There is an area in Europe, which is called Catalonia.
This area includes areas of Eastern Spain and Western France.
The Language is Catalan, and the people are Catalan. The Catalan name for Catalonia is "Catalunya" Catalans consider themselves to be independent of Spain or France. Barcelona is part of Catalonia, and the people there are quick to let you know they are not Spanish, but Catalan. Catalan actually sounds more like French mixed with Spanish. The Roots of Catalan Cooking Few cuisines are as attached to their historical roots as Catalan cookery is. Carla Passino compares today's fare with the medieval original.` 'Catalans eat more graciously and better than other countries.' This may sounds like a rave review by a food critic smitten with the menu at top Catalan restaurant El Bulli,
but it was actually written in the 14th century by Francesc Eiximenis, a theologian who occasionally occupied his time with the rather more mundane concerns of eating and drinking.