Sirens wail in the background, but José Andrés doesn’t pause to notice. He’s conducting a telephone interview in front of his restaurant Jaleo in Washington, talking about his PBS cooking show and a new cookbook — and waiting for his friend, Mexican cooking authority Diana Kennedy, to arrive.
Andrés, who grew up in the Asturias region of northern Spain, has realized his dream: to bring Spanish food to the United States. For almost two decades, Andrés has been educating Americans about Spanish food — one tapas at a time. He owns several restaurants in the D.C. area, including Jaleo and minibar by josé andrés. His first cookbook, “Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America,” was … more