Ajo blanco has the appearance of a bowl of the whitewash that is used to keep houses white in many parts of Spain, but this dish is one of the greatest folk dishes of Spain. The juxtaposition of the texture of the ground almonds and bread, garlic, vinegar and salt with the tart sweetness of the grape or apple garnishes makes for a compelling dish, whose flavors are addictive.
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Dawes was awarded the Food Arts Silver Spoon Award in a profile written by José Andrés.
". . .That we were the first to introduce American readers to Ferran Adrià in 1997 and have ever since continued to bring you a blow-by-blow narrative of Spain's riveting ferment is chiefly due to our Spanish correspondent, Gerry "Mr. Spain" Dawes, the messianic wine and food journalist raised in Southern Illinois and possessor of a self-accumulated doctorate in the Spanish table. Gerry once again brings us up to the very minute. . ." - - Michael & Ariane Batterberry, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher and Founding Editor/Publisher, Food Arts, October 2009.
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