Part history, part cookbook, this hunger-inspiring volume organizes over 250 recipes in eight courses from this diverse country, including tapas, rice dishes, entrees, and desserts. The book opens with an engrossing overview of Spain's remarkable geographical culinary background. The next section, "The Spanish Kitchen," carefully covers all the essentials needed to create dishes such as Andalusian Sizzling Garlic Shrimp. Each recipe is accompanied by background, and a bibliography as well as numerous, full-color photographs are included. Barrenechea is also author of THE BASQUE TABLE.