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A SEASON IN SPAIN by Ann Walker

A SEASON IN SPAIN

By Ann Walker (Author) , Larry Walker (Author)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-671-69662-9
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

 Travelogue, cookbook, wine guide, diners' journal, and a sampling of annual festivals: Region by region and season by season (grape harvest, pruning, bud-break), the Walkers (he: a San Francisco food-and-wine writer; she: a caterer) trace their travels and recall with enthusiasm and style the friendly people, delicious food, memorable encounters, vineyards and cellars and wine. Along the way, they entertain with stories--of gypsies blamed for stealing the bathroom in a bar; of a man who made his living teaching English to the whores of Barcelona--and they enlighten about local foods (traditional and new) and wine (down to the different approaches to barrel-aging in Spain and California). A random sampling of the recipes might turn up olive sauce, Basque tuna with potatoes, salmon in saffron sauce, rabbit with snails, and salt cod in a soup, in a splendid flan, or in pastry puffs. They're quite simple to make, although, occasionally, directions are mystifying. (One recipe says to ``cut the eggplant into quarters lengthwise,'' bake 20 minutes, ``split open their tops lengthwise,'' sauce, and continue baking. Another calls for an 11- inch slice of bread.) A compelling inducement to cook--or to book a flight to Spain. (Maps, line art.)