The newspaper El País published on 23/12/2013 the following article that I want to share with you.
Judging by the windows of the bookstores, it would seem that the Spanish are learning to eat. The avalanche of gastronomy and diet books (including those on magic enzymes) is such that the market is in danger of becoming saturated, with the usual sequel of surpluses that will return to warehouses to remain in torpor until, in a couple of years, reappear devalued in seasonal sales. As no one escapes, the proliferation of gastronomic and related books has a lot to do with some television programs and spaces with the presence of chefs and budding chefs who have achieved previously unthinkable audiences. A few years ago that segment of editorial production was discreet, but now we are buried under an avalanche of books by chefs, cooks and mindundis cooks of all laya. Some work commercially better than others, such as Yes chef (Espasa), which contains the recipes of the jury of MasterChef; Tapas, the kitchen of the Tickets (RBA) of Albert Adrià (who incidentally advertises his Barcelona "gastrobar"), or the very sold La pastry boutique (Blume) by Peggy Porschen, whose recipes cupcakes (another imported fashion) circulate rapidly on social networks. Well, I admit that those books interest me very little, but today I have been salivating while leafing through No more mom recipes (Plaza & Janés), an original cookbook with autobiographical comments, whose authors are three former “erasmus” (Marc Castellví, Adrià Pifarré and Carlos Román) who were given to eat well in Manchester —where it is not easy to do so— and who Later, they developed their experiences on a highly visited blog. As the goat pulls the mountain, the recipe that I liked the most is that of Kentucky Fried Rabbit (rabbit), but following his advice that "recipes are for skipping", I decide to take a trip to a nearby Colonel Sanders franchise and settle for the original chicken-based one. To lick your fingers.
Important novelties by Anglophone historians and Hispanists. Mr. World (Planet), from Hugh Thomas, complete the trilogy started with The Spanish empire: from Columbus to Magellan (2003) and continued with The Spanish empire of Carlos V (2010). The new volume focuses on Philip II (the "great procrastinator") when the most expansive phase of the Empire had already ended and the conquerors had given way to governors, administrators and bureaucrats. Thomas' trilogy - a historian who has always known how to interest the non-specialist reader - constitutes one of the most complete and agile panoramic views of the period, even though it may contain some simplifications and certain shortcomings that its primary audience, the cultured Anglo-American reader , you will not miss. Particularly interesting is the characterization of the monarch as an “enlightened despot” and extremely pious, capable of maintaining both a library of more than 14.000 volumes and a collection of almost 7.000 relics. The Spanish Armada (Past and Present), from Robert Hutchinson, incorporates and reelaborates with critical sense and amenity the most recent investigations by British and Spanish historians around an event previously contaminated by the nationalist instincts of historians from both sides, which has caused the persistence of myths in the collective imagination of the two countries. The also British Geofrey parker (who has repeatedly dealt with the same subjects as Thomas and Hutchinson) explores in The cursed century (Planet) the set of disasters that occurred on the globe during the second half of the XNUMXth century - famines, invasions, droughts, wars, political assassinations - and the influence that profound changes had on the development of the European economy and society climatic - "the little ice age" - that occurred in the first half of the century and contributed decisively to the duration of the crises. In the epilogue to the book ("It's the weather, stupid"), Parker finds certain parallels between the XNUMXth-century climate disasters and those of today, claiming that if a sequence of natural disasters of similar proportions occurred today "it would end the life of billions of people. "