My friend, photographer-writer-blogger, Paul Shoul, from the environs of Boston, is not only a great photographer, he is a very kind friend--sometimes!! And he may be the One who reads me! He was recently in San Sebastián, reporting on and photographing one of this world's great cities. Upon his return, he saw my Food Arts article on San Sebastián Gastronomika 2010 and sent me this much appreciated observation above.
The quote came from this paragraph in The Basque Trilogy article:
"The meal at Etxebarri was yet another Spanish Basque triumph of exceptional product sourcing married to simple, but exceptionally refined, techniques, which, in the best places, trumps cocina de vanguardia sleights-of-hand nearly every time. In the hands of experienced maestros at Extebarri, Elkano, and Kaia, such dishes, because of their exquisite simplicity and pure flavors, remain etched in memory long after many of the cocina de vanguardia pyrotechnics evaporate like an espuma in the dessert. Perhaps that’s why so many Spanish vanguardia chefs have opened modernized traditional tapas bars in the past few years."
Here are some of Paul Shoul's photographs of the pintxos (tapas) scene in San Sebastián.
And here is a link to the Food Arts article (March, 2011), A Basque Trilogy, and a link to a scan of the article. Below are four slide shows of the photographs that I took on that trip to San Sebastián Gastronomika 2010 in November.
San Sebastián Gastronomika 2010 November 22
Ferran - Thomas Keller - Joselito Ibérico Jamones
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