Best Spanish Cookbooks

Spanish cuisine is more than tapas, but that does not mean that tapas cookbooks are missing in this top ten. But in addition, you can also find cookbooks about the different culinary regions of Spain that each have their own varied and fascinating cuisine. Discover some of it through this list.

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Top 10 van de beste Spaanse kookboeken

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Jose Pizarro
October 17, 2017
Catalonia: Spanish Recipes from Barcelona and Beyond

Spanish Recipes from Barcelona and Beyond

In Catalonia, José Pizarro shows readers how to create some of the best-loved dishes from the Catalonian region at home. Dispelling the myth that creating tapas and traditional Spanish fare is scary, he shows us how to take the experience of eating in the little bars of Barcelona to your own kitchen. Set to the backdrop of the stunning views of Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia, you'll really feel like you're on a magical holiday in Spain. The book also includes menus and drinks suggestions to help you plan, shop, cook and, most importantly, enjoy this wonderful way of eating and socializing.

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Katie Button
October 11, 2016
Best Spanish Cookbooks: Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen

 Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen

The vibrant flavors of Spain brought into the American home kitchen by a young lauded chef and founder of one of America's most acclaimed new restaurants

Katie Button debuts her first cookbook ever as a peek inside the kitchen of her award-winning restaurant, Cúrate. This cookbook features 125 recipes celebrating the vibrant flavors and broad appeal of Spanish food. Button brings the cuisine at Cúrate into the kitchen of every home cook, showing readers how to re-create classic Spanish dishes and adapt them using American seasonal ingredients.

From cherished traditions (Tortilla Española; Chicken Paella) to mouthwatering new favorites (Ham and Cheese Stuffed Fried Pork Chops; Ribeye Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce) to celebratory drinks and desserts (The Perfect Gin and Tonic; Almond Cake with Cream Sherry and Brandy), Cúrate brings Spain to you.

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Marti Buckley
September 4, 2018
Basque Country: A Culinary Journey Through a Food Lover's Paradise

A Culinary Journey Through a Food Lover's Paradise 

Named a Best Cookbook for Fall by the New York Times and Food & Wine

Tucked away in the northwest corner of Spain, Basque Country not only boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than any other region in the world, but its unique confluence of mountain and sea, values and tradition, informs every bite of its soulful cuisine, from pintxos to accompany a glass of wine to the elbows-on-the-table meals served in its legendary eating clubs.

Yet Basque Country is more than a little inaccessible—shielded by a unique language and a distinct culture, it’s an enigma to most outsiders. Until now. Marti Buckley, an American chef, journalist, and passionate Basque transplant, unlocks the mysteries of this culinary world by bringing together its intensely ingredient-driven recipes with stories of Basque customs and the Basque kitchen, and vivid photographs of both food and place. And surprise: this is food we both want to eat and can easily make. It’s not about exotic ingredients or flashy techniques. It’s about mind-set—how to start with that just-right fish or cut of meat or peak-of-ripeness tomato and coax forth its inherent depth of flavor. It’s the marriage of simplicity and refinement, and the joy of cooking for family and friends.

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Sally Davies
September 20, 2016
From the Source - Spain: Spain's Most Authentic Recipes From the People That Know Them Best (Lonely Planet)

Spain's Most Authentic Recipes From the People That Know Them Best (Lonely Planet)

Lonely Planet presents Spain's most authentic dishes - direct from the kitchens where they were perfected.

From family bakers to Michelin-starred chefs, Spain's best local cooks share their passion for food and their region's classic recipes - from tapas, pastries and cakes to soup, salads, stews, roasts and fresh seafood dishes.

Recipes include:

  • Escalivada - chargrilled vegetable salad
  • Lubina a la Mallorquina - Mallorcan-style sea bream
  • Paella Valenciana - chicken and rabbit paella
  • Cochinillo - suckling pig
  • Lechazo - roast lamb
  • Churros - fried dough sticks with chocolate
  • Pintxos - Basque tapas
  • Fabada Asturiana - Asturian bean stew
  • Gazpacho - chilled tomato soup
  • Tarta de Santiago - St James cake

And more!

In recent years regional Spanish cuisine has won attention and praise thanks to award-winning restaurants in Catalonia and the Basque Country (some of these restaurants are featured in From the Source Spain). Food in Spain is very closely connected to the country's regions, with local specialities based on regional ingredients, whether that's seafood, meat or vegetables. As a result, there's no better way of of getting to know Spanish culture than through its food (and wine).

From the Source Spain is the key that unlocks Spain's culinary secrets. With 60 recipes by leading local chefs, it takes us through this fascinating country, rich in history. We travel from Barcelona's fashionable bars for Catalan cooking to the getaway island of Mallorca (home of unique black pigs), then to the central heartlands around Madrid where tasty stews and roast lamb dominate. In the northwest regions of the Basque country, Asturias and Galicia, we discover Spain's most adventurous and contemporary cooking, as ambitious chefs conjure up new twists on classic dishes. And in the sun-drenched south of Spain we encounter interesting flavours and reminders of the Moors.

Hailed as 'a future classic', this series of books connects home cooks with the traditions of each country's regions. There are dishes for every ability, from artful pintxos snacks to simple and filling stews and soups. There is no better way to recapture those travel memories than by exploring this book.

Every recipe features an expertly written introduction and amazing and original on-site photography. Meet the chefs, encounter the region and history, see the food, and try the recipe!

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Jeff Koehler
September 21, 2006
La Paella: Deliciously Authentic Rice Dishes from Spain's Mediterranean Coast

Deliciously Authentic Rice Dishes from Spain's Mediterranean Coast

The most famous dish of the hottest cuisine in town right now, paella is as flavorful as it is festive. Longtime Barcelona resident and Spanish food expert Jeff Koehler fills us in on this cherished rice dish, from its origins to just what it takes to make the perfect one (even without an authentic paella pan). Thirty recipes range from the original paella valenciana, studded with chicken and rabbit, to his mother-in-law's Saturday shellfish special, to sumptuous vegetarian variations, to surprising soups and sweet takes. Stunning scenic photographs, shots of the finished dishes, plus a source list of unusual ingredients and special equipment round out this gorgeous homage to one of Spain's national culinary treasures.

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Penelope Casas
February 20, 2007
Tapas (Revised): The Little Dishes of Spain

The Little Dishes of Spain

Penelope Casas, who introduced the classic little dishes of Spain to American cooks more than twenty years ago, now gives us a splendid updated edition of that seminal book—with fifty exciting new recipes and eight full pages of new color photographs showing tapas in all their glory.

Here are all the appetizer dishes that have long been a tradition in Spanish cuisine—mélanges of seafood in aromatic sauces; little ragouts of meat, sausages, beans; colorful salads and marinades; the omelets called tortillas that enclose a variety of tasty tidbits; banderillas, zesty combinations on skewers; and empanadas, savory delights encased in pastry. The new recipes Casas includes reflect the influence of the innovative cooking in Spain today—dishes seasoned with soy sauce or balsamic vinegar; ingredients wrapped in flaky phyllo pastry; accents of goat cheese and arugula; foie gras in elegant presentations.

With Spanish cooking at the forefront of today’s cuisine, this “exceptional book by the leading American authority on the foods of Spain” (as Craig Claiborne dubbed it in 1985) is a must for every adventurous cook in America today.

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Claudia Roden
June 7, 2011
The Food of Spain

Discover Spain's culture and cuisine

Claudia Roden has spent five years researching and writing about the food of Spain, resulting in this definitive, passionate and evocative cookbook which takes in the different regions and looks at the history, the people and the culture at the heart of this country, and at that which binds it all together - the delicious food and recipes passed down through generations.

From simple, rustic tapas and delicately flavoured soups, to elaborate celebratory dishes served on silver platters and cakes and desserts each with a story to tell, this is the book about Spain to learn from and to cook from.

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Jose Pizarro
March 29, 2016
Spanish Cookbooks: Basque: Spanish recipes from San Sebastian & Beyond

Spanish recipes from San Sebastian & Beyond

Spanish natives are fiercely proud of their heritage, language, and their food and drink. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Basque country, an area in the north of Spain, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and France.

A major city within the region is San Sebastián, known for its rich mix of traditions which are deep-rooted in food and cooking. From its obsession with the perfect 'pintxos' (small tapas snacks), to holding the most Michelin stars per head than anywhere else in the world, there's plenty here for food-lovers. 

In Basque, José Pizarro shows readers how to create some of the best-loved dishes from this area at home, including traditional Basque dishes such as bacalao (salt cod with pisto and allioli), hake "a la plancha" with oven potatoes and Romesco sauce, and wild mushrooms with scrambled eggs. He dispels the myth that creating tapas and traditional Spanish fare is a laborious task, and shows you how to bring the great experience of dining in the little bars of San Sebastián to your own kitchen. Enjoy the renowned tapas dishes, such as croquetas (stuffed fried potato croquettes), tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette) and Jamón Ibérico (cured ham), along with fried scampi with mayonnaise, razor clams with seaweed, boiled egg with crab and mint. The food of this region is wonderful to share with your family and friends - but it's also about fun, informality, and not being a slave to your stove!

Set against the backdrop of the stunning views of San Sebastián and the rest of the Basque country, this book will whisk you to the heart of Spanish culture. José also shares menu suggestions to help you plan, shop, cook, and, most importantly, enjoy this wonderful way of eating and socializing.

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Matt Goulding
November 15, 2016
Grape, Olive, Pig: Deep Travels Through Spain's Food Culture

Deep Travels Through Spain's Food Culture

"Goulding is pioneering a new type of writing about food. His last book, Rice, Noodle, Fish, took an immersive approach to Japan that combined travel, social observation and food lore. His new book on Spain offers little cooking advice but an inquisitive foodie intellectual's experience." (Financial Times)

Crafted in the same “refreshing” (AP), “inspirational” (Publishers Weekly) and “impeccably observed” (Eater.com) style that drove Rice, Noodle, Fish, Roads & Kingdoms again presents a book that will change the way readers eat and travel abroad. The second in their series of unexpected and delightful gastro-tourism books, Grape, Olive, Pig is a deeply personal exploration of a country where eating and living are inextricably linked. As Anthony Bourdain said: “Any reasonable, sentient person who looks to Spain, comes to Spain, eats in Spain, drinks in Spain, they’re gonna fall in love. Otherwise, there’s something deeply wrong with you.”

Matt Goulding introduces you to the sprawling culinary and geographical landscape of his adoptive home, and offers an intimate portrait of this multifaceted country, its remarkable people, and its complex history. Fall in love with Barcelona’s tiny tapas bars and modernist culinary temples. Explore the movable feast of small plates and late nights in Madrid. Join the three-thousand-year-old hunt for Bluefin tuna off the coast of Cadiz, then continue your seafood journey north to meet three sisters who risk their lives foraging the gooseneck barnacle, one of Spain’s most treasured ingredients. Delight in some of the world’s most innovative and avant-garde edible creations in San Sebastian, and then wash them down with cider from neighboring Asturias. Sample the world’s finest acorn-fed ham in Salamanca, share in the traditions of cave-dwelling shepherds in the mountains beyond Granada, and debate what constitutes truly authentic paella in Valencia.

Grape, Olive, Pig reveals hidden gems and enduring delicacies from across this extraordinary country, contextualizing each meal with the stories behind the food in a cultural narrative complemented by stunning color photography. Whether you’ve visited Spain or have only dreamed of bellying up to its tapas bars, Grape, Olive, Pig will wake your imagination, rouse your hunger, and capture your heart

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Jose Andres
November 4, 2008
Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen

Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen

Americans have fallen in love with Spanish food in recent years, and no one has done more to play matchmaker than the award-winning chef José Andrés. 

In this irresistible companion volume to his public television show Made in Spain, José reminds us—in the most alluring and delicious way—that the food of his native Spain is as varied and inventive as any of the world’s great cuisines. To prove it, José takes us on a flavorful tour of his beloved homeland, from Andalucía to Aragón. Along the way, he shares recipes that reflect not just local traditions but also the heart and soul of Spain’s distinctive cooking.

In the Basque Country, we discover great fish dishes and the haute cuisine of some of the finest restaurants in the world. In Cantabria, famous for its dairy products, we find wonderful artisanal cheeses. In Valencia, we learn why the secret to unforgettable paella is all in the rice. And in Castilla La Mancha, José shows us the land of the great Don Quixote, where a magical flower produces precious saffron.

The dishes of Made in Spain show the diversity of Spanish cooking today as it is prepared in homes and restaurants from north to south—from casual soups and sandwiches to soul-warming dishes of long-simmered beans and artfully composed salads. Many dishes showcase the fine Spanish products that are now widely available across America. Many more are prepared with the regular ingredients available in any good supermarket.

With more than one hundred simple, straightforward recipes that beautifully capture the flavors and essence of Spanish cooking, Made in Spain is an indispensable addition to any cookbook collection.

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Penelope Casas
May 11, 1999
Paella!: Spectacular Rice Dishes From Spain

Spectacular Rice Dishes From Spain

From the best-selling author of Tapas: The Little Dishes of Spain and The Foods and Wines of Spain.

Unless they have traveled to spain, most Americans have never tasted a really good paella. What passes for paella at restaurants and even in cookbooks here is a pale imitation of the real thing, the vibrant Spanish rice dish that marries the robust flavors of olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, and pepper with short-grain rice, broth, and meat, fish, or vegetables. Penelope Casas is here to restore the glorious paella to its rightful place as a grain-based meal that will gratify the senses as well as be the centerpiece for easy, elegant entertaining.

Casas presents sixty different fascinating paellas, some traditional, some her own creation, showing how easily some of the preparation can be done ahead of time with supermarket ingredients. She includes a superior collection of tapas, the Spanish meal starters, two dozen simple desserts, and a handful of broths and sauces. Her passion for paella, her clear directions, and her creative pairings of fresh ingredients make this unusual cookbook a winner.

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Penelope Casas
November 4, 2014
1,000 Spanish Recipes

The legacy work by one of the most influential experts on Spanish cuisine Penelope Casas was one of the premier experts on Spanish food: She taught Americans about jamón serrano, Manchego cheese, and chorizo, in addition to countless dishes, from patatas bravas to churros. She wrote several acclaimed books, and 1,000 Spanish Recipes is her final work and legacy. It is the latest—and a very special—addition to the award-winning 1,000 Recipes series; in this unmatched collection of simple, precise recipes, she takes readers on a culinary journey of Spain from Galicia to Madrid to the Canary Islands. There is a wealth of options for tapas (including 18 Spanish omelets); soups (11 recipes for gazpacho); salads; main courses; vegetable, bean, and grain dishes (50 paellas!); breads; and desserts (20 types of flan). Icons for vegetarian recipes, special menus, and features on Spanish ingredients and dishes will engage and reassure cooks. This culmination of Casas’s 40-year career and lifelong love affair with Spanish food will be a treasured cookbook and guide.