The Little Tapas Book



Tapas, or little snacks, may have originated in Spain, but the custom of lingering over three or four delectable mouthfuls – empanadillas, perhaps, or chilli olives, say – with a glass of wine or two has been happily embraced in countries all around the world. With more than 60 recipes to choose from, inspired by Spanish cuisine and many others, this little book of tempting goodies will keep the tradition alive and well. Choose a few, or make a meal of them. This title offers: more than 60…

Why Italians Love to Talk About Food



Italians love to talk about food. The aroma of a simmering ragu, the bouquet of a local wine, the memory of a past meal: Italians discuss these details as naturally as we talk about politics or sport, and at least as animatedly. In Why Italians Love to Talk about Food, Elena Kostioukovich explores the phenomenon that first struck her as a newcomer to Italy: the ‘culinary code’ or way of talking about food. In doing so, she captures the fierce local pride that gives Italian cuisine its…

The Taste of Portugal



Very unfairly, the cuisine of Portugal remains largely unknown outside Portuguese-speaking communities. Perhaps it is presumed to be too much a poor relation of Spanish food to be worth exploring. If so, it is a pity, for, as Edite Vieira demonstrates in her classic The Taste of Portugal–now reissued by Grub Street–it retains a distinctive, vibrant identity. Among the very interesting characteristics of Portuguese food are the presence, uniquely in Europe, of fresh herb coriander as a…