Hola! I'm Lauren, a trained chef, co-founder of Devour Tours, and the creator behind Spanish Sabores -- a food blog dedicated to Spanish recipes.
For the past 12 years, I've been cooking my mother-in-law's traditional Spanish recipes and sharing them with home cooks around the world.
My mission is to get more people cooking Spanish food! I want to make Spanish food better known and more approachable. I truly believe that Spanish recipes are some of the most delicious, healthy, and easy -- perfect for busy moms (like me!) and for anyone who loves to cook.
What You'll Find on Spanish Sabores
- Step-by-step Spanish recipes with photos and printable (free!) recipe cards
- Both traditional Spanish classics and some Spanish inspired fusion dishes -- all simple to make, no fancy tools required
- Spanish cooking tips and ingredients guides
- Guides to eating in different Spanish cities (I also run a travel company, so you're in good hands!)
I'll Help You...
- Learn about Spanish ingredients and how to use them. I'll also give tips about where to buy them.
- Incorporate healthy Spanish meals into your family's weekly lineup.
- Make sure you eat and drink like a local when visiting Spain.
You May Also Like
- To join me over at the Spanish Recipe Club on Facebook. Here I host a weekly Spanish cooking challenge and share what's going on in my kitchen each week.
- To receive my weekly recipe by email. You can join the mailing list here.
More About Lauren
The first time I laughed was at the dinner table.
I was only a couple of months old, and my Italian American family was crowded into a small Brooklyn apartment, on the seventh course of Christmas Eve dinner. My great Aunt Carmela slammed her hand down on the table, and I began to giggle. I like to think of that moment as the beginning of my lifelong love affair with food, and its ability to bring people together.
Food fascinates me because it transcends our simple need for nourishment. Eating is so much more-- it's family, memories, and comfort. Food is both essential and emotional, and that combination is a beautiful thing.
When I was 12 years old I considered attending culinary arts school but was quickly convinced I needed a liberal arts education instead. And while I loved my literature and history classes, I always felt there was something missing.
So I started working at restaurants in high school and affirmed my love for the industry. I was lucky to work with some very creative chefs and bartenders, and quickly knew I belonged in that world. I worked my way up and traded studying International Relations in downtown Washington DC to Hospitality and Tourism Management in rural Western Massachusetts.
After graduating I couldn’t imagine working with anything besides food. So I left everything I knew behind and bought a one-way plane ticket to Spain— officially to teach English, but really to discover the country's amazing cuisine.
Since 2009 I have lived and breathed Spanish food.
I've traveled the country in search of local food and farmers. I've met the families behind the food and heard their stories. I've learned to cook the most authentic Spanish recipes and started this Spanish food blog.
Starting My Business
In 2012 I embarked on another enormous adventure. I started a small food tour company called Madrid Food Tour. Starting a business in Spain wasn't easy, and I'm proud to say that my company has grown to become an award-winning tour operator called Devour Tours.
The Devour Tours mission is to connect curious travelers to small, family-run food businesses and to share each city's unique gastronomy and local history with visitors. We aim to help local culture thrive, and our expert guides give our guests an insider’s perspective of each city, complete with the story of what we’re eating and why.
We currently offer daily food tours in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, San Sebastian, Paris, Rome, and Lisbon-- and we're growing! We've had over 100,000 guests join us since my first tour in 2012.
Culinary School -- Finally!
In 2018 I finally realized my dream to attend culinary school. Although I am based in Madrid, I made the weekly trip to Barcelona to attend the prestigious Hofmann Culinary School. You can read all about my experience here.
At the end of 2019, I became I mom to two beautiful babies. Being a new twin mom with two businesses has been tricky, to say the least, but it's all worth it to see Alexander and Sofía grow. They are eating more and more every day -- becoming big foodies just like their mom!
Lauren has been featured in publications such as NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Fodor's Travel, Inside Hook, El País, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and National Geographic, among others.
So if you like food, travel, and stories-- you're in the right place. This is where I share my love for Spanish cuisine and culinary tourism.
Top Spanish Recipes
Hungry yet? These are the top recipes on Spanish Sabores-- for more check the entire Spanish recipe blog section:
- Traditional Spanish Sangria
- Crema Catalana Recipe
- Patatas Bravas Recipe
- Spanish Tortilla de Patatas Recipe
- Spanish Salmorejo Recipe
- Braised Pork Cheek
- Homemade Churros Recipe
- Spinach and Chickpeas Recipe
- Padron Peppers Recipe
- Vegetarian Spanish Recipes
City Food Guides
These are my city gastro guides, free food guides for travelers to my favorite cities in the world (more guides coming soon!)
- Madrid food guide
- Barcelona food guide
- Seville food guide
- San Sebastian food guide
- Cadiz food guide
- Malaga food guide
- Paris food guide
- Lisbon food guide
- Rome food guide
- Naples food guide
- Amsterdam food guide
My hotel guides are written with fellow foodies in mind -- and include tips for where to eat nearby!
- Where to stay in Madrid
- Where to stay in Barcelona
- Where to stay in Seville
- Where to stay in Granada
- Where to stay in Malaga
- Where to stay in Valencia
Tapas Tours & Food Tours in Spain
Coming to Spain? These are my company's food tours and tapas tours in Spain!
Spain Off the Beaten Path
If you like going off the beaten path like I do, here are my favorite Spanish destinations that aren't as popular as they should be-- yet!
- Costa de la Luz (some of Spain's best beaches!)
- Las Alpujarras
- San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Spanish Ingredient Guide
- My absolute obsession: Extra Virgin Spanish Olive Oil-- here's what you need to know
- Spanish ham 101
- Spanish cava 101
- Vermouth 101
- Spanish canned fish
- History of sangria
I sometimes appear in videos for Devour Tours YouTube channels. Check me out below!
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