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Ferran Adrià’s lavish tale sates our curiosity, but not our appetite

The greatest chef in the world doesn't do much cooking in Wetzel's film.

A new documentary follows the world’s most celebrated chef at work in El Bulli restaurant. It gives a fascinating glimpse of Adrià and his methods, but don’t expect kitchen high-drama.

February 16th, 2012 | Posted in Culture, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Catalan cuisine faces the future by returning to its roots

Back to the future: Much cutting-edge Catalan cuisine refers to its rich past, such as this dish from Mam i Teca restaurant

In recent years, Catalonia’s chefs have become renowned across Spain and around the world for their molecular gastronomy. But many chefs in the north-eastern region are now moving in a more traditional direction.

January 9th, 2012 | Posted in Culture, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

A half-baked theory on the great croissant controversy

The recent debate about the woeful state of Spanish croissants has unleashed some passionate views. But doesn’t it also tell us something about Spain’s complex relationship with France?

March 8th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »



Cod preserved in thick layers of salt, providing a unique flavour and texture. Traditionally done as a way to store fish – though much of it now comes from Norway and Iceland – the dish remains popular all over Spain but especially in the Basque Country and Catalonia. In the latter region bunyola de bacalla […]

March 6th, 2011 | Posted in Food | Read More »

Pa amb oli / tomàquet

Pa amb oli

Bread with olive oil (pa amb oli) or bread with tomato (pa amb tomàquet)? Actually, the two dishes are usually the same – rustic bread rubbed with olive oil and tomato and seasoned with garlic and salt, perhaps topped with a slice of jamón or manchego cheese. The difference lies in the name: the former […]

March 6th, 2011 | Posted in Food | Read More »



The iconic dish of Spain. The food version of flamenco. And, like flamenco, there are as many styles as there are people to make it. Home-cooked, anyone will tell you is always the best, though exactly what should go in and what should stay out is the source of dinner-table discussions everywhere. The main variety […]

March 6th, 2011 | Posted in Food | Read More »

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