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Spanish Tapas introduces you to wonderful Spanish snacks. Tapas is a Spanish way of life. It is a taste of the sunshine and relaxation that people crave. The key to making good tapas is to use the correct ingredients and these are detailed in the book together with alternatives you can use. There are forty tapas recipes for you to make so that you can produce fantastic Spanish tapas yourself.

Using the recipes in the book you will be able to put together a range of tapas dishes for your own pleasure and for entertaining guests at parties and family get togethers. Tapas recipes don't have to be difficult, and this book shows you plenty of easy ones so that you can quickly get into making the dishes. As you gain confidence you can mix in some more difficult recipes so that you will think that you are in a Tapas bar in Spain itself.

Spanish Tapas allow you to indulge in a little bit of Spanish life. You can make a relaxing evening consisting of fantastic food, good conversation and even a few glasses of your favourite Spanish wine. Tapas dishes provide an ideal alternative to the worn out finger buffet format. These little dishes of pleasure are great when you are entertaining family friends or even business colleagues. Your guests will be bowled over with your culinary ability. This is despite the fact that a lot of tapas dishes can be put together very easily moments before your guests arrive. There are such a range of tapas that can be created that you are sure to produce food that everybody can enjoy. If you want an alternative for entertaining or just want to be reminded of your lazy times on holiday in Spain you should make sure that you get this book and enjoy the real taste of Mediterranean life.

Published: Elisabetta Parisi on
ISBN: 9781301348442
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Various tapas

From their humble beginnings in Spain, tapas have become popular throughout the world with new tapas bars springing up everywhere. I even noticed recently that our local supermarket had its own range of tapas for sale. Add to this the number of people going to Spain on holiday, and having a real tapas experience, it is no wonder that there is a great interest in creating tapas at home, no matter where you live in the world.

There are a number of ideas about the origin of tapas. The word actually means ‘cover’ or 'lid'. One suggestion is that it started by people covering their wine glass with a slice of bread to stop fruit flies getting in. This then became a way of serving food. Another idea revolves around the fact that people in Spain usually eat standing up in bars and the plate was usually put on top of their drinking glass so that they could eat. Others think that some bar owners found that strong cheese could cover up the taste of bad wine and as a result offered free cheese slices when they were served wine. What ever their origin, tapas have evolved into both a way of life and a fantastic way to combine food and wine.

Anybody who has been to Spain can only be impressed by the array of tapas foods displayed in the many bars and the attitude of the Spanish when it comes to eating and drinking. The Spanish like to drink wine, and eating tapas between drinks means that they aren’t drinking on an empty stomach. In the past, farm workers ate the tapas and the wine and this allowed them to do something productive during the rest of the day. Another fact about Spanish life is that the main meal of the day is usually eaten late in the evening and may not take place until 10.00 pm. This means that there is a long period of time between lunch and the evening meal. Tapas are therefore a way of making it through this time. The wine and the tapas keep you going.

Madrid tapas bar

These days' tapas are more than likely to be little dishes or plates of food which are usually of a savoury nature. They can be served either hot or cold and can be taken as a small snack or even as a whole meal. They can consist of relatively simple things such as some olives, nuts or selections of meats and cheeses. On the other hand they can also consist of more complex foods such as cooked baby squid or meatballs. These small portions may also be put on slices of crusty bread. Another style of tapas is where the food is served on a small toothpick or cocktail stick. These are called pinchos and they help to stop the food slipping off the bread upon which they are served. These may also be called banderillas.

To eat tapas properly you have to take your time, and savour the experience. It is all about the different tastes and socializing. In most other countries people either go out drinking or eating substantial meals. The Tapas