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Jose Pizarro's Basque wins Book of the Year

20 Sep 2017 |

To celebrate Basque by Jose Pizarro being named ‘Book of the Year’ in the Food and Travel Reader Awards 2017, we’re sharing one of the many delicious recipes that can be found in this very beautiful book.


Roasted pumpkin & Roncal with walnut vinaigrette


In my mind, this is a perfect salad, not pretentious in anyway – just amazing ingredients put together to create a great supper dish or light lunch. Roncal is a hard, creamy sheep milk cheese that is made in the Valle of Roncal in one of seven villages around the Basque region. If you can't find it, substitute with semi-cured manchego.


Serves 4

1.5 kg (3 lb 5 oz) pumpkin or squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into wedges

olive oil

few sprigs of rosemary

1 bulb garlic, cloves separated

80 g (3 oz) walnut halves

75 g (2½ oz) Roncal cheese, shaved


For the dressing

2 tablespoons cider vinegar little drizzle of honey

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon walnut oil


For the full recipe go to

Jose’s new book, Catalonia: Spanish Recipes from Barcelona and Beyond will be published on the 19th October. Pre-order your copy here.

 Photography by Laura Edwards

Basque: Spanish Recipes from San Sebastian and Beyond is available from Amazon, Waterstones and good shops that sell books.