A Unique Look at the Food, People and Soul of Spain

September 21, 2010

Toano, VA (Vocus) September 21, 2010 -- The Heart of Spain: Families and Food, Donald B. Harris’s new book, is now available on a limited basis before its February 2011 public release.

“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,” states Alberto Avendaño of El Tiempo Latino, published by The Washington Post.

Don has been writing very popular reflections on Spain since 1997. The Heart of Spain contains the best of these essays. He 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.

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 allows people to immerse themselves in the grace and warmth of Spain and her people; be inspired by stories of resilience, dignity and generosity and learn about families who continue food-making traditions that go back generations.

Don 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. 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.

There will be a public book signing on October 22, 2010 from 6-9 pm at the La Tienda store, 1325 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185, 757-253-1925.

Beautifully designed with color photographs throughout, the 272-page book retails for $39.95. It may be purchased at www.heartofspainbook.com.

Contact Information:
Alice Agnello