Perhaps the first cookbook of vegan recipes from Spain is aptly titled Vegan Recipes from Spain. Chef and author Gonzalo Baró embarks on a challenge to concoct vegan dishes from the land of ham and fish and cheese and calls upon both traditional and contemporary Spanish gastronomy for the recipes included. But, he most relies on his own creativity. From an interview with the chef:
I think creativity was the most significant element in the elaboration process, and the one that brought me the most headaches, given that I found myself in absolutely new territory. If I’m not mistaken, I think that this is the first book of vegan Spanish recipes ever published. Good ideas and inspirations almost never come when you sit down at the table with paper and a pen. I frequently came up with ideas at the most unexpected moments – while in the bathtub, or first thing in the morning. As with other European cuisines, animal products have an important presence in the Spanish recipe book, which is why the creative process was such an important part of writing this book. How do you manage to capture a country’s gastronomy without using meat, fish, eggs and dairy products, and also without losing its soul. It is no small task.
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