Look What’s New: “the Food of Spain” (Penguin) by Claudia Roden
This was one of those books for me.
As you may know by now I am something of a ‘foodie’ and also like to travel a little via my interest in food and books, so this book, with its beautiful photographs and detailing of the cuisine of Spain by region ‘spoke to my heart.’
I also feel, looking at that glorious cover, that it is what Bookman Beattie would call a “handsome” book—and he would be quite right!
I love the cover and the whole wonderful look of the book, from the map of Spain and its regions on the inside front and rear covers (and the facing pages) and detail such as Spanish tile design around the border of the page introducing each section.
I know I am really, really going to enjoy reading it in detail even before I try out any of the recipes. But I will also make food from it: I always do.
If you’re interested, here are a couple of recent interviews with Claudia Roden, the first on the Food of Spain, the second an older interview from 2006:
Plus her Wikipedia entry, here.