The Book of Tapas

The huge popularity of Spanish food has grown even more following the publication of the iconic 1080 Recipes, and the best-loved type of Spanish food is tapas. Tapas consists of appetizing little dishes of bite-sized food, usually eaten before or after dinner, and it has become a Spanish way of life. Served in bars all over Spain, good tapas is all about the perfect marriage of food, drink and conversation.

My mom will be the first to tell you that I am not a cook. My mom is a cook through and through but I am certainly not. Recently though I have been trying, mostly because during quarantine I have no other choice. I bought this book while out with my parents for dinner at Little Spain in Manhattan and I finally opened it last week, months after it came home with me. Not only are the recipes easy to follow and delicious but they're also comforting. My whole family is Spanish and not being able to eat their food once a week like I do during normal circumstances is hard. I also am missing Spain more than ever, especially as I wait to see if I'll even be able to go this summer. To me the most important thing about cooking is that it should bring you happiness. For me the only way cooking sparks joy is by channeling my culture and my family with every dish. But my tortilla is definitely no where near up to my grandma's standards. Which means I guess I'll just keep trying.

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