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Sunday Sabor: Medieval Catalan Cooking

Not your average Spanish cooking class! Join Barcelona local Hannah on a cooking experience like none other as you learn a bit of Catalan culinary history and eat like royalty did 600 years ago.

What’s Included

  • Virtually travel to Barcelona and spend 1 to 1.5 hours with Hannah, a certified expert in Catalan food history.
  • Hear about the first cookbook in Europe not written in Latin and learn how to cook a special ancient eggplant recipe from it.
  • Discover why Catalonia was the world’s culinary center in the late Middle Ages and hear the stories behind the ingredients popular today.
  • Receive the recipe for the dish beforehand so you can cook along with Hannah at home—or simply sit back with a glass of wine to watch and learn, and put your newfound cooking knowledge to test at another time!
  • This Sunday Sabor Series is in collaboration with Atlas Obscura, whose mission has always been to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share.



What to Expect

Have you ever thought about when and why people started writing down recipes? Wondered why a certain dish is a specialty in a certain place? Tried to trace the origin of your favorite ingredient? Barcelona local Hannah has become an expert in all of the above by analyzing historic cookbooks and tracing ingredients back through time—and she can’t wait to share her wealth of knowledge with you.

She will introduce you to the first-ever European cookbook not written in Latin—in fact, it was written in a Catalan chef, considered a gastronomic leader at a time before Spanish classics like tomato and potato had even arrived in Europe.  You’ll learn about medieval cooking and have the chance to dive into it yourself, cooking the very first eggplant recipe that was written down in Europe at a time when eggplant had just arrived and it was a new and exciting ingredient. If you’d like, you can even cook along with her as she recreates one of the best recipes out of the book, starring some of the most popular ingredients from centuries ago which are still easy to source today.

This experience is part of the Sunday Sabor series in partnership with Atlas Obscura. Atlas Obscura’s mission is to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share. They started this series, and their other online experiences, because of our current need, more than ever, to stay connected—not only to our sense of wonder, but to each other.

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About Our Expert Guides

Hannah is Swiss by birth but Catalan by heart. She speaks Catalan better than Spanish and even wrote her thesis on a medieval Catalan cookbook because for her every delicious food tastes even better if she knows its history! Hannah loves how Barcelona perfectly combines tradition and modernization in every way and loves seeking out local festivals to enjoy the best of Catalan traditions.

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