Two tapas featuring cheese and cherries from Extremadura lead José Andrés to visit the region. Included: the cheese makers (and the sheep) responsible for torta del Casar, a creamy cheese; the area's cherry fields; the fields and factories responsible for pimentón (Spanish paprika). Also: the region's link to a French culinary tradition.
A visit to Valencia shows how the Christmas delicacy of turron (a nutty paste) is made. Also: a creamy drink made from tiger nuts; the region's wineries; the Valencia Fallas festival; fideua (a noodle dish); a meal made with real gold.
Cantabria is explored. Included: anchovies with nectarines; the capital city Santander; the town of Santillana del Mar, known for its ancient cave paintings. Also: making a steak with blue picon cheese.
A visit to Granada in Andalucia inspires the creation of cold soups featuring gazpacho and ajo blanco, an Andalucian delicacy. Also: the festival of Feria de Abril in Sevilla; La Alhambra, which is considered one of the modern world's seven wonders.
Iles Balears is explored. Included: making an omelet with sobrasada (a spreadable sausage); a Mallorca black-pig farm; a dessert made from pork lard. Also: lobster fishing on the island of Menorca; a cheesemaker; ginmakers.
The region of Catalonia, known for its onions. Included: the Calçot Festival in honor of the sweet onion; an onion-and-white-bean omelet; the traditional dishes of mar y montana (surf and turf) and cannelloni.
A stop in Rioja highlights the famous wine named after the region; and visits a vegetable market and a family-run restaurant. Also: a tapa of apples with red-wine syrup; a potato-and-chorizo sausage dish.
A visit to Barcelona includes a stop in a market and highlights the work of Salvador Dali and chef Ferran Adria. Also: tapa recipes, including marinated olives and toast with cheese and anchovy; and rice with mushrooms, artichokes and cuttlefish.
The principality of Asturias is explored. Included: an apple-and-cheese salad; caramelized onions with corn cakes; the region's hard cider. Also: José Andrés and his family enjoy bean stew with sausages.