'This book is not just about recipes from the Basque Country, it is about all of the wonderful ingredients you can find there, cooked in my style. It’s also about my experiences there, time that I have spent eating, talking and having an incredible time.' José Pizarro
The Basque region, on the Spanish-French border in Northern Spain, is one of Europe’s great gastronomic destinations. It is home to some of the world’s finest restaurants and boasts more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere else on the planet.
José Pizarro, the godfather of Spanish cooking, is the ultimate guide to the food, the people and the landscape. He leads you through San Sebastián’s old town, taking inspiration from traditional dishes and local ingredients, and adding his own unique twist. From the delicious bite-sized morsels known as pintxos – Basque-style tapas - to more hearty main meals and sumptuous desserts.
There are recipes for vegetables, fish and meat, including spinach and goat’s cheese croquetas, marinated white anchovies with jamón, baked crab and tomatoes and chicken stewed in cider and apples. Top this off with the traditional Basque fruit and almond cake pastel vasco or caramelized pears and hazelnut ice cream.
José dispels the myth that preparing tapas is tricky and shows you just how easy it is to prepare Spanish food at home. This is food to share with family and friends. He has also put together some menus and drinks suggestions to help you plan, shop, cook and, most importantly, enjoy this wonderful way of eating and socialising.
‘José’s recipes take us to the very heart of the best Spanish cooking.’ Rick Stein
‘José Pizarro has brought us the best from San Sebastián – the prime destination of food lovers from all over the world, where the Basque nueva cocina was born and where the lively tapas bars are one of the attractions.’ Claudia Roden