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Product Details

  • Series: Culinaria
  • Paperback: 487 pages
  • Publisher: Ullmann (October 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0841603723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0841603721
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Book Description

Günter Beer discovered his passion for food photography while working on the Culinaria series. It is no wonder that he is especially enthusiastic about Spanish cuisine and culture—for years, he has lived, worked, and enjoyed the pleasures of eating and drinking in Barcelona. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Marion Trutter studied communication, Spanish literature, and American studies in Munich, Germany. She works as freelance journalist, author, and editor. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Günter Beer lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. He is a photographer, journalist and chronicler. Germany's most well- known food magazine, DER FEINSCHMECKER ("The Gourmet") writes that "his life reads like an adventure novel."

In 1982, he accompanied Joseph Beuys on a project called 7000 Eichen ("7000 Oaks"). He worked as a journalist in Rio de Janeiro for Jornal do Brasil, and reported on the civil war in Nicaragua crossing back and forth between the Sandinistas and the Contras.

Günter Beer sat in the mud with Venezuelan gold panners, he published the latest news from US military laboratories, took fashion photographs in Mexico, Majorca and atop the Matterhorn.

For Könemann Verlag in 1994 he photographed 255 culinary specialities from all over Europe in 180 days. His work has since focused on more than 20 international cookbooks.

Publications (Selection)

2011 GoVeggie! (.B-APPs)
2010 The Cook's Encyclopedia (.B-APPs)
2009 Italienisch Kochen (.B-APPs)
2008 Italien - Die Landestypische Küche (Ullmann)
2007 Andalusien Kitchen & Culture (G+U)
2006 Fisch & Seafood (ViaBene)
2005 Pasta (Via Bene)
2003 Salat (Kone)
2002 Witzigmanns Kreta Küche (Mosaik)
2001 Witzigmanns CrossOver Küche (G+U)
1999 Culinaria France
1998 Culinaria Italy
1998 Culinaria Spain
1997 Culinaria Southeast Asia
1995 Culinaria Europe

Customer Reviews

Pictures were amazing.
cookbook collector
I love this book and the entire series - covers the food culture of the country - what a fun book and great refernce guide to learn about Spanish food and culture.
Marcella, the Cheesemonger
Whether reading for enjoyment or trying to gain the insight to travel and dine with confidence, I can highly recommend this volume.
James Ellsworth

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Penumbra TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Culinaria Spain" is much more than a simple cookbook. As stated in the introduction, "To savor a nation's culinary customs is to experience the unfolding of an entire culture."

The people who bring you the Culinaria series want you to know that the food of a country reflects not only the geography, topography and climate, but also the history - all the peoples who have conquered, settled or passed through a country leave an impression.

While many people think of Spain and paella, there is much more to it. The people of the northern mountains certainly eat a more hearty fare than the people of the southern Mediterranean coast.

The book is divided by region to illustrate the various cuisine and cultures. For example, the empanada originated in Galicia as a kind of "fast food" for Christian pilgrims.

Culinaria gives you many wonderful recipes, many fun and interesting facts about the food and the regions. There are extensive sections describing wines, cheeses, olive oils, seafood, mineral water and more. The book is beautifully and lavishly illustrated with photographs, not only of prepared foods but of coastlines and mountains, markets, and beautiful Spanish faces.

This is a really nice book if you want to learn more about Spain than just a few recipes!

Highly recommended!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D B Crisp on December 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
REVIEW FOR THE RELAUNCH VERSION:

The relaunch is essentially no different in content than the original. The main changes are

- new pictures of some recipes

- more open feel with increased line spacing

- no more coloured backgrounds on pages

- general realignment of photos and text on pages.

Overall if you do not own it, it is probably easier to read than the original and better for vision impaired. If you own the original do not bother, all conent and recipes are the same. Personally I prefer the more rustic and warmer feel of the original.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By demari18 on December 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a cookbook for reading as well as for cooking! I have this book to thank for introducing me to Spain and its many fascinating regions. Regretfully, my knowledge of this country, its people and food are limited. Through reading Culinaria Spain, I now have a greater understanding and appreciation for the country.

Like all other books in the 'Culinaria' series, it is arranged in sections by region, not by food or meal type. I enjoy getting to know each area along with its history, people and foods together, rather than having a chapter on history, another on ingredients, etc. It gives a more complete picture of each region. And the pictures! Hundreds of color photos of a vast array of people, terain, fruits and vegetables, and so on.

I will be reading this book for pleasure, for reference and for making dinner for years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on August 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have loved the CULINARIA series from the very first volume that I was given as a gift. If you are interested in lerning the history and culture of Spain by learning about the food eaten there, this is the book for you.

The book is divided into chapters by geographic regions. Each region is described by the physical features that make it unique, the foods and ingredients that are special to it, and recipes are given for the dishes that define it. There are abundant sidebars about significant topics either historical, political or cultural in the region that have shaped the food or people.

Then there is the photography. Beautiful photographs of the landscape, detailed photographic charts of ingredients, appetizingly displayed prepared dishes, step-by-step series showing ingredients being made, and people lovingly portrayed going about their daily lives.

This book is BIG, no bedtime reading with this one, you won't be able to hold it up! If you love cookbooks for the way they tell the story of a country, the CULINARIA Spain is not to be missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Ellsworth VINE VOICE on March 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love European travel and I love the various cuisines of European countries. Enter the 'Culinaria' series and 'Culinaria Spain: Cuisine, Country, Culture.' The 'relaunch' version of this book provides some 480 large pages of text, color photos of food, food producers and countryside and a large number of classic recipes for iconic dishes from each of the major regions of Spain. There are useful, if general, maps. All of this is highly satisfactory for reading, viewing and dreaming. The basic organization of the book is Regional which serves very well to orient travellers to 'what's for dinner' in the specific regions they might visit on a given trip. Regions given special attention include: Catalonia, the Balearic Islands (Majorca, Minorca, etc.), Aragon, Navarre, Rioja, Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia, Castile-Leon, Madrid, Castille-La Mancha, Extremadura, Valencia, Murcia, Adalucia and the Canary Islands. Within each region, special products including, as appropriate, wines, cheeses, meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables are singled out for attention. Some cultural background is presented and glorious color photos are used for illustration and clear recipes are given. Most recipes can be closely approximated using ingredients found in larger American supermarkets and specialty ingredients can be purchased in Latino markets and online.

Short essays explore subjects such as: the Arab's Culinary Legacy, Don Quixote, Carnival Time in Tenerife, Fish in Spanish Cusine, the Tapas Culture, the Pilgrim's Road to Santiago de Compostela and so on. Text is clear and informative and it sets the stage for appreciating an area and its dishes.
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