Alex Raij and Eder Montero

Txikito, El Quinto Pino, La Vara, Saint Julivert

Maker: Chef

Alex Raij and Eder Montero are the husband and wife team behind Txikito, Chelsea’s acclaimed Basque restaurant; El Quinto Pino, named the Absolute Best Tapas by New York Magazine, La Vara, exploring Jewish and Moorish influence in southern Spain; and Saint Julivert, a petit fisherie inspired by ports of call near and far. Their cookbook, The Basque Book: A Love Story in Recipes from the Kitchen of Txikito, is a deeply personal writer’s debut inspired by the home cooking traditions of the Basque country. Alex and Eder distinguish themselves by creating dishes that capture a sense of place without giving up a sense of personal intimacy. The result is delicious, inimitable, and authentic on all levels.

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