Dee Nolan’s new book has been four years in the making – a rich, fascinating years spent immersed in the food and history along these ancient pilgrim routes, hearing the stories of the cooks and farmers along the way, eating lunch with the legendary chef Paul Bocuse in his restaurant kitchen in Lyon and walking the transhumance with the stoic cattle breeders of the Aubrac plateau.
She is also hosting a small guided trip next April/May taking in some of the highlights of her first book ‘A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage along the Camino to Santiago de Compostela’, walking some of the most picturesque sections of the pilgrim path and savouring many of the special experiences written about in her first book. These include visiting Pierre Oteiza and his beloved, saved- from-extinction black Basque pigs and seeing the precious heritage vines of Bierzo, lovingly cultivated by Ricardo Perez and his donkeys after decades of neglect. Among the restaurant highlights will be a visit to Etxebarri in the Basque country where so much of the food, including the vegetables, are cooked over coals. She is very much looking forward to introducing the Camino to others s that it may seep into their souls as well!