Reading for the Road:
Our Favourite Books About Rioja

At The Slow Road we answer to many names (wanderers, bon vivants, students of life) but first and foremost, we’re a group of dedicated travellers.

That’s why we love compiling reading lists that include those books—from novels to memoirs, and everything in between—that have really opened up our favourite regions.

In this post we’ll round up a few of our favourite books about Rioja, a region where cutting-edge design, juxtaposed with old-world, rural living, results in a region both dramatic and serene.


Must-Read Books About Rioja

Ghosts of Spain

By Giles Tremlett

Tremlett captures Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation.

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Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen

By Jose Andres

Andres takes in the great diversity of Spain, its culinary traditions, regional specialties and modern innovations in this cookbook and culinary tour, featuring dozens of superbly illustrated recipes. Each section is introduced with an excerpt from the roving chef’s journals.

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Spain: A Traveler’s Literary Companion

By Peter R. Bush

This collection of 30 stories form a who’s who of contemporary Spanish literature, including writers from Galicia, Leon, the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona.

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The Wine Region of Rioja, 2nd edition

By Ana Fabiano

Ana Fabiano has written the most comprehensive book of Rioja wines to date as well as a fascinating insider s perspective to a magical place. She reveals two Riojas: one steeped in a grand past and the other comfortably sitting in the twenty-first century.

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