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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.

José Andrés:
Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen

Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America

Colman Andrews
Catalan Cuisine

Pepita Aris
Recipes from a Spanish Village

Spanish Food and Cooking

The Spanish Kitchen

Tapas & Traditional Spanish Cooking: The Authentic Taste Of Spain

Teresa Barrenechea
The Basque Table

The Cuisines of Spain: Exploring Regional Home Cooking

Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow
Spain...A Culinary Road Trip

Penelope Casas
Tapas (Revised): The Little Dishes of Spain

Paella!: Spectacular Rice Dishes From Spain

The Foods and Wines of Spain

La Cocina de Mama: The Great Home Cooking of Spain

Elizabeth Cass
Spanish Cooking
(long out of print, this is still a favorite compendium of straight-forward recipes from all over Spain).

Jenny Chandler and Jean Cazals
The Food of Northern Spain: Recipes from the Gastronomic Heartland of Spain

Martha Rose Shulman and Dorling Kindersley
Spain and the World Table

Fiona Dunlop and Jan Baldwin
New Tapas: Culinary Travels With Spains Top Chefs

David M. Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson
A Drizzle of Honey: The Life and Recipes of Spain's Secret Jews

Clarissa Hyman
The Spanish Kitchen: Regional Ingredients, Recipes, And Stories From Spain

Sara Jenkins and Mindy Fox
Olives and Oranges: Recipes and Flavor Secrets from Italy, Spain, Cyprus, and Beyond

Jeff Koehler
La Paella: Deliciously Authentic Rice Dishes from Spain's Mediterranean Coast

Elisabeth Luard
The Flavours of Andalucia

The Food of Spain and Portugal: A Regional Celebration

Janet Mendel
Cooking from the Heart of Spain: Food of La Mancha

Cooking in Spain

My Kitchen in Spain: 225 Authentic Regional Recipes

Traditional Spanish Cooking

Maria José Sevilla
Life and Food in the Basque Country

Spain on a Plate: Spanish Regional Cookery

Marion Trutter
Culinaria Spain (Culinaria)

Sergio Vasquez
Fresh Spanish: Over 80 Healthy Spanish Recipes (Fresh...)

Anya Von Bremzen
The New Spanish Table

Books about Spain and Spanish Food and Wine

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.

John Barlow
Everything but the Squeal: Eating the Whole Hog in Northern Spain

John Crow
Spain: The Root and the Flower: An Interpretation of Spain and the Spanish People

Robert Hughes
Barcelona The Great Enchantress (Directions)

F. Xavier Medina
Food Culture in Spain (Food Culture around the World)
An academic approach that is nonetheless an interesting exploration of Spanish food history and the roots of regional cuisines.

James Michener
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.

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