Malcolm Coxall, the author, is the proprietor of the family's 110 acre organic farm in Southern Andalucía in Spain. The farm produces olives, almonds and culinary herbs. It incorporates a small factory for the packing of organic herbs, dried fruits and nuts.
Apart from running the farm, Malcolm also provides IT consultancy and business services especially to other organic food producers in the region. He has published several books and many articles on traditional Spanish food, sustainable agriculture, organic food production, forest biodiversity, environmental protection, politics and economics. He is active in the European food and environmental movement, and has taken several successful legal actions in defence of European environmental standards in the European Court of Justice.
Malcolm is passionate about local food production, culinary diversity, agricultural sustainability and traditional gastronomy. He believes that our traditional recipes have much to teach a generation that lives on a largely homogenised processed diet and has forgotten how real food is grown and prepared. He believes that truly good food is local, ethical, organic and slow and that how and what we eat defines who we are as a society.
As he says: "Societies that knowingly eat chemically adulterated junk foods, produced in heartless factory farms, reveal an intrinsic social, political and health malaise and a profound lack of empathy for the planet. How can such food be good food? It cannot. Such societies reveal their lack of sustainability, an inherent ignorance of the world we share and a disconnection from their natural and social context. Contrast this "care-less" mentality with those societies that treasure their land, their natural environment, their people, their traditional cuisine and the quality of their food.
"Spanish traditional food is one of the last bastions of good food in Europe. The Spanish are fiercely proud of their local agricultural produce and with some justification. Few other culinary traditions in Europe are as vast in range, as imaginative, healthy and delicious as that of Spain. The Spanish love good food and good company, they enjoy life and they love their land and its produce.
"Explain to me again why we need fast food and how 'industrial agriculture' fits in with the larger concepts of human and environmental well-being and sustainability. To be sustainable, we need to start to understand food again - beginning with the basics both on the farm and in the kitchen. To begin, we could do worse than to try to re-discover our own local gastronomic heritage. Not only is this socially worthwhile and important, it is also great fun to make and enjoy real food again!"
For this collection of recipes we have divided the book into the following chapters:
1.1 History of the Tapa
1.2 The "Tapas Culture"
1.3 Traditional Ingredients and Techniques
2. The Recipes
2.1 The Recipes - An Introduction
2.2 Tapas, Canapés and Montaditos with Bread and Toast
2.4 Pickles, Marinades, Jams, and Conserves
2.5 Soups, Creams, Sorbets, Purees, Porras, and Sauces
2.6 Potato Tapas
2.7 Croquette Tapas
2.8 Rice and Pasta Tapas
2.9 Tapas made with Beans, Nuts, Lentils and Chickpeas
2.10 Salad Tapas
2.11 Vegetable Tapas
2.12 Mushroom Tapas
2.14 Stews and Fricassees
2.15 Empanadas and Pies
2.16 Cheese Tapas
2.17 Sweet Tapas
List of recipes - Spanish names
List of recipes - English names
Traditional democratic structures in the Western world are coming under increasing pressure. A combination of political corruption, voter apathy and attacks on the rights of the citizen are being driven by authoritarian tendencies not seen for generations. In turn, this is being stoked by an artificial climate of fear, choreographed as a narrative of external terrorist threats and war against yet another "evil empire".
Much of the decision-making of government has been bought or hijacked by big business, whilst a whole generation of citizens has become increasingly cynical about the probity and ethics of their politicians. The current extent of public distrust and antagonism for the political elite is matched only by shocking levels of voter apathy throughout the democratic world.
This situation has created an unhealthy and perilous disconnection between the electorate and the political classes. As in any evolving environment, this gap is being filled. In this case, the democratic deficit is being bypassed using various forms of civil rebellion as a substitute for a functioning parliamentary system.
Nonviolent rebellion has a long history, but since the industrial revolution the use of organised civil disobedience has become increasingly widespread and refined. With the advent of the internet, civil rebellion itself has been totally revolutionised. The rules of the game have truly changed and control of "the truth" has, to some extent, finally been democratised.
These days, the big beasts on the political landscape are no longer labour unions fighting a local cause, but global movements, representing hundreds of millions of activists across a borderless world. And their armoury is formidable. Even the smallest local protest group has been immensely empowered by recent technological change.
Here we present a practical guide to civil rebellion, defining more than 300 separate ways in which citizens may effectively deliver a protest to an authority and the public, either alone or in a group.
In comparison with the ballot box, civil disobedience seems a rough way of dealing with authority. But, in the absence of a functioning democracy, it is rapidly becoming the last resort of the citizen to defend their freedom from an increasingly reviled, dysfunctional and autocratic political establishment.
This book is a practical guide. It is designed to help in the routine planning and organisation of peaceful protest. But the book also includes a history of civil rebellion and a moral and legal discussion of how civil disobedience may be used to achieve political objectives. This practical information is supported by a description of the best techniques for use in the strategic planning of protest actions and the management of protest organisations.
Though based on a wealth of protest history, the emphasis of this book is on contemporary protest and it focuses especially on the impact of internet and communications technology on current protest campaigns.
Politically, this guide pays particular attention to the techniques used by authorities to infiltrate and undermine legitimate civil protest movements and how these efforts can be detected and managed by a protest group. The book also provides practical advice on using similar subversive techniques against unscrupulous authorities.
Above all, the objective of this guide is to facilitate responsible political activists in delivering powerful, effective, nonviolent protests to an authority and to do this in a way which positively reinforces the concepts of democracy and universal human rights.
At a time when both democracy and human rights are threatened by the constant attacks by political opportunists, civil disobedience is beginning to move centre stage. Indeed, it seems to be rapidly becoming the only show in town for the aggrieved citizen of liberal persuasions in a world drowning in political corruption, popular apathy and short-sighted, populist political culture.