Author(s): Sophie Ruggles
"Inspired by what she sees, eats, cooks and experiences as a local in the heart of Barcelona, Australian-born Sophie Ruggles brings to life this vibrant city with her colourful collection of recipes, stories and images. Sophie shares her quirky insights and personal cooking touches, as well as her understanding of the heartwarming and approachable local cuisine that made her fall in love with the place and its food. My Barcelona Kitchen will inspire you, in turn, to discover the traditional and contemporary culinary diversity Spain has to offer - from Sophie's take on authentic all i oli, a hearty Catalan fishermen's stew and melt-in-the-mouth baked caramel custard, to irresistible tapas treats, including the guaranteed life-changing taste sensation of Bombas de bacalao, and mucho more."
Australian cook and food writer Sophie Ruggles took a leap of faith in 2003 and moved with her family to Barcelona, where she accidently opened a restaurant. Originally her idea was to work as a chef and polish her rather rusty language skills but the opportunity to be the proprietor of her very own eatery came along and within four short months Sophie opened the doors of EMU Bar, Barcelona's first Australasian eatery. Almost one decade on and Sophie has since swapped the steaming kitchen at EMU Bar for the chatty kitchen counter at her new commercial kitchen and informal cooking school, Test Kitchen BCN, situated in one of Barcelona's hottest foodie districts, Poble Sec. Sophie has published two previous recipe books Eat GST Free! (Choice Books, 2001) and Suddenly Cooking - real food made real easy (Casera Publications, 2010). As well as food writing and teaching cooking classes, she dedicates a large amount of her time to her other passions, food photography and pottering in her urban herb and vegetable garden snacking on fresh peas from the vine.