About Our Hosts


George SemlerA Marine infantry officer and rifle company commander in a former life, George Semler moved to Madrid in 1970 with his wife, Lucie, to work on a Vietnam memoir. Since then Semler has authored six books on Barcelona and one on Madrid and lived in the Spanish capital, the Basque Country and Barcelona. He is presently at work on a book about the Pyrenees based on a two-month walk from Atlantic to Mediterranean,
Semler was a Yale French major and later did a Middlebury masters and completed doctoral work with NYU in Spanish. A generalist, Semler has written about everything from fly fishing to flamenco, wild mushrooms and running with the bulls for publications including the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Forbes, Gray’s Sporting Journal and Sky and is presently a roving food and travel correspondent for The Daily Meal.
His SAVEUR article on Basque eating societies was a finalist for the 2004 James Beard Journalism award. A SKY Magazine article published in 1998 described a family eating and walking trek along the Basque Coast.
He now splits his time between Barcelona and Blue Hill, Maine.


As co-founder and publisher of Gray’s Sporting Journal, Rebecca Gray developed and ran the magazine’s custom fishing travel business, with trips to Alaska, Mexico, and the Bahamas. As a fly fisher, bird hunter, scuba diver, and inquisitive traveler, she has journeyed extensively throughout the world.
Since selling the magazine in 1989, she has worked extensively in management, public relations, fundraising, political advocacy, writing and communications, event planning, and volunteerism, primarily for not-for-profit organizations. She has been employed as a professional fundraiser and public relations director for two New England hospitals, also for the Dartmouth Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center and Dartmouth College.
She has authored twelve books, primarily on the topic of cooking wild edibles — including several menu cookbooks featuring fish and game. She was the expert editor for wild edibles for the 75th Anniversary edition of the Joy of Cooking. Her most recent book is American Artisanal: Finding the Country’s Best Real Food, From Cheese to Chocolate.
She has been a columnist and contributing editor for Attaché (U.S. Airways in-flight magazine), Sports Afield, and Shooting Sportsman, and has been published in Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, SAVEUR, Garden Design, Playboy, Esquire Sportsman, Town & Country, Navigator, Outside, Field & Stream, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Valley News and elsewhere.

Ed Gray is a former naval officer, an instrument rated private pilot, a rescue certified scuba diver, an avid hunter and fly fisherman, and an experienced backcountry traveler and trip leader.
His nonprofit service has included terms as Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, and Interim Executive Director of the Connecticut River Conservancy, the 60-year-old independent protector of New England’s largest river and its four-state watershed. He is a board member and former Treasurer of White River Indie Films, a Vermont-based educational and outreach nonprofit, and currently serves as Treasurer for the Class of 1967 at Dartmouth College, where he earned an undergraduate degree in economics and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School.
He was the co-founder of Gray’s Sporting Journal where he discovered and edited the early fiction of E. Annie Proulx, Rick Bass and many others who have gone on to distinguished writing careers. He and Rebecca subsequently founded Graybooks Publishers and Aisle Seat Books, where he originated and developed the concept of Movie Length Tales™.
He is the author of more than a dozen books, both fiction and nonfiction.