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Culinaria Spain Paperback – October 15, 2008

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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.
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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,238,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This book is the best book on origins and locations of the ingredients of Spanish foods. Very thorough and well written. The recipes need more explanations but they are good in general. I assigned it only four stars because almost all of the book is written in such small print that to be able to read it, you'll probably need a magnifying glass.
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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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