On this day in 1964, the BBC reported on Spanish food culture, the habit of all-day-eating, and tapas. Their assertion was that the Spanish lacked a decent breakfast. Now chef José Andrés has weighed in with his view.
Back in 1964, Spain was a world apart for British viewers, and the practice of long lunches and grazing on tapas a completely alien concept. The tongue-in-cheek report makes the assertion that the food culture of Spain stems from the fact that, without a square meal to start the day, Spaniards are eternally hungry and spend the day in search of fulfilment.
Today, Spanish food culture is lauded as superior and even healthier, but back in 1964, the BBC saw the habit of eating all day, long lunches and the need to sleep them off, as a hindrance to the country’s national economy.
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