Happy Sunday again! Hope your weekend is going well. This week was busy, but I did manage to finish my review of the entire third Bakarka book including all the vocabulary and officially started Bakarka 4. I’m also nearly finished with The Basque Country: A Cultural History, so I will soon have a review of that for you. In other news, this nascent little blog was featured on About Basque Country, which was a very pleasant surprise and a little nudge to get going on writing some of my own content.
Now for this week’s links to cool/interesting Basque-related things.
I loved almost all the food I tried in the Basque Country (sorry snails and percebes) and some of my favorite meals were also some of the simplest: tortillas (thick, juicy omelets), breaded fillets, grilled fish, fried peppers, potato and green bean stew. This cookbook coming out in March looks like it might be perfect for learning to cook some of those things myself as it “dispels the myth that creating traditional Spanish fare is a laborious task and shows you how to bring the experience of dining in city tapas bars to your own kitchen.” Interesting, though, that the book is called Basque, yet the subtitle and description refer to “Spanish recipes” and “Spanish fare” . . .
Did you know that more than half the bodegas that produce Rioja wine are in the Basque province of Álava? Winemakers there want labels to reflect their wines’ origin more specifically than just “Rioja”. Those involved say they want to change the business model to be more competitive and that their motivation is not political. (In Spanish.)
The Council of Europe recently published its Recommendation on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Spain, a very short document with six recommendations that show that Spain still falls short in its implementation of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and suggests recognizing co-official languages in some of Spain’s other Autonomous Communities.
I enjoyed this interview with two students from University of the Basque Country who won scholarships through the University’s School of Fine Arts to carry out projects in Reno. (In Basque.)
“Deigarria iruditu zitzaidan, Euskal Herria eta Nevadaren arteko distantzia hain handia izan arren, hainbat kontzeptu eta elementu daudela, behin eta berriz, ingurune bat bestearekin konektatzen dituztenak.”