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Bread and Oil: Majorcan Culture’s Last Stand

Bread and Oil: Majorcan Culture’s Last Stand

Author(s): Tomas Graves

Location(s): Majorca (Mallorca)

Genre(s): Food and Drink

Era(s): 2000s



On the island of Mallorca pa amb oli (bread and oil) is rubbed with garlic or tomatoes and salt, as it is in many other Mediterranean countries. Graves starts with this simple dish as a starting point to explore more cooking, traditions, agriculture, and historical influences that trace the dish back to Roman Times. This dish symbolises for the people of Mallorca their traditional roots and celebrates the resourceful nature, despite becoming a popular tourist destination and all the pressures that entails..

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Reading this book brought back so many wonderful memories – I have spent several Summers on the island. It’s so well written with so much fascinating detail about food and culture of the island,...

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