lordhunt at gmail.com
Tue Jul 28 10:18:20 PDT 2009
> Thank you for this. Can you cite your documentation that tapas is pre-1600?
> The Oxford Companion to Food talks about tapas but gives no history.
in http://www.arrakis.es/~jols/tapas/index2.html Y.V. Fadón gives the
theory that tapas started with Alfonso X, the Wise (1221-1284). Due to
an illness the physician prescribed light meals or snacks consumed with
relates the story that Alfonso XIII (1886-1931) asked for a sherry when
in Cadiz and the waiter covered (tapó) the glass with a slice of serrano
ham so the flies could not get the liquid. The Sevillians say they were
the originators of the tapa using the ham custom. Luis Benavides-Barajas
in his article "La Cocina de las Califas"
http://www.morosicristians.com/articlemoros1.htm maintains that the
"/Mezza"/ is /Hords d'Oeuvres /or cold plates in Arabic were served to
break the fast during Ramadan with a drink. Hispanic Muslims ruled in
Andalusia from 711-1492.
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