Where Wine Flows Like Water: A gastronomic pilgrimage across Spain

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This is the second edition of 'Where Wine Flows Like Water: A Gastronomic Pilgrimage through Spain', which chronicles the sometimes hilarious adventures of two friends, John and Pete, walking the pilgrim trail, El Camino, some 1000 kilometers from the French side of the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in North-western Spain. Often lost, usually confused and frequently overcome by the rigours of the march, heady wine, spicy food and beautiful women, our middle-aged protagonists experience many of the deprivations and most of the pleasures as once did the legions of pilgrims in medieval times seeking redemption and indulgences for past and future crimes. With gusto, John and Pete confront the Old World and the uninhibited pursuit of pleasure that characterises Southern Europe. This sometimes leads them to overdo things, but always with the best of intentions. Wine tasting their way towards salvation, they innocently explore intriguing points of gastronomy, theology and the vexed relationship between religion and science. A selection of recipes from the kitchens of friends along the route offers an exotic smorgasbord of regional cuisines of France and Northern Spain. These recipes are, in the main, family dishes, the plates of everyday life and not the fare of celebrity chefs and Michelin stars. They provide a testament to a highly varied, flavoursome and unpretentious cuisine.

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About the Author:

Born in New Zealand, John has followed a career in science. Since gaining a PhD in Madison, Wisconsin, he has worked in New Zealand, France, Spain and Australia and, for some years, was based at a small research station in the Bay of Islands, in the northern-most part of New Zealand. This is a community to which people are drawn for its climate, coastal scenery and sailing opportunities; it has a well-deserved reputation for eccentricity. For some of this period, John, Delphine and their two children chose to live at a remote beach on the tribal lands of the Ngati Rehia. John’s latest novel 'Shifting Sands' grew out of this experience. 'Where Wine Flows like Water: A Gastronomic Pilgrimage through Spain' chronicles in a sometimes hilarious fashion the walking and culinary adventures of John and a friend as they walked some 1000 kilometers from the French side of the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostella. The idiosyncratic observations and escapades of earlier French pilgrims will further heighten the enjoyment for readers. These days John lives in Sydney where he is the Director of Risk Frontiers, an independent research centre that studies the impacts of natural disasters.

Review:

From Clarion Reviews

This is the second edition of New Zealander John McAneney’s amusing account of his trip, undertaken largely on a whim, following an ancient Spanish pilgrimage trail. McAneney retains most of the original text of the book published in 1997, but updates it with some new recipes. McAneney and his friend Pete start their journey in Bordeaux, France, and then make their way to the base of the French Pyrenees to begin their trek to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a journey of between nine hundred and one thousand kilometers (620 miles or so). Along the way, the two travelers eat heartily, meet a wide variety of colorful characters, and, of course, imbibe a great deal of wine. As a travel memoir, the book is nothing if not amusing. The reader cannot help but smile, and at times laugh out loud, at McAneney’s and Pete’s various escapades, which range from blisters on their feet to bouts of illness to drunken meanderings. Equally amusing is McAneney’s writing style. For example, “The guidebook waxed lyrical about the beauties of Navarette, but today it seemed just a collection of mud-colored houses on the side of a hill. A town without charm inhabited by surly people. Perhaps I missed something.” Yet McAneney is equally capable of painting evocative scenes: “snow-capped mountains, forest-covered lower slopes, and the sound of surging water in the river below.” Through McAneney’s eyes, the reader will enjoy an intimate portrait of the people, small towns, and cuisine of an area of Spain that most people will likely never visit. The author shares numerous vignettes but keeps the story moving through breezy writing and short chapters. Of special interest are the recipes of authentic dishes that populate the book which, McAneney advises the reader, are “the plates of everyday life” rather than “the fare of celebrity chefs.” In addition to including the ingredients and instructions for preparation, McAneney often adds an amusing comment or two that sets each recipe apart. For instance, “Picasso had his blue period and I’m currently going through a caramel one. Just throw the following ingredients together and relax over what remains of the cooking wine.” The recipes serve to both complement the diary-like narrative and literally add local flavor to the book. In the last chapter, McAneney reflects on his journey: “Adventure, curiosity, spirituality, mid-life crises? Or just plain fun? All these had been touted at home to explain our self-indulgence. The result had been much more, with the spiritual, historic, artistic, sociological and gastronomic dimensions of the pilgrim route each contributing towards a smorgasbord of experience.” While the reader may have viewed the author’s romp as simply an amusing tale, the impact of the pilgrimage on McAneney becomes clear at the end. That makes reading Where Wine Flows Like Water all the more meaningful. Barry Silverstein

Bay Chronicle:

Take two Kiwis, give them a reason for walking almost a thousand kilometers across Spain, encourage them to sleep rough, fill them daily with good food and better wine, have one keep a diary of the journey and you have the recipe for an out-of–the-ordinary cookbook. Add in the skills of an above average writer, blend with humour, stir in a touch of idle philosophising with a dash of poetry, illustrate well and it becomes a guidebook to a gastronomic pilgrimage. The pilgrims are John McAneney of Tapuaetahi and Peter Hendl of Kerikeri. John tells his story of their decision to put their lives on hold, travel to the other side of the world and embark on a 30-day walk along the ancient pilgrim trail of El Camino. The accommodation varied from the simple to the non-existent, the company from priests to at least one rogue, the wine from dirt cheap to free, and the food – well read about it for yourself. This book offers thirty-four mouth-watering recipes for the stomach. More than that, it gives food for thought and uplifts the soul. I predict a local run on the delicatessen, sparked by a surge in things Iberian, food Spanish, wine exotic and thoughts of travel. And don’t forget to try the patatas al estilo de Jaca, amongst the best finger food you can get in a Spanish pub.  Bob Molly

Sue Courtney, Foodies who read recommend . . .

Probably one you've never heard of. It is of a couple of Kiwi guys who follow the ancient pilgrim trail of El Camino, which starts in the Pyrenees and ends in Santiago de Compostela and takes them through the wine regions of Navarra and Rioja.

Each day they eat and drink, so it's a gastronomic journey - a journey of 34 days and there's a recipe for a meal each day, a meal that reflects the culture of the place they're at.

My favourite recipe (because it is so easy) is Patatas al Estilo de Jaca - Variation on a Theme from a Bar in Jaca.

This book is a great read. These guys, John McAneney and Peter Hendl have a great sense of humour. There's the occasional photograph and quite a lot of cartoon-like illustrations. And the book certainly reflects culture, architecture and time.

These guys are not religious nuts. Perhaps they were going through a mid-life crisis. But reading this makes you hungry -- hungry for food and hungry to experience the satisfaction of completing a journey like this.

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