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

"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


Photography: All photos on this blog were taken with Canon cameras and these lenses.

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NOTES: Except for the Canon T2i and the 17-70mm Sigma both purchased in July, 2010 and the long-awaited Tokina 11-16mm ultra wide angle lense purchased in Sept. 2010, I made most of these images with this equipment shown below. In addition, in August 2011, I added the Canon 85mm portrait lens and the Tokina 100mm Macro. (I included the Canon 18-55mm IS "kit" lense, while not made like a tank, is a real sleeper of a light-weight walk-around lens and a bargain that has received several very favorable reviews in serious photographic journals.)

RANT: Warning! I have included a reasonably priced back-up battery for the Canon T2i, since Canon charges about $45 for a spare battery. Canon makes good camera equipment, but their corporate mentality is heavy handed and exploitive. Almost every new Canon camera comes with a distinctive battery (instead of a universal battery that would fit all their SLRs) and thus a different charger, configuration, so you end up buying more batteries and carrying more batteries and chargers. The charger on the T2i, a great camera, comes with a cord instead of having the plug built in! And, with most of the already quite expensive Canon lenses, you will pay quite a bit extra for a lens hood! You can get good lens hoods and great padded cases for Canon from Pearstone for much less!!

Now ask me why Amazon has chosen to remove the image of the excellent Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens and substitute it with someone's picture of a child putting his hands on a mirror. I truly cannot explain that either!

And the fact that I bought ALL of this equipment from B&H and the gear has Amazon links?  Well, I petitioned B &H about being an associate and they totally ignored my request, so if you purchase any of this equipment through, you will be helping to underwrite this blog.

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