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36. Gerry Dawes's Spain: An Insider's Guide to Spanish Food, Wine, Culture and Travel gerrydawesspain.com

"My good friend Gerry Dawes, the unbridled Spanish food and wine enthusiast cum expert whose writing, photography, and countless crisscrossings of the peninsula have done the most to introduce Americans—and especially American food professionals—to my country's culinary life. . .” - - Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019; Chef-partner of Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards, New York 2019

9/20/2017

"Some men are born out of their due place." The Moon and Sixpence, W. Somerset Maugham


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Manzanilla at sunset on Bajo de Guía beach at Sanlúcar de Barrameda, my spiritual home.


"I have an idea that some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not. They are strangers in their birthplace, and the leafy lanes they have known from childhood or the populous streets in which they have played, remain but a place of passage. They may spend their whole lives aliens among their kindred and remain aloof among the only scenes they have ever known."
Peregrino (pilgrim); Irmandinho (Brother) de la Irmandade de Viños Galegos
(Brotherhood of Galician Wines), Santiago de Compostela. (Self portrait.)


"Perhaps it is this sense of strangeness that sends men far and wide in the search for something permanent, to which they may attach themselves. Perhaps some deep-rooted atavism urges the wanderer back to lands which his ancestors left in the dim beginnings of history."

At Pena das Donas, Ribeira Sacra in the morning light.  
Photograph by Basilio Izquierdo, former winemaker at CVNE.


Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs. Here is the home he sought, and he will settle amid scenes that he has never seen among men he has never known, as though they were familiar to him from his birth. Here at last he finds rest." - - The Moon and Sixpence, W. Somerset Maugham (who spent time in Spain in his youth and wrote extensively about it.)

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2 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:59 PM

    Gerry,
    Interesing comments. I have known my whole life that I was born in the wrong place (San Francisco, CA). I came to Spain at 15 yrs old to study Spanish, and I knew then that I was meant to live here some day.
    It took me 23 yrs living in Brasil before I finally had the opportunity to live here, and I will never leave. Cooking is my passion and here in Mallorca, I find the most wonderful ingredients, wines, and restaurants. I wonder why you do not have more information on the cuisine and restaurants of Mallorca?
    I am a somewhat amateur chef and give tapas and wine tours here. Next time you pop over to this part of the jungle, let me know!

    Kym Kamel

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  2. Nothing on Mallorca because I have been there only once. I am dying to go to Minorca, which I will probably do this year. I have always had too much to do on the mainland. I only got to the Canary Islands three years ago!

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