Well, these recipes are not from Spain exactly, but from the eponymous chain of fine Spanish restaurants that dot the Connecticut landscape. The original Barcelona wine bar sprung up in the fertile grounds of Southern Norwalk (SoNo, to those in the know) as the city was renovating its attractive old seaport waterfront. In short order the restaurant has expanded to several fine dining restaurants, all providing a touch of Latin love to a very appreciative audience. With The Barcelona Cookbook, the authors hope to extend their reach to all those who love a little tapas with their Tempranillo.

The book is filled with great recipes, but there’s a lot more. Stories about the chefs' purveyors and inspirations really give you an idea of how passionate these folks are about food, wine, and celebrating life. In fact, one of the most attractive parts of the book is a great little rundown of menus for parties; their mouthwatering entrée recipes make me want to start planning a full-scaled Spanish fiesta.

Meet the Authors

Sasa Mahr-Batuz, a native of Argentina, has been in the restaurant business since 1993. He is in charge of the design and concepts for Barcelona restaurants. Andy Pforzheimer has worked as a chef and restaurant developer in France, California, and New York City. Both authors live in Norwalk, CT.

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