[Sca-cooks] Tapas

Suey lordhunt at gmail.com
Tue Jul 28 10:18:20 PDT 2009

Huette wrote:

> 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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