We travel to Spain at least once a year, and frankly, I tire of the food fairly quickly. Part of this stems from the fact that my partner doesn't eat much meat (even in the land of Jamon); the quality of Tapas varies greatly; I shy away from foods I'm not familiar with; there can be a redundancy to what you find on the menu (especially if you stay in one city); and the diet in Spain can be highly carb-based.
I do love the dining experience in Spain, however. I love sitting outside to eat; It's great that you can grab a quick and small bite at any time of the day or night; I love that waiters never rush you; and I'm even used to the fact that trying to get the bill can be the biggest obstacle during the vacation.
Some aspects of dining in Spain do take getting used to: We end up drinking a huge amount of wine when there, as you just have to consume it with practically everything. Breakfast in Spain is also very different from what we're used to in the States, as it is more likely to include pastries and what we consider to be desserts than egg/meat/yogurt/potatoes.
In light of all of this, here is where this Guide becomes a valuable resource. Since our next trip to Barcelona won't be for a few more months, I can't comment on whether the authors have done a good job in identifying the better places to eat and drink there. In reading through the Guide, however, there is a nice selection of restaurants and bars, as well as information on markets (such as where to go, when to go, and what to look for). I like the market section (yes, there is a lot more than the Boqueria market), as we do a lot of meal preparation in the apartment. The guide also includes information on wine tasting tours, cooking classes, food-related festivals, and even a concluding piece on tipping. I also learned about Vermut Bars (who knew?) by reading the Guide.
As coverage is devoted to the various cafes and restaurants in the Guide, recommendations are made for what to order, where to sit, what to expect in terms of crowd/service, and how to get there. The authors usually indicate what they had, what they liked best, and what it ended up costing. Most of the listings have the equivalent of three Kindle pages devoted to the establishment.
The Guide includes a few listings for international restaurants (such as Italian and Japanese), though I wish more had been included. Even if you're a huge fan of Spanish cuisine, it's nice to have a little variety. The Guide also includes three restaurants that have a lot of vegetarian options.
I'm pleased with this purchase and I anticipate taking notes in advance of our upcoming trip. I do recommend it.