Nolans Road - A Food Lover's Pilgrimage to Santiago de CompostelaA thousand-year-old pilgrimage route and food traditions stretching back de toda la vida — since forever. These are what Dee Nolan set out to experience on her pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela — through the rich farming lands of southern France and northern Spain, green Spain.

The monks who came here in the Middle Ages to look after the first pilgrims planted grapevines from their homelands far away. Now food lovers come seeking the magnificent wines made using grapes grown in those same ancient vineyards, along with sublime cooking and fresh, luscious produce.

Dee’s own emotional journey along the Way of St James — el camino de Santiago — took her back to the very heart of things: why we should care about what we eat and how it is produced, why we need escape valves like the pilgrimage in our busy modern lives, and why she found herself, after a long career in publishing, back on her grandfather’s farm and connecting with the soil.

This joyful book tells the story of Dee’s camino, of the pilgrimage itself and of the food traditions that sustain us all. Following the route of those first pilgrims, Dee met wise cooks and farmers who are finding that the future lies in the past. And she realised why, in our secular age, we are so captivated by this medieval Christian pilgrimage.

A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to Santiago De Compostela by Dee Nolan, published by Lantern / Penguin Australia, hardback 420pp, ISBN 9781920989910, RRP AUD 79.95. BUY NOW
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A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage Along the Camino by Dee Nolan, published by Lantern / Penguin Australia, softback 354pp, ISBN 97892383557,

A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to France.

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Dee Nolan pulls on her walking boots again to retrace the footsteps of the vast numbers of medieval French pilgrims who travelled to the shrine of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela. Dee’s French pilgrimage winds through magnificent and changing landscapes: from Burgundy’s vine-covered slopes to the gastronomic capital of Lyon; up onto the vast windswept meadows of the Aubrac plateau; along the dramatic Lot river; through the gentle hills of Gascony; to the trout-filled rivers of the Pyréneés and, finally to Santiago de Compostela itself.

She meets the monks whose medieval predecessors planted the vineyards we see today, visits local markets with some of France’s greatest chefs, cooks traditional recipes in home kitchens and walks with farmers taking cattle to the high pasture. Beautifully photographed by Earl Carter, this captivating book includes five detailed maps, advice on planning a French pilgrimage, a recommended reading list and helpful addresses.



Published: 2014 by Lantern / Penguin Australia
Hardback: 400pp
ISBN: 9781921382918
RRP: AUD $79.95