In the recent ’09 San Pellegrino “Worlds 50- Best Restaurants”, Spain raced off with four of the top ten positions. Art of Living visits two of them: Mugaritz and Arzak. We also visit Martin Berasategui at ‘el Goog’.
What we Love:
Of course we love Spanish wine and especially those from la Rioja. Until recent years there was little imported from Spain that tantalised and showed Spain at it grandest. That has changed rapidly the last couple of years.
We specially like the selection imported by Scott Wasley from the Spanish Acquisition. He or his staff can provide a notably individualistic, colourful and very well annotated list of new releases.
For a passionate local critique on all quirkily personal things pertaining to Spanish vino and gastronomía visit David Worthington’s Tinto y Blanco.
If you feel a yawning sense of ennui about food magazines, or magazines that should be about food but have a predilection for advertising watches and handbags, fur coats and posh cars, then be inspired by two outstanding food magazines, both from Spain.
Apicius is published by the extremely suave imprint Montagud Editores that has 100 years of experience publishing expert gastronomic titles. Available for the first time in English at a princely sum from fine book shops like Books for Cooks, it compliments their web site, and is spine tinglingly au courant with stunning production value.
Heston Blumenthal, the Roca brothers, Pierre Hermé, Quique Dacosta and Wylie Dufresne, among others, are some of the chefs that speak about their latest creations in the first edition of Apicius in English.
Spaingourmettour is an imprint published by the Spanish Trade Commission to promote Spain’s Food and Wine regions and products. Despite its more commercial orientation it too is exquisitely produced, informative, inspirational and a collectors desirable if you are passionate about Spain.