Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Feast Home or Sharing the Vineyard Table


Author: Julie Le Clerc

Feast at home with some of Julie Le Clerc's most favourite recipes. Indulge yourself and others with amazing flavour combinations; savour the fragrance and colour of these sumptuous recipes. Take pleasure in preparing delicious little feasts for the people you care about. Cook simple, stylish dishes for every occasion, from cocktail parties to dinner parties. With beautiful full-colour photographs, feast@homeis a treasure trove of food styling ideas with each recipe enhanced with tips and hints for entertaining. Julie's food philosophy-cook from the heart-is obvious on every page. This is the companion volume to the best-selling cafe@home.

Books about: The Brand Gap or House of Mondavi

Sharing the Vineyard Table:  A Celebration of Wine and Food from the Wente Vineyards Restaurant

Author: Carolyn Went

In this beautiful seasonal cookbook, over 100 recipes from the award-winning Wente Vineyards restaurant are complemented by full-color photographs of the food, people, and natural beauty of the Wente family vineyards. The simple but elegant recipes include Pecan-Crusted Rainbow Trout with Black Walnut Butter; Ravioli with Hot Smoked Salmon, Fennel, and Tangerine Butter; Colorado Lamb Loin Chops with Mint and Garlic Oil, Spicy Couscous, and Grilled Summer Squash; and Chocolate Souffle with Raspberry Coulis. Throughout the book, sidebars and notes give easy-to-execute tips for making every meal more enjoyable. In Carolyn's words: "Simple flavors accompanied by a nice wine make even a modest meal a special occasion.

Internet Book Watch

Carolyn Wente (a winery president) and Kimball Jones (an executive chef) successfully collaborate in Sharing The Vineyard Table: A Celebration Of Wine And Food From The Wente Vineyards Restaurant to share stories and secrets of vineyard living and showcase more than one hundred delicious recipes, enhanced with color photography, wine notes, and sidebar commentaries. From Mascarpone Cheesecake with Biscotti Crust and Balsamic Strawberries; Smoked Trout on Potato Chips with Lemon, Fennel, and Dill; and Watercress Soup; to Wild Mushroom Flatbread with Prosciutto, Arugula, and Truffle Oil; Calzone with Artichokes, Westphalian Ham, Ricotta, and Parmesan; and Corn and Smoked Chicken Chowder with JalapenoCilantro Butter, Sharing The Vineyard Table offers dishes in harmony with the seasons. Each recipes, from appetizers to desserts, is accompanied by simple and concise wine notes suggesting the type of wine that will best complement the dish (and why!). A superbly accomplished addition to any cookbook collection Sharing The Vineyard Table is enriched for the family chef or casual gourmet browser with are sidebars of Wente and Jones' personal refections on the farming life of the vineyard, cooking tips, a detailed index, entries for 36 wine varietals followed by a list of all the recipes suggested for pairing, and a list of mailorder resources.

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