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Pizarro's infectious enthusiasm for Spanish cooking permeates every page. His message couldn't be simpler - use fresh, good-quality, seasonal ingredients and they will speak for themselves. Season by season, he explores his favourite ingredients from different Spanish regions (illustrated with beautiful location photography), the culture and history behind them and how best to use them with his exceptional recipes. With anecdotes about typical Spanish pastimes and stories from his youth growing up on a farm in Extremadura, this is a truly Spanish approach to the cuisine, which has integrity and charm. Try a Pea Soup with Serra Ham to welcome spring, add extra virgin olive oil, lime juice and black pepper to the most ripe of summer fruits to bring out their flavour and create some authentic Spanish meatballs to warm you in winter - these are recipes that you will turn to again and again for any occasion.
Jose Pizarro's first head chef job was at El Meson de Dona Filo, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain. He then worked as Head Chef at Eyre Brothers restaurant followed by running the kitchens at the Brindisa restaurants. His latest venture, the tapas and sherry bar Jose, recently opened in London, and will be joined by a new restaurant in October 2011. He regularly appears on Saturday Kitchen and is going to be on Rick Stein's new series.