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food + cooking

Molecular “Caviar,” in a Jar

A new Spanish company aims to please the experimental home cook.
chefs + restaurants

Dueling Spanish Chefs

Earlier this year, chefs Ferran Adrià and Santi Santamaría became embroiled in an explosive feud. At the heart of the fuss: a national culinary identity crisis.
travel + culture

Farmstand on the Run

Forget chitchatting with growers at this revolutionary farmers market: Just place your order beforehand and pick up your goods.
travel + culture

Spanish Scallop Scandal

It’s not every day that a Michelin-starred chef is sent to the clink for trafficking. In bad scallops.
chefs + restaurants

Round Two in the Santamaría vs. Adrià Smackdown

Santi Santamaría, chef of the 3-starred Can Fabes, denounces Ferran Adrià’s “use of chemical substances like methylcellulose” as a “public health risk.”
travel + culture

Madrid’s New Old Market

During the 20th century, Madrid’s San Miguel market was the centerpiece of the Plaza Mayor neighborhood. Today, there’s nothing but rubble and dust inside.
chefs + restaurants

First Taste: Sergi Arola Gastro

This is the first restaurant that the Adrià-trained rocker-turned-chef has actually owned, and it’s very, very hot.
travel + culture

Holiday Shopping

The Madrid Christmas market is really about plastic. And especially, plastic molded into the tiny figurines that populate nativity scenes here.
chefs + restaurants

Spanish Foodies

There is possibly no better way to stir up a bunch of Spanish foodies than to get them started on the Michelin guide.
travel + culture

Sisters are Baking it on Their Own

This sweet shop on Madrid's Calle del Codo is run, in that great Spanish tradition, by nuns. Cloistered nuns.