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“The story of a brave and amazing woman”

A woman ahead of her time who had to fight against the social prejudices of a classist Spain and faced a civil war from the kitchens.


In THE MOTHER OF SPANISH CUISINE, the great Spanish chefs will tell us who was María Mestayer de Echagüe, better known by her pseudonym, “La Marquesa de Parabere”.

Through some of her most outstanding recipes, we will learn about the life of the mother and precursor of modern Spanish cuisine.

This writer and culinary journalist broke the mold by confronting a classist society where women fought for their rights.

She lived through the Civil War becoming a shadow heroine, as many people on both sides owe their lives to her.

A heroine also in the eyes of many, who owe her the pleasure of learning to cook step by step.

THE MOTHER OF SPANISH CUISINE is a journey through this female figure so important in the history of Spain but unknown to the general public.

We will tell her story through the hands of the most famous chefs, historians and culinary critics of our country, such as: Joan Roca, Alberto Chicote, María Marte, José Carlos Capel, Ferran Adriá, Susi Díaz, Paul Preston, José Andrés, Carme Ruscalleda, Elena Lucas, Juan Mari Arzak, Quike Dacosta or Pedro Subijana


Nacho Carballo
Hernán Zin, Sergio Carmona
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