About José

José Pizarro

José Pizarro worked in the award – winning Meson de Doña Filo in Madrid before coming to London.  He then cooked with, and was inspired by the Eyre Brothers, before he co – founded the Brindisa restaurants.  Pizarro opened his first solo venture, José Tapas Bar in 2011, quickly followed by Pizarro Restaurant later that year.  In May 2015 José opened his eargerly awaited third restaurant in the new Broadgate Circle development in the heart of the City.

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José Pizarro's recipes give you a true taste of Spanish cooking at its simplest and best. He celebrates the best of Spanish ingredients, alongside some of the best produce you can find in the UK. Some of these recipes have been taken from Josè's extremely popular cookery books and many you will see on the menus at his restaurants. You will also see highlighted recipes from his regular appearances on TV programmes including Saturday Kitchen, Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose, The Big Eat and Rick Stein's Spain. These recipes are easy for you to recreate at home, particular now that there is such a great selection of Spanish ingredients available from supermarkets, online or at your local market. Give them a try - enjoy sharing them with your friends and family.


In Catalonia, José Pizarro travels from the impressive Gaudi architecture in buzzy Barcelona, to the Roman and Greek ruins in Girona and secluded beaches in Costa Brava to create some of the best-loved dishes from the Catalonian region at home.

If you visit the Basque Country, you will undoubtedly fall in love. Located on the Spanish-French border in Northern Spain, it is home to some of the world's finest restaurants, spectacular modern architecture and dramatic scenery. In Basque, José Pizarro will take readers on a journey around this magical place, taking inspiration from traditional dishes and local ingredients, and adding his own unique twist. From the delicious bite-sized morsels known as pintxos Basque-style tapas to more hearty main meals and sumptuous desserts, José will show you how easy it is to prepare Spanish food at home. The cuisine of this region is wonderful to share with family and friends but it's also about informality and not being a slave to your stove. Set to the backdrop of the stunning views of San Sebastián and the rest of the Basque Country, Basque is a culinary jaunt around one of Spain's most colourful and exciting destinations.

José Pizarro's second book, Spanish Flavours, stunning dishes inspired by the regional ingredients of Spain

José Pizarro's first book shows off his enthusiasm for Spanish ingredients and flavours, permeating every page and giving you a true taste of Spanish cooking at its simplest and best

by Simone and Inés Ortega This book really does contain 1080 recipes from all Spanish regions for everything: appetizers through to desserts. It was produced nearly 40 years ago and is a classic that can be found, well-worn, on the shelves of millions of homes in Spain. In this version, every recipe has been updated for English-speaking markets, with new illustrations by the famous Spanish graphic designer and illustrator, Javier Mariscal and 104 specially commissioned photographs. This is a must-have for anyone who likes real Spanish home cooking.