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A Guide to Wild Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar

 

Authors: Clive Finlayson, Geraldine Finlayson
 & Stewart Finlayson
ISBN: 9788489954977
Format: HB
Price: €25.00
Publication: October 2013
Publisher: Santana Books

A Guide to Wild Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar is a unique book that brings together the history of exploration of the Iberian Peninsula in the 19th Century with the current state of its wild places and wildlife. The authors re-trace the footsteps taken by British naturalists based in Gibraltar and Jerez over a hundred years ago. They explore the length and breadth of the peninsula, from the Strait of Gibraltar in the south to the Pyrenees in the north, and also take in the islands.

This exquisitely illustrated book is intended for all those with an interest in the natural history of Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar. It tells the reader where to go to find particular species and to witness natural phenomena like the migration of birds of prey. But it also tells how this has changed, often for the worse, but happily sometimes also for the better.

In essence, this book is a triumphant 21st Century snapshot of one of Europe’s ecologically richest lands.

Portuguese Homesytle Cooking

 

Author: Ana Patuleia Ortins
ISBN: 9781566567268
Format: HB
Extent: 288 pp.
Price: £25
Publication: April 2013
Publisher: Interlink Publishing
Distributor: Network Books Distribution,

 

Peppered with a lifetime of anecdotes from a passionate cook’s growing up in a Portuguese culture, Portuguese Homestyle Cooking draws us into an immigrant kitchen where traditional culinary methods were handed down from father to daughter, shared and refined with the help of the family and friends who watched, chopped, and tasted. The mouth-watering recipes in Portuguese Homestyle Cooking are of dishes prepared as they were in Portugal—but with the measurements standardized and perfected. The commonly used ingredients and methods are explained fully, so that novices and experienced chefs alike can prepare these savory dishes. Beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs of food and landscapes, Portuguese Homestyle Cooking is as much a pleasure to read as it is to cook from.

A first generation descendant of Portuguese immigrants from the Alto Alentejo region, Ana Patuleia Ortins grew up with the ethnic lore and traditions attached to the food of her ancestors. She holds a degree in culinary arts and teaches Portuguese cooking.

 

Portugal: Economic, Political and Social Issues

 

Author: António José Bento Goncalves
ISBN: 9781622574742
Format: HB
Extent: 214 pp.
Price: £124.99
Publication: Available
Publisher: Nova Science (Gazelle)

 

One of the oldest nations in Europe, Portugal has changed immensely over the past 40 years. The revolution of 1974, which established democracy, the decolonization, the negotiation and finally accession to the European Union and, most recently, the adoption of the Euro, have profoundly marked the past four decades and changed the entire structure of the country. This book outlines the present Portuguese economic, political and social issues of the new millennium.

Port and the Douro

 

Author: Richard Mayson
ISBN: 9781908984173
Format: HB
Extent: 416 pp.
Price: £30
Publication: Available
Publisher: Infinite Ideas

 

‘Richard Mayson is a champion of wine culture and a fresh authoritative voice in wine literature.’ Hugh Johnson

Port and the Douro is the first title in the Infinite Ideas Classic Wine Library. Written in an authoritative but entertaining manner by port expertRichard Mayson, this completely updated edition offers unparalleled insight into the world of port andDouro wines. From the history of viniculture inPortugal (the grape is thought to have been brought there by the Phoenicians) to the present day, this wonderful book offers the reader the inside story of these magnificent wines.

Mayson details the different styles of port, explains how they are made and by which producers. With vintage reports stretching back to 1896, an exploration of viticultural methods and an analysis of the leading quintas, Port and the Douro is an indispensable reference guide to the world’s greatest fortified wine.

Richard Mayson is an expert on port and Portuguese wines. He is the author of Portugal’s Wine and Winemakers and The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal and is a regular contributor to the Oxford Companion to Wine and Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine as well as to Decanter and Wine International.

Pessoa in an Intertextual Web

Editor: David G. Frier
ISBN: 978-1-907747-93-9
Format: HB
Extent: 200 pp.
Price: £45
Publication: January 2012
Publisher: Maney Publishing (Oxbow)

 

This volume brings together a number of experts at the forefront of Pessoa studies internationally, with chapters examining his literary relations with Italy, Spain, France, England and Portugal, as well as his contextualization in realation to major philosophers such as Kant and Nietzsche. It features essays examining his work from a range of perspectives to complement the multi-faceted nature of Pessoa himself (psychoanlaytical, philosophical, political and artistic) and it includes consideration of his prose masterpiece, The Book of Disquiet, as well of various aspects of his poetic oeuvre.

Al-Andalus Rediscovered: Iberia’s New Muslims

Author: Marvine Howe
ISBN: 978-1-84904-161-4
Format: PB
Extent: 240 pp.
Price: £18,99
Publication: December 2011
Publisher: Hurst & Company

 

Iberia is a special place of colliding myths over its Islamic past and the Christian reconquista, the Inquisition and massive expulsion of Muslims and Jews some five centuries ago. Long a land of emigrants and explorers, it has now become home to Europe’s latest, rapidly growing Muslim communities. Al-Andalus Rediscovered focuses on Iberia’s new Muslims, and their lives in a largely Roman Catholic region. Also featured are the Spanish and Portuguese officials, academics, NGOs and ordinary citizens who are trying to find better ways to integrate Muslims and other immigrants, despite domestic and European pressures for tougher counter-measures.

This book seeks to answer the basic questions: whether an Iberian model of a humane immigration policy is possible in ‘fortress’ Europe and whether the partisans of the Andalusian spirit of tolerance and diversity can prevail at this time of economic hardship and heightened radicalism in both the Islamic World and the West.