has owned and managed a small farm and vineyard in Spain for the past fifteen years. He is also the author of Our Lady of the Sewers: And Other Adventures in Deep Spain, Cornucopia: A Gastronomic Tour of Britain, Indulgence: Around the World in Search of Chocolate, and Williams-Sonoma Barcelona.show more

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'This is, first of all, a really good book about Spain, and the atmosphere of beautiful and ingenious novelty which pervades its traditional life. It is also a serious and well-informed account of one of the great and abiding delights of Spanish life, its food, which reflects a country's regional variety, its history and its addiction to pleasure.' Colm Toibin 'Richardson knows stuff about Spain we fly-by-nights can only guess at.' Guardian Praise for OUR LADY OF THE SEWERS: AND OTHER ADVENTURES IN DEEP SPAIN: 'Witty and knowledgeable fascinating.' The Times 'Puckish, witty, casually erudite delivers acute and sharply observed portraits of both people and places' TLSshow more

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