The Book of Tapas, New Edition Simone and Inés Ortega

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Over 250 easy-to-follow authentic recipes to serve with drinks in typical Spanish style, or to combine as a feast to share

The ultimate guide to the most-loved Spanish food. With its appetizing dishes of bite-sized food, usually eaten before dinner, tapas and tapas culture are a Spanish way of life... and the most popular and convivial way to enjoy Spanish food. Served in bars all over Spain, good tapas comes from the perfect marriage of food, drink, and conversation.

The recipes are simple to prepare in any kitchen and yet utterly authentic, enabling any aspiring cook to make their first attempt at cooking Spanish food, or helping more experienced cooks to expand their repertoire.

Also included in this book are modern tapas recipes from some of the world's best-known tapas chefs, including Jose Andres, Albert Adrià, Albert Raurich, Jose Manuel Pizarro, and Sam and Eddie Hart. The book's authors, Simone and Ines Ortega, are the ultimate authorities on traditional cooking in Spain and have written about food for many years. Their book, 1080 Recipes: The Spanish Cookbook, has sold over two million copies and has been the ultimate Spanish cooking bible since its first publication.

Jose Andres, the chef widely credited with bringing tapas to America, has selected the recipes and written a new introduction about the tapas culture that has spread worldwide.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 270 x 180 mm (10 5/8 x 7 1/8 in)
  • Pages: 432 pp
  • Illustrations: 75 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714879116

With a career in food writing spanning 50 years, Simone Ortega was the foremost authority on traditional Spanish cooking, and contributed to countless newspapers and magazines.

Inés Ortega has written many cookbooks and collaborated with her mother on this and the bestselling Spain: The Cookbook.

José Andrés grew up in Spain and trained under Ferran Adrià at elBulli before moving to the USA, where he was one of the first chefs to introduce tapas to American restaurant-goers.

"We're excited about [...] perfecting our patatas bravas and garlic prawns - with recipes from the glossy new edition of Simone and Inés Ortega's Book of Tapas."—Sunday Times Travel Magazine

"An A-Z of Spanish ingredients, as well as tapa recipes by notable chefs around the world... The Book of Tapas will certainly satisfy every craving for tapas - at least until you can get back to Spain itself."—Amex Essentials

"An inspiring journey."—The Lady

"Back in print with a fitting introduction by none other than José Andrés, this celebration of tapas culture contains over 250 authentic recipes by the Spanish mother-daughter team also responsible for Spain: The Cookbook. From classics like gambas al ajillo to tortilla española, it offers everything a home cook needs to know about this beloved Spanish style of eating."—New Worlder

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