A Catalan Dish for My Country, 43 Years After the Spanish Dictatorship

All kids are born with different inquietuds, yearnings, and food is definitely one of mine. So is travel. I had a fire inside me to see different places, meet new people, and learn new languages. Also, I longed to escape the oppression of Spain’s military dictator, Francisco Franco.

When I was born, Franco was in power. I was from Catalonia, so there wasn’t much to like about him, and as a kid I didn’t know much about Spanish history at the time either. But I knew enough that there was a dictator ruling the country and that a better way of life had to be possible.