• "A diligently researched, entertainingly anecdotal and lovingly partisan history"

  • "[An] informative, quirky and delightful book"

  • "A riveting [story] told with charm and dexterity"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "The award-winning author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World takes an equally unconventional and engaging approach to those curmudgeonly nationalists, the Basques... Each chapter...addresses a particular facet of Basque culture...while the whole is punctured with simple but mouth-watering recipes reflecting the glorious tradition of Basque cuisine. Proof - if proof were needed - that learning about history can be fun"

    Kirkus Review