The Basque Book

  • Filename: the-basque-book.
  • ISBN: 9781607747628
  • Release Date: 2016-04-19
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Alexandra Raij
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press



Whether it’s a perfectly ripe summer tomato served with just a few slivers of onion and a drizzle of olive oil, salt cod slowly poached in oil and topped with an emulsion of its own juices, or a handful of braised leeks scattered with chopped egg, Basque cooking is about celebrating humble ingredients by cooking them to exquisite perfection. Chefs Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero are masters of this art form, and their New York City restaurant Txikito is renowned for its revelatory preparations of simple ingredients. In this much-anticipated and deeply personal debut, Raij and Montero share more than one hundred recipes from Txikito—all inspired by the home cooking traditions of the Basque Country—that will change the way you cook. Dishes like Salt Cod in Pil Pil sauce have fewer than five ingredients yet will astonish you with their deeply layered textures and elegant flavors. By following Raij’s careful but encouraging instructions, you can even master Squid in Its Own Ink—a rite of passage for Basque home cooks, and another dish that will amaze you with its richness and complexity. The Basque Book is a love letter: to the Basque Country, which inspired these recipes and continues to inspire top culinary minds from around the world; to ingredients high and low; and to the craft of cooking well. Read this book, make Basque food, learn to respect ingredients—and, quite simply, you will become a better cook. - Food & Wine Magazine, Editor’s picks for Best of 2016

The Basques the Franco Years and Beyond

  • Filename: the-basques-the-franco-years-and-beyond.
  • ISBN: 0874170575
  • Release Date: 1979-01-01
  • Number of pages: 434
  • Author: Robert P. Clark
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press



Franco wreaked havoc on the people of the Basque Country--at one time, it was against the law to even speak any dialect of Basque. This book looks at the emergence of Basque nationalism during the years of Franco's reign and after his death and highlights the struggle between classes and ethnic identity.

The Basques the Catalans and Spain

  • Filename: the-basques-the-catalans-and-spain.
  • ISBN: 0874173620
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 312
  • Author: Daniele Conversi
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press



Daniele Conversi's book is a comprehensive introduction to Basque and Catalan nationalism. The two movements have much in common but have differed in the strategies adopted to further their cause. Basque nationalism, in the shape of the military wing of ETA, took the path of violence, spawning an efficient terrorist campaign. Catalan nationalism, by contrast, is generally more accommodating and peaceful. Daniele Conversi examines and compares the history, motives and methods of these movements, considering the influence of such intertwined aspects of nationalist mobilisation as the choice of language, race and descent as core values; the consequences of large-scale immigration; and the causes and effects of political violence.

The Basques

  • Filename: the-basques.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015041040778
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Number of pages: 165
  • Author: Luis C. Núñez
  • Publisher:



This is an introduction to the Basque Country for the student and the general reader. Providing comprehensive coverage of this region of Europe, the book traces the political, cultural and linguistic history of the Basque Country and its struggle for independence.

Life and Food in the Basque Country

  • Filename: life-and-food-in-the-basque-country.
  • ISBN: 9781461733133
  • Release Date: 1998-04-22
  • Number of pages: 185
  • Author: Maria Jose Sevilla
  • Publisher: New Amsterdam Books



Ask any Spaniard where you will find the best food in the country and the answer is invariably the Basque provinces. In this beautifully written book, Marìa José Sevilla describes the region through the eyes of men and women whose lives embrace every aspect of its cooking and culinary traditions, and records the recipes she has learned from them. The author takes us from market to caserìo, or farmstead, and shows how the strength of Basque cuisine comes from the quality and range of local produce: superb fish from the Cantabrian coast, cheeses and wild mushrooms from the mountains, and vegetables and fruit—including apples for cider-making—from the caserìos of the valleys. Through her portraits of a fisherman, a craftsman of wooden cheese-making utensils, a wine producer, and a young city housewife, the author shows the historical influences and fierce regional pride behind this distinctive culinary repertoire. Finally, three professional chefs take us into their kitchens, and show us how their superb cooking is based on rich popular traditions. More than eighty authentic recipes punctuate evocative descriptions of cultural and culinary traditions, making this an ideal book for the inquisitive traveler who enjoys good food.

Improvisational Poetry from the Basque Country

  • Filename: improvisational-poetry-from-the-basque-country.
  • ISBN: 0874172012
  • Release Date: 1995-01
  • Number of pages: 252
  • Author: Gorka Aulestia
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press



Improvisational Poetry from the Basque Country introduces the Basque bertsolari to the English-speaking world and provides an understanding of an interesting cultural phenomenon - the artist in Basque society who is capable of improvising verse on any subject spontaneously and setting it to music. The tradition is at least several centuries old and runs the gamut from amateurish efforts to periodic national championship competitions. These competitions draw thousands of listeners and pack theaters while many other thousands tune their radios to the broadcasts of the performances. A performance consists of a bertsolari, a live audience, and a challenge to put a specific theme into song. Within seconds the bertsolari is expected to create beautiful verse, set to music. The bertsolari's impromptu verses demonstrate his knowledge of the Basque language and history, as well as his ability to captivate an audience with fresh verse. Aulestia takes a scholarly and in-depth look at the art of the bertsolari. In a fascinating text, the author examines the history of a tradition that is truly unique and completely Basque. He introduces and analyzes the performing styles of great bertsolariak, including Xabier Amuriza and Jon Azpillaga. From the bertsolari's roots in the old Basque Country to the social phenomenon it is today, Aulestia's look at the improvisational oral literature of the Basques is an essential addition to their written history.

A Book of the Basques

  • Filename: a-book-of-the-basques.
  • ISBN: 0874173167
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Number of pages: 298
  • Author: Rodney Gallop
  • Publisher:



Rodney Gallop's study is the most comprehensive history of the Old World Basques available in English.

The Basque Table

  • Filename: the-basque-table.
  • ISBN: 9781458757586
  • Release Date: 2010-05-07
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Teresa Barrenechea
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com



In the Basque region of Spain, food and eating are the center of everyday life and the focus of endless conversation. This award-winning, internationally acclaimed cookbook presents 130 recipes for casual, elegant fare from this food-centric region's increasingly popular cuisine. With an emphasis on high-quality fresh ingredients, simply prepared, the Basque style of cooking fits right in with today's back-to-basics focus on whole foods. For starters, there are plates full of pinchos, the Basque version of tapas, including Eggs Stuffed with Anchovies and Tuna, and Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Pinchos. Among main courses, there is a wealth of light and healthy fish and shellfish fare including Cod-Stuffed Piquillo Peppers with Biscayne Sauce and Red Snapper Guernica-Style, and rustic and hearty meat and chicken dishes such as Top Loin of Pork Cooked with Milk, Chicken Breasts with Garlic and Parsley, and Venison with Red Currant Sauce. Soups, stews, salads, and sides round out the feast.

Globalization and Nationalism

  • Filename: globalization-and-nationalism.
  • ISBN: 963977653X
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 209
  • Author: Natalie Sabanadze
  • Publisher: Central European University Press



Argues for an original, unorthodox conception about the relationship between globalization and contemporary nationalism.

The Basque History Of The World

  • Filename: the-basque-history-of-the-world.
  • ISBN: 9781448113224
  • Release Date: 2011-09-30
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Mark Kurlansky
  • Publisher: Random House



The Basques are Europe's oldest people, their origins a mystery, their language related to no other on Earth, and even though few in population and from a remote and rugged corner of Spain and France, they have had a profound impact on the world. Whilst inward-looking, preserving their ancient language and customs, the Basques also struck out for new horizons, pioneers of whaling and cod fishing, leading the way in exploration of the Americas and Asia, were among the first capitalists and later led Southern Europe's industrial revolution. Mark Kurlansky, the author of the acclaimed Cod, blends human stories with economic, political, literary and culinary history to paint a fascinating picture of an intriguing people.

The Basque Language

  • Filename: the-basque-language.
  • ISBN: 0874171555
  • Release Date: 1994
  • Number of pages: 462
  • Author: Alan Roy King
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press



The Basque language, unusual because it is not part of the Indo-Euroepan family, must be understood by anyone who wants to comprehend the Basques and their culture. This guide is the first practical introduction to the language available for the English-speaking audience.

Of Minds and Language

  • Filename: of-minds-and-language.
  • ISBN: 9780191562600
  • Release Date: 2009-01-29
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Author: Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford



This book presents a state-of-the-art account of what we know and would like to know about language, mind, and brain. Chapters by leading researchers in linguistics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, cognitive neuroscience, comparative cognitive psychology, and evolutionary biology are framed by an introduction and conclusion by Noam Chomsky, who places the biolinguistic enterprise in an historical context and helps define its agenda for the future. The questions explored include: What is our tacit knowledge of language? What is the faculty of language? How does it develop in the individual? How is that knowledge put to use? How is it implemented in the brain? How did that knowledge emerge in the species? The book includes the contributor's key discussions, which dramatically bring to life their enthusiasm for the enterprise and skill in communicating across disciplines. Everyone seriously interested in how language works and why it works the way it does are certain to find, if not all the answers, then a convincing, productive, and lively approach to the endeavour.

Bilbao and the Basque Lands

  • Filename: bilbao-and-the-basque-lands.
  • ISBN: 1860114008
  • Release Date: 2008-05
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Dana Facaros
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers



Bilbao has undergone an amazing rejuvenation in the past few years, becoming an international centre of art and culture. The book reveals the features of this rejuvenation and gives details on the city's bars and restaurants, and places to stay.

The Basque Poetic Tradition

  • Filename: the-basque-poetic-tradition.
  • ISBN: 0874172837
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 262
  • Author: Gorka Aulestia
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press



This volume introduces readers to the history of Basque poetry from Bernard Detxepare (1545) to the Basque Country's modern writers. These essays include a survey of Basque poetry and discussions of the oral tradition of bertsolaritza in the context of the Basque diaspora.

Towards a History of the Basque Language

  • Filename: towards-a-history-of-the-basque-language.
  • ISBN: 9789027285676
  • Release Date: 1996-01-01
  • Number of pages: 365
  • Author: José Ignacio Hualde
  • Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing



Questions related to the origin and history of the Basque language spark considerable interest, since it is the only surviving pre-Indo-European language in western Europe. However, until now, there was no readily available source in English providing answers to these questions or giving an overview of past and current research in this area. This book is intended to partly fill this void. The book contains both state-of-the-art papers which summarize our knowledge about particular areas of Basque historical linguistics, and articles presenting new hypotheses and points of view based on hard evidence and careful analysis. All contributors to this volume have demonstrated expertise in the topic within Basque historical linguistics that their chapter addresses. Two classical articles by the late Luis Michelena are included in English translation. In addition, the book includes studies on diachronic phonology, morphology and syntax. The relation of Basque to other languages is also investigated in a couple of chapters.

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