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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


Gerry Dawes's Visual Encyclopedia of Spanish Gastronomy & Wine Beans: Spanish Bean Dishes--Fabada Asturiana, Alubias con Chorizo, Pochas, Verdinas con Mariscos, Mongets, Caparrones

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La Maquina restaurant's famous fabada asturiana, fabada bean stew with chorizo and morcilla.   
Conde Santa Barbara 59, 33420 Lugones, Asturias, Spain. 011 34 985 26 36 36. Closed on Sunday.
Photo by Gerry Dawes©2011 /

Asturian verdinas con mariscos (beans cooked with shellfish), a dish made with beans brought back from my recent trip to Asturias, crab legs, clams and shrimp. 11-11-2012. 
Dish and photo by Gerry Dawes©2012;
Botifarra amb mongetes, Catalan sausage with white beans and balsamic vinegar at Pinotxo, La Boqueria, Barcelona.
Photo by Gerry Dawes©2012;

Fabulous alubias de Ibeas, Casa Quintanilla, Burgos. Ibeas is a village east of Burgos. 
Photo by Gerry Dawes©2012;

Slide show on Spanish beans and bean dishes.

Pochas at El Crucero, Corella (Navarra)
About Gerry Dawes  

Gerry Dawes is the Founder, President & Chairman of the Board of The Spanish Artisan Wine & Spirits Group -  Gerry Dawes Selections.  

He was awarded Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003. He writes and speaks frequently on Spanish wine and gastronomy and leads gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain, including for such chefs and culinary luminaries  as Thomas Keller, Michael Chiarello, Norman Van Aken, Ryan McIlwraith, Terrance Brennan, Mark Miller, Mark Kiffin, Michael Whiteman and the Club Chefs of New York & Connecticut. 

He was a finalist for the 2001 James Beard Foundation's Journalism Award for Best Magazine Writing on Wine, won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on cava in 2004, was awarded the CineGourLand “Cinéfilos y Gourmets” (Cinephiles & Gourmets) prize in 2009 in Getxo (Vizcaya) and received the 2009 Association of Food Journalists Second Prize for Best Food Feature in a Magazine for his Food Arts article, a retrospective piece about Catalan star chef, Ferran Adrià. 

". . .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. 
Pilot for a reality television series on wine, gastronomy, culture and travel in Spain.
Experience Spain With Gerry Dawes: Customized Culinary, Wine & Cultural Trips to Spain & Travel Consulting on Spain  

Gerry Dawes can be reached at

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