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A Late Dinner: Discovering The Food Of Spain

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Paul Richardson takes an extended voyage around Spain to get to the heart of Spanish food and the culture of those who grow and cook it. He depicts the dramatic changes that have gripped Spanish life over the last quarter of a century, exploring the extremes of culture and food from the rustic to the avant-garde.
Paperback, 308 pages
Published May 5th 2008 by Bloomsbury UK (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jul 18, 2011 Veronica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: hispanophile foodies
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
This book is based on a deep knowledge of everyday life in Spain, which shines through most notably in the chapters on rural life (the author lives on a smallholding in Extremadura). He does a good job of explaining the differences between regions; and Spain is above all a country of very diverse regions. I liked the organisation too, starting on the coast, then going inland to rural Spain, and finally visiting cities. Some chapters were very evocative -- the one about Asturias immediately made ...more
This book is a little uneven. Some chapters, like one on Asturias, are great. He bored me when talking about Barcelona, which is one of my favorite cities. It's a book to dabble in, but not read cover to cover.
Apr 05, 2011 Kaye rated it liked it
Didn't really enjoy this as I expected to. The parts on the countryside of Spain and the traditional food were somewhat interesting. But once we got to the cities it was an extended restaurant review. Lots of culinary name-dropping. Ho-hum.
Jan 08, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking, spain
A gastronomic tour of Spain
Art Hare
Sep 15, 2008 Art Hare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spain really fascinates me. I must go there! This is a lovely book.
Ну что ж такое! Опять разочарование. Невзирая на мою огромную любовь к серии в целом и, что уж там скрывать, безграничную зависть к авторам Амфора Travel, в этот раз меня разочаровал именно автор книги.

Уж очень скучно и неинтересно Ричардсон рассказывает об испанском быте, а самое грустное - очень часто скатывается к ресторанам категории Michelin. Но у нас же не ресторанный справочник, ммм? Особенная любовь к этой серии является именно в том, что авторы описывают обычных жителей и обычную домашн
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Jul 03, 2014 Nickolai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Неоднородная книга. Когда автор пишет о традиционной испанской кухне, без всяких изысков и наворотов, у него это так вкусно получается, что прямо слюнки текут. А вот в главах, где основное внимание уделяется авангардной кухне и известным современным кулинарам, повествование становится скучным и рассчитанным не на простых людей, а на фанатов кулинарного искусства.
Sep 20, 2013 Olia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book! as long as I've been reading it, I felt the smell of all the food Paul was describing, and the taste of all the dishes. After reading the book my view on eating as a process and on the whole food empire has changed definitely. I wish there will be books about italian and french cuisines as well, written by Paul.
Really should be 3 1/2 stars -- I can't go to 4 as the author focused on hob-nobbing with celebrity chefs more than I would've liked; strongest point would be the regional variations within the country, which were covered well.
Dec 21, 2010 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Makes me want to go to Spain and eat.
Sep 17, 2008 Naki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an enchanting book that will take you to Spain.
Lara Sánchez
Jun 22, 2012 Lara Sánchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: passion-of-mine
the home cooking of España
Jun 01, 2014 Kristel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting facts mixed in among a lot of uninteresting stories that seem to be pointless.
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A Late Dinner: Discovering the Food of Spain by Paul Richardson (2008)
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Oct 15, 2012 Teresa D rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
A culinary guide and history of spanish food.I really enjoyed Paul Richardson describing his farm and foods in Extramedura so for me best part of the book was the epilogue,glossary and appendices !!
Entretenido viaje gastronómico por España, incluyendo entrevistas con cocineros, reflexiones históricas y culturales de distintos platos y pasión por la comida.
Lauren Simmons
Apr 30, 2013 Lauren Simmons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sensual, if verbose, journey through the cuisine of Spain. The historical sections can be tedious, but this is still excellent food writing.
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