Subject: Travel books
We had wonderful luck with great small hotels, B&B's and Inns from Alastair Sawday's book -- Favorite Places to Stay in Spain and Portugal. His recommendations made our trip in Andalucia last winter!!!

I agree with Graziella on the NY Times recommendations for food, (we've been disappointed many times.) However, I might add that Foder's Rivages series -- both the B&B book and his Inns and Country Homes are all good. As with all guide books, however, one must learn what is really being said and read between the lines to find out what is accurate. All of these books have pictures, too -- which is helpful.

Food is another story -- and we try to find out from locals where to go! Susie Newton, MA