- Beautifully illustrated hardcover book
- Winner, National Indie Excellence Book Awards 2011
- Reflections on the food and families of Spain
- Meet our Spanish providers and families
- A great gift for lovers of Spain
La Tienda founder, Don Harris gives you a unique look at the food, people and soul of Spain. Whether you are from Spain or just love the country and her food, you will find this book a delight. Beautifully designed, the 239 page book includes over 100 color photographs.
Don Harris has a gift for telling refreshing, meaningful and inspiring stories. Stories of regular people living quietly remarkable lives. Stories filled with emotional depth and understanding, brimming with the rich sights, sounds and smells of life. Spanish life.
In this fast-paced era of high tech and long "to-do" lists, there is much we can learn from the Spanish approach to life. This insightful collection of essays will help you:
- Immerse yourself in the grace and warmth of Spain and her people,
- Be inspired by stories of resilience, dignity and generosity,
- Learn about families who continue food-making traditions that go back generations.
The Heart of Spain won the prize in 2011 for Best Travel Book in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards, a competition for independently published books.
Don Harris has been writing very popular reflections on Spain since 1997. He fell in love with the Spanish culture over forty years ago, when he stepped ashore in Spain as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy. For a time he and his wife Ruth raised their young family among the sherry bodegas of El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz). As they enjoyed life with their sons in a Spanish neighborhood, they grew to appreciate the intimate dimension of Spanish life, where children are cherished and family ties are central. After retiring from the Chaplain Corps as a captain, Don founded LaTienda.com with his wife and sons. They all visit Spain regularly. The company is now one of the finest providers of Spanish food in the U.S., supporting artisanal and small family firms. In 2009, Don received the Admiral Pedro Menéndez Friend of Spain Award from the Society of Spain for his outstanding leadership and dedication on behalf of Spain and Spanish culture.
"What Don has done with our beloved Iberia is dig into its essence. Don Harris has the eye of an explorer, the taste of a gourmet, the touch of a painter, and the sense of a spiritual teacher."—Alberto Avendaño, El Tiempo Latino, published by The Washington Post.
"Don Harris's authority is supported by extraordinary experience. I doubt that there is another American or North European who has had over these forty years (since Harris's early years as a Navy chaplain in the American base in Rota, Cadiz) as wide an experience of the many parts and many foods of Spain. It's a blessing, frankly, to have 'Don Don,' his wife Ruth, and their extended family inscribe here their long experience, for us to savor in so many different ways, in so many different Spanish places, in so many different vignettes." —James W. Fernández, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Chicago.
Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
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"This is a great book for folks who adore the food and traditions of Spain. It's wonderful to hear stories about the folks who built La Tienda and their network of artisans. I want to buy everything on the site after reading it ;-P"
"This book is the perfect gift for someone who is an aficionado for Spain and its food, history and culture. It is a comprehensive book that covers Spain in its diverse aspects. It is appealing in its colorful presentation, and reasonable in length. I plan to order a copy for myself, as well as one for a colleague on his birthday. "
"You have collected your life experiences in Spain and all people you have met during these years, that's a great idea. You can teach some local people about their own history, you know better about habits and traditions all around Spain, [whereas] some of the new generations just may guess. My dad also wants to send you gratefulness and recognition for your support to the Spanish culture.
Andrew & Patricia Irving
"One of our purchases from La Tienda was your book – the Heart of Spain, and in reading through some of your wonderful vignettes, I can see that our budding appreciation of the Spanish culture and lifestyle is reflected and of course magnified, in you and your family through your immense knowledge and experience of Spain.
Your company and your book reflect all that is good about the Spanish people, and if I may say so, that reflection shines on you and your family."
"Don's book makes me happy every time I open it to read one of the short tales of foodways in Spain. Every page expresses Don's own goodwill and charm, and shows true graditute for the good things life, and particularly life in Spain, has to offer. "
"Thank you very much, yesterday we received your amazing book!!!! You have collected your life experiences in Spain and all people you have met during these years, that’s a great idea. You can teach some local people about their own history, you know better about Spanish habits and traditions all around Spain."
"I am near tears and smiling so big it hurts. This is an incredibly beautiful book. The interior design is outstanding, the colors and photos are breathtaking, the print job is perfection. It all looks fabulous. I am thrilled beyond words."
"Not just a book about Spain, and the producers of wonderful Spanish food, but also a book about how to live a good life. Inspirational, heart-warming, soul-feeding fare."
"Right on the mark!
Lived in El Puerto and Married to a Portuense for 42 years.
El Puerto & Spain have changed, but the families and friendships, in spite of the years, remain constant over the years."