If you were to visit Spain and come back enamored with the food, Simone and Inés Ortega's 1080 Recipes
would be a great gift to buy yourself. You have to be committed though, and have at least three inches of bookshelf space to spare and be able to lift five pounds.
Originally published in 1972, it's considered the Spanish Joy of Cooking, a bible of sorts covering all the classics from curing olives, preparing fresh snails, frying an omelet and baking a flan. How does one get to 1080 recipes though, supposedly inspired by one country? Lots of variation. Like Woodcock? There's a whole section for you. How about Veal Stew? You have four choices. Turnips? Have them glazed in a lamb stew, cooked gratin style, in cider with béchamel sauce and egg yolks, or with carrots.