500 Tapas is a brilliant new collection of recipes that will introduce a taste of tapas culture to your life. In the sun-drenched streets of Spain, the lively tapas bar hung with smoked serrano hams provides a focal point for every community. Twice daily, Spaniards head for their favourite bar for a chilled sherry or a glass of white wine, conversation, and, of course, tapas. Tapas can be served as a starter, snack, side order, or as a complete and exotic meal, and this compendium is bursting with hundreds of quick and easy recipes for all tastes and occasions. Be it an informal barbecue or sophisticated dinner party you wish to cater for, your only difficulty will be in the choosing. There is a comprehensive introduction, including a user-friendly overview of basic tapas ingredients and equipment, as well as recipes covering a mouth-watering assortment of tapas, including appetisers, fish, beef, vegetables and desserts.