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Feeling wilted by this summer heat? Try a bowl of Spain's ajo blanco, a cool, soothing soup

Feeling wilted by this summer heat? Try a bowl of Spain's ajo blanco, a cool, soothing soup

A cold soup made from bread, nuts, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and water? This sounds more like something you'd make after cleaning your pantry than, well, on purpose. But one taste of Andalusia's tantalizing ajo blanco can turn a skeptic into a serious enthusiast. When the blinding sun and afternoon heat have left you wilted, it's cool and soothing, redolent of sweet almonds, olives and aged sherry vinegar. It's easy to understand why this dish has played a part in Spanish cuisine for hundreds of years. The name means white garlic, but the garlic presence is exquisitely subtle. The consistency is similar to light cream, coating the palate with the milky taste of...

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