Soltalk July 2017 - Page 49

BookTalk the Renaissance and the making of early modern Europe. It is packed with gossipy stories and colourful asides. piquillo peppers, and a wealth of other recipes from grilled hispi cabbage to baked cauliflower with salted almonds, chilli and shallots. Two new Iberian cookery books are listed for July. The first is Modern Spanish Kitchen, by Joel Serra. Stunningly photographed by Mexican fashion photographer Also Chacon, Serra’s first cookbook offers a vibrant, fresh take on Catalan and Spanish cooking by a charismatic young antipodean chef with Catalan roots. The 80 recipes offer both a beginner’s guide to eating and drinking like a local in Barcelona and Spain, with fresh takes on Spanish favourites such as fideuá with squid ink, allioli, pulpo gallego and leche merengada, as well as inspiration for those wishing to experiment. The Netherlands gave gin to the world, the British invented gin and tonic, but Spain has set about adding flair to the classic G&T. In Gin Tonica (l), David T Smith provides 40 recipes for Spanish-style gin and tonic cocktails: aromatic, refreshing, delicious and a feast for the eyes. A beautiful cocktail with a variety of herb and flower garnishes is made with a premium gin and the best quality tonic water. The gin tonica craze started in northern Spain. In the Basque country, tipplers are presented with a cart teeming with gin and tonic options to create their own bespoke drinks. 501 Spanish Verbs (p), the bestselling Spanish verbs reference book just got better. The eighth edition shows students and travellers exactly how to use the 501 most common and useful Spanish verbs in all 15 tenses and moods. Each verb is alphabetically listed in easy-to-follow chart form, one verb per page with its English translation. Sabor (l) is by Michelin-starred Nieves Barragán Mohacho, head chef at Barrafina, the world-famous tapas restaurant in London, UK. Here, the Basque-born chef presents food she likes to cook when off duty; dishes that she grew up eating and which she still makes for friends and family. The recipes range from hearty dishes such as braised Iberian pork ribs, chorizo and potato stew, seafood skewers, clams in salsa verde, stuffed Key: (l) hardback or large paperback (p) small paperback. 47