In Michael Paterniti’s The Telling Room, he first encounters Páramo de Guzman while working in a deli after graduate school in the early 1990s. At $22 a pound he wasn’t going to taste it, but he wanted to know its story.
Writing this book would have Paterniti traveling to Spain off and on for nearly a decade. Several times he takes his wife and later his children with him. Paterniti discovers a less hectic life in Spain and at times yearns for this life for himself and his family.
In Spain, he meets Ambrosio Molinos, the creator of Páramo de Guzman, and listens to his stories in the telling room, a place where local villagers gather, share stories, and have a glass of wine.
If you enjoy memoirs, travelogues, and mysteries, this is the book for you! It left me longing to travel to Spain, to slow down, and enjoy their stories!