For over a decade New York City's famed Boqueria restaurants have been distilling the energy, atmosphere, and flavors of Barcelona, becoming a place where patrons share excellent wine and exquisite dishes. The Boqueria franchise has now spread to four New York City locations as well as to Washington, D.C. and I remember being in a cab last month driving by one of the locations and thinking I need to eat there (and I hope my copy of the book is waiting for me at home)!

Boqueria is named after the large public market in the Ciudad Vieja district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain which claims to be the best market in the world. A bustling market place filled with myriad stalls, bars and restaurants - all in one beautiful location, I am ready to go.

In Boqueria: A Cookbook, from Barcelona to New York, Chef Marc Vidal teams up with restaurateur Yann de Rochefort to tell the story of Boqueria, the restaurant and the food. Spectacular food photography transforms the simple Pan con tomate (Country bread rubbed with garlic, tomato, and olive oil) into something exciting and decadent. Vidal is a magician that gathers potato, egg and ham and churns out a humble masterpiece.

Continuing his wizardry, his portrayal of Barcelona is the catalyst that brings to us the hectic vibrancy of the stalls in the legendary fresh market one moment, delivering seafood dishes so tempting we can almost feel the sea breeze coming off the Mediterranean and splurging on desserts and drinks, the next. The book is organized by chapters as follows: The Classics, Salads, Eggs, Vegetables, Rice & Noodles, Seafood, Meat & Poultry, Desserts, Drinks and Bases with recipes that range from the simplicity of the appetizer shared below to a Spanish seafood platter with salsa Espinaler that is approachable and impressive. The measurements in this title are given in volume but oddly enough the seafood platter recipe also contains weight measurements. 

Boqueria also swings open the kitchen doors to reveal the fast-paced life of the restaurant, offering exciting glimpses of the locales that inspire it: the bars, markets, and cervezerias of Barcelona. Overall, this book will immerse the reader in the cuisine of Spain without a stamp on a passport or a visit to one of the restaurants - although I surely plan to do so on my next trip to New York.

Currently, the author has one book event this weekend.

Special thanks to Bloomsbury for providing me with a copy of this book for my review and for offering three copies to our members in the US and Canada in our contest below. EYB will provide one copy to members outside those two regions. 


Bacon-Wrapped Dates
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Makes as many as you like

Prep 20 minutes

Total 45 minutes

Four ingredients-one outstanding appetizer. These simple crowd-pleasers are so good that we haven't messed with them since we dished them out at our first friends and family pre-opening meal. Every single diner raved about these that first night. Ten years on, they still love them. Sweet dates and salty bacon are delicious enough on their own, but we stuff the dates with pungent Valdeón blue cheese and tender Marcona almonds for a knock-out punch of flavor.

You can make as many or as few of these as you'd like. Our Upper East Side prep cook, Rosa, made 25,383 of them last year! They're a great party dish as they're so quick to prepare. You can make them ahead of time and just pop them in the oven when you're ready to serve.

We enjoy a good date. We politely pass on the drier standard versions and opt for the bigger, sweeter varieties. Medjools are best, but Deglet Noors work too.

  • Medjool dates
  • Marcona almonds, roasted and salted
  • Valdeón cheese, or other mild creamy blue cheese, such as Gorgonzola
  • applewood-smoked bacon (½ slice per date)

You will need:

small skewers. We use 1 for every 3 dates, but you can skewer the dates individually or in pairs if you prefer. Soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a half sheet pan with foil.

Cut a slit lengthwise in a date and pull out the pit. Put 1 almond inside the date, then spread ½ teaspoon cheese in the cavity. Close the date around the stuffing, completely sealing the edges as tightly as possible by pressing the cut edges of the date together. Wrap half a slice of bacon tightly around the date; the slice should overlap itself by at least one full rotation. Repeat to make as many as you'd like.

Place three bacon-wrapped dates side by side, close together. Insert a skewer through them. Repeat with the remaining bacon-wrapped dates.

Place the skewers on the prepared pan, spacing them an inch apart. Bake, turning once, until the bacon is evenly browned and its fat is rendered, about 12 minutes each side.


The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and Canada. EYB will sonsor one winner outside those two regions.  One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • laureljean  on  5/16/2018 at 5:29 PM

    I know it sounds easy, but this one has everything I love in it. Olivada relish.

  • tcjanes  on  5/16/2018 at 5:30 PM

    Monkfish, shrimp, and clam stew.

  • catmommy9  on  5/16/2018 at 5:31 PM

    Eggs baked in sautéed summer vegetables (Huevos con pisto)

  • Kristjudy  on  5/16/2018 at 5:54 PM

    Salt cod and potato fritters

  • lpatterson412  on  5/16/2018 at 5:58 PM

    Seafood Paella!

  • kmn4  on  5/16/2018 at 6:29 PM

    Salt cod and potato fritters (Buñuelos de bacalao)

  • Nhcookingdiva  on  5/16/2018 at 6:43 PM

    Shrimp, clam, cuttlefish and fideos with squid ink. OMG!

  • ravensfan  on  5/16/2018 at 6:54 PM

    Chorizo and fried quail eggs on toasts (Cojonudo)

  • amyz218  on  5/16/2018 at 7:21 PM

    Spinach with garbanzos, raisins, and pine nuts. WOW!

  • southerncooker  on  5/16/2018 at 7:42 PM

    Sautéed corn with hot paprika oil and Manchego cheese

  • hirsheys  on  5/16/2018 at 10:32 PM

    Patatas bravas - Boqueria makes them better than any other tapas place I've been to!

  • jmay42066  on  5/16/2018 at 10:39 PM

    Romesco, this recipe sounds good

  • Angryyew  on  5/16/2018 at 11:27 PM

    country bread

  • JulieQC  on  5/17/2018 at 5:05 AM

    Tortilla española ....

  • vickster  on  5/17/2018 at 8:14 AM

    Steamed saffron mussels

  • sarahawker  on  5/17/2018 at 10:43 AM

    Red sangría (Sangría de vino tinto)

  • lgroom  on  5/17/2018 at 11:20 AM

    Huevoes con pisto

  • bjamison01  on  5/17/2018 at 11:24 AM

    Definitely the seafood paella!

  • Livia  on  5/17/2018 at 12:56 PM

    It has got to be the Chorizo and fried quail eggs on toasts (Cojonudo) :)

  • dbielick  on  5/17/2018 at 2:11 PM

    Seafood paella

  • sgump  on  5/17/2018 at 2:47 PM

    Spinach with garbanzos, raisins, and pine nuts (espinacas a la Catalana) sounds like something tasty I'd likely serve as a main dish over rice or couscous!

  • ktwalla  on  5/17/2018 at 3:27 PM

    Patatas Bravas

  • floridagld  on  5/17/2018 at 3:53 PM

    We are huge fans of all types of seafood, fish and shellfish. I would love to try the sea bass recipe. And, Pan con tomate because we also love fresh seasonal healthy fruit and veggies. thanks

  • mbhunt  on  5/17/2018 at 5:31 PM

    Apple Tart

  • contest718  on  5/17/2018 at 7:22 PM

    Salt cod and potato fritters & Caramel bread pudding (Budín de la abuela)

  • cora429  on  5/17/2018 at 7:24 PM

    Ensalada de hinojo y peras

  • MiMi60  on  5/17/2018 at 8:57 PM

    Grilled spiced lamb skewers (Pintxos morunos)

  • infotrop  on  5/18/2018 at 12:03 PM

    Spanish seafood platter with salsa Espinaler, though I may need to hunt around for cockles (alive alive-oh!)

  • matag  on  5/18/2018 at 6:13 PM

    Iberian ham croquettes

  • DarcyVaughn  on  5/18/2018 at 9:35 PM

    Gambas al ajillo

  • LaurenE  on  5/18/2018 at 10:14 PM

    Spinach with garbanzos, raisins, and pine nuts

  • t.t  on  5/19/2018 at 12:43 AM

    Roasted whole branzino with potatoes, onion, and peppers (Lubina al horno)

  • echarest  on  5/19/2018 at 5:13 AM

    Chorizo and fried quail eggs on toasts (Cojonudo)

  • Siegal  on  5/19/2018 at 3:15 PM

    I want to make seafood paella

  • Steben  on  5/19/2018 at 4:18 PM

    Charred eggplant, peppers, and onion with labneh (Escalivada)

  • Dannausc  on  5/19/2018 at 7:32 PM

    Iberian ham croquettes

  • Julia77  on  5/20/2018 at 3:47 AM

    Heirloom tomatoes with white gazpacho dressing

  • nomadchowwoman  on  5/20/2018 at 2:42 PM

    Sautéed wild mushrooms with aged Manchego cheese (Salteado de setas)--right up my alley.

  • RSW  on  5/20/2018 at 7:46 PM

    Toasts with tuna, piquillos, and caper allioli

  • v.t  on  5/20/2018 at 10:36 PM

    Blistered green peppers with coarse sea salt (Pimientos de Padrón)

  • SarahGelle  on  5/21/2018 at 9:13 AM

    I can't wait to make the Blistered green peppers with coarse sea salt with peppers from my garden

  • mpdeb98  on  5/21/2018 at 10:29 AM

    Caramelized cinnamon-citrus custard

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