Travel to Spain Without Leaving Your Kitchen

You may have canceled or postponed travel plans this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop your wine and culinary journey completely. Explore what Spain has to offer without stepping foot outside of your kitchen.

In this guide, we share cookbooks, charcuterie kits, glassware and much more to help you appreciate all that Spain has to offer from the comfort of your own home.

The New Paella Cookbook: Delicious One Pot Dinners from Spain

When getting dinner ready on a busy weeknight, the last thing you want to do is spend time washing the mountain of dishes that inevitably accumulates while cooking. But thankfully there’s The New Paella Cookbook, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018, which has more than 90 filling recipes including hot tropical paella, no rice paella and many more. According to the publisher the “style of cooking used in this cookbook is effortless,” and you’ll only need one pot, so no need to spend hours after dinner scrubbing dishes.

If you want to try your hand at other Spanish meals, be sure to check out The Food of Spain, Ecco, 2011, by Claudia Roden, a James Beard Award-winning author. In this cookbook, you’ll discover hundreds of recipes from across the country.

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BK Steel Carbon Steel Fry Pan

Now that you’ve got your perfect paella recipe picked out, you’ll need the perfect pan to cook it in. According to NPR, you should avoid cast-iron and nonstick pans and instead opt for carbon steel, which you can find at Food52.

You have an option of four different sizes ranging from 8 inches–12 inches. Each one comes pre-seasoned and is even strong enough to withstand metal cooking utensils. When you’re done cooking up your dinner, simply wash these pans out with hot water and a soft sponge for an easy clean.


Zalto Sweet Wine Glass

A fortified wine made from grapes in the denominated region in Spain, Sherry is a Spanish specialty, so not only will you want to have a bottle on hand, but you’ll want to make sure you have the proper glassware to enjoy this drink.

This is where the Zalto Sweet Wine Glass comes in handy. These hand-crafted glasses are built to balance the power and sweetness of Sherry. And once you’re done sipping, these glasses can be thrown in the dishwasher for an easy clean.

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Zalto Denk’Art Three-Pack Wine Glass Set

With nearly 3 million acres of grapevines, Sherry is far from the only wine you should be enjoying from Spain. But if you plan on opening a bottle of the country’s Tempranillo or Albariño, for example, make sure you have the right glassware to enjoy these wines to their full potential.

Each hand-crafted Zalto glass is built to beautifully exhibit the finesse and smooth character of a wide range of wines. And you can put them in the dishwasher to make cleanup a breeze.

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Marble and Solid Acacia Wood All-In-One Lazy Susan Cheese Board (14 Piece Set)

Along with being able to personalize with your name and year, this board is 20 inches in diameter, so it’s big enough for plenty of meats, cheeses, nuts and just about anything else you could want for your charcuterie board.

In the center of the board, you’ll find a removable marble slab, which not only allows you to store rich, soft cheeses in the fridge until it’s time to serve, but it’s also easy to wipe down once you’re finished. The kit always comes with three cheese knives, three ceramic bowls and much more. But the best part? This board also acts as a Lazy Susan, so you can access your spread’s goodness no matter where at the table you’re sitting.



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Olympia Provisions European Entertainer Gift Box

You’ve got the board, but now you need provisions to fill it with, and this gift box has you covered. Made in the United States, inside each package you’ll find Rustic Bakery’s Sea Salt Crackers, Cypress Grove Cheese, salami and much more.

You can also check out this kit, which highlights the best of French charcuterie. Inside, you’ll find creamy pâté, liver mousse, and salami.

Once you feel ready, be sure to check out our ultimate charcuterie guide, which will not only help you build a delicious board but find the perfect wines to match with it.


Charcuterie Slicer

You’ve got your board, charcuterie and now, make sure you have the tools to prepare everything with. The stainless steel blade is perfect for chopping through cured meats and cheeses. When you aren’t prepping a charcuterie board, the slicer can also act as the perfect vegetable chopper as well.


Tapas: The Little Dishes of Spain: A Cookbook

Tapas are a time-honored tradition in Spain. And now, you can bring the best of these bite-size plates to your kitchen with Tapas: The Little Dishes of Spain: A Cookbook, Knopf, 2007. Along with the history of Tapas, inside you’ll find a whole host of recipes ranging from chickpeas in onion sauce to mussels in white wine sauce. You can also check out Pintxos: Small Plates in the Basque Tradition,Ten Speed Press, 2009, which has 75 pintxos recipes with a California twist.


Published on September 10, 2020

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