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Cadogan Bilbao & the Basque Lands

Cadogan Bilbao & the Basque Lands

by Michael Pauls

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

With good maps as well as introductory chapters on the history and culture of the Basques, this guide covers Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona and Biarritz in detail. (SPN207, $21.95)

The Land of My Fathers, A Son's Return to the Basque Country

The Land of My Fathers, A Son's Return to the Basque Country

by Robert Laxalt | Joyce Laxalt

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 136 PAGES

A portrait of the Basque culture and people through the eyes of Robert Laxalt, who traveled through Basque country in the 60s. This book is based on Laxalt's journals and complemented by his wife's photographs. (FRN162, $21.00)

The Basque History of the World

The Basque History of the World

by Mark Kurlansky

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Kurlansky's engaging portrait of the seven provinces of Basque lands takes in everything from language to culinary heritage, role in the Spanish Civil War and seafaring traditions. (SPN116, $16.00)

Aquitaine Map 524

Aquitaine Map 524

by Michelin

  • MAP

A regional map of the Aquitaine region from Arcachon south to Pamplona, including Bordeaux and Biarritz, at a scale of 1:200,000. (FRN205, $11.95)

 
Basque Country, Navarra and La Rioja

Basque Country, Navarra and La Rioja


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2003
  • MAP

A regional map of Spain covering the Basque Country, Navarra and La Rioja at a scale of 1:250,000. (SPN204, $12.95)

Northern Spain Adventure Map

Northern Spain Adventure Map


by National Geographic Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A nicely detailed, overview map of the western(coastal) part of Northern Spain and the Way of St. James at a scale of 1:500,000. Extends as far east as San Sebastian. One Side. 33x49 inches. (SPN245, $11.95)

Eyewitness Guide Northern Spain

Eyewitness Guide Northern Spain


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

A literate, visually rich guide to Northern Spain from Galicia across Asturbias and the Basque Country to La Rioja to the Pyrenees. (SPN315, $25.00)

The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago, The Complete Cultural Handbook

The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago, The Complete Cultural Handbook


by David Gitlitz | Linda Kay Davidson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

A kilometer-by-kilometer guide to the route of St. James across northern Spain with copious information on the historical and artistic sites along the way. You probably won't want it in your daypack, but in your suitcase it will be invaluable for previews of the following day and reflections on the preceding one. (SPN137, $25.99)

Culinaria Spain

Culinaria Spain


by Marion Trutter

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 488 PAGES

Organized by region, this profusely illustrated guide to virtually all aspects of Spanish cuisine is full of recipes, tips and cultural information. (SPN416, $29.99)

Ferran

Ferran


by Colman Andrews

  • FOOD
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 321 PAGES

Co-founder and former editor of Saveur, Andrews portrays the great chef and the phenomenon he created at El Bulli. (SPN500, $16.00)

Life and Food in the Basque Country

Life and Food in the Basque Country


by Maria Jose Sevilla

  • FOOD
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 170 PAGES

A portrait of Basque life as seen through the people who practice its culinary traditions. Each chapter profiles the traditions and histories of the Basque butcher, fisherman, housewife, kaiku-maker (or society cook), with some traditional recipes. (SPN125, $14.95)

The Basque Table, Passionate Home Cooking from One of Europe's Great Regional Cuisines

The Basque Table, Passionate Home Cooking from One of Europe's Great Regional Cuisines


by Teresa Barrenechea

  • FOOD
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

A collection of 130 traditional recipes from the owner and chef of New York's Marichu. Barrenechea, who was raised in Bilbao, includes plenty of asides on Basque history, traditions and culture. (SPN218, $18.95)

The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain, A Regional Guide to the Best Producers and Their Wines

The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain, A Regional Guide to the Best Producers and Their Wines


by Jesus Barquin

  • FOOD
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A detailed and informative guide to ancient and contemporary winemaking in Spain's most prominent wine region. (SPN481, $39.95)

A Traveller's History of Spain

A Traveller's History of Spain


by Juan Lalaguna

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A swift survey from prehistory through the Romans, Goths and Moors to the present. (SPN06, $14.95)

Ghosts of Spain

Ghosts of Spain


by Giles Tremlett

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES

Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation. (SPN323, $19.00)

Spain, The Root and the Flower

Spain, The Root and the Flower


by John A. Crow

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 455 PAGES

Take this book with you to Spain: it's an absorbing, well-written account of Spanish cultural history from prehistory to the Romans, Jews, Moors, Golden Age and on to Franco and his legacy in modern Spain. (SPN13, $29.95)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

Wanderlust, A History of Walking

Wanderlust, A History of Walking


by Rebecca Solnit

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Solnit's wide-ranging, literate and thoroughly enlightening essays on the multiple means of walking touches upon, among many things, the origins of bipedalism, famous flaneurs and walking as a form of rebellion. Terrific. (WLK06, $18.00)

Romanesque

Romanesque


by Norbert Wolf

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 95 PAGES

This slim volume introduces the Romanesque movement, the first universal style of the European Middle Ages dating to the 11th and 12th centuries, its artists and historical context. (ART105, $9.99)

A Piano in the Pyrenees

A Piano in the Pyrenees


by Tony Hawks

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

British comic Hawks (Around Ireland with a Fridge) serves up another bumbling adventure in this account of buying a house in the French Pyrenees and trying to teach himself to play (not to mention move) a piano. (ITL870, $13.95)

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept


by Paulo Coelho

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 179 PAGES

From the wildly popular Brazilian author Paulo Coelho comes this magical tale of a woman who follows a former childhood friend through the French Pyrenees. (FRN221, $14.99)

Obabakoak, Stories from a Village

Obabakoak, Stories from a Village


by Bernardo Atxaga

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Roughly translated as "the things and people of the village of Obaba," this collection of stories, winner of the National Literature Prize in Spain, evokes the life, culture and people of a Basque mountain village. (SPN502, $15.00)

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