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100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Serve with Wines You Love Hardcover – April 12, 2010
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Sensational food and wine pairings don't require a sommelier's expertise. 100 Perfect Pairings makes them simple with a wide range of deliciously sophisticated but amazingly easy-to-make small plates to complement your favorite wines.
Written for everyday wine lovers, this savvy, friendly cookbook features 100 recipes organized by twelve popular varietals. Want to know what to serve with Chardonnay? Or Merlot? Or Zinfandel? Just turn to that chapter, make any one of the creative, delectable snacks and appetizers you find there, and serve it with your favorite wine. It's that easy.
Enjoy Smoked Trout Salad on Pumpernickel Toasts with Sauvignon Blanc; Gouda and Chutney Quesadillas with Gewürztraminer; and Pizza with Salami, Mozzarella, and Fresh Herbs with Syrah. But don't stop there—basic pairing advice is peppered throughout the book, so you can even develop your own perfect pairings.
Whether you're serving Pinot Grigio or Pinot Noir, hosting a big party or simply sharing a bottle of wine with friends, 100 Perfect Pairings delivers incredible dishes that make every pairing perfect!
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Spice up your parties and get-togethers with delectable, creative small plates that make perfect companions for your favorite wines. Whether you're serving Chardonnay, Cabernet, or any of ten other popular varietals, these recipes offer enticing alternatives to cheese and crackers.
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The recipes that caught my eye were my kind of food - simple to prepare, but had just one or two ingredients that vaulted them from "that tastes good" to "ooh, what's in there." The fresh corn with citrus butter, a match for Sauvignon Blanc, adds the zest of an orange, lemon and lime to unsalted butter. Cinnamon cream cheese sandwiches are recommended as an afternoon pairing with a glass of Gewurztraminer. Syrah is a match for a salami, mozzarella, walnut and herb topped pizza.
The recipes are the star of this book, but I absolutely loved the way the author presented several essential food and wine pairing tips in the sections 'A Really Brief Discussion of Food and Wine Pairing,' and 'Fine Tuning Tips.' This part of the book, just a short four pages, gives food and wine pairing novices many of the tools I teach at my food and wine pairing classes.
The book is small enough to keep in the kitchen or bring to the grocery store. 100 Perfect Pairings would make a great gift for a new bride, a housewarming gift for a friend who loves to entertain, or a solid culinary addition to a wine lover's bookcase.
That said - here is my full disclosure!! I recently had the pleasure of taking a cooking class from Jill. The class was based on this little book and sprang from her love of food and wine - and the way they complement one another. Taking no credit for the idea - some foodie friends of mine and I decided to cook our way through Jill's book. We meet regularly and have tackled the recipes one-by-one starting with the very first recipe in the book.
Thus far, we have had a deliciously educational time. And for these reasons - the recipes are well-crafted and easy to read. They are not complex - but lay a foundation for further creativity. Jill spurs this on!! And the acid test?? The end product is reliable and delicious.
We took Jill's class - and bought the book to unravel the art of pairing wine and food. I have always thought of it as a mystery and a hard to learn skill. With Jill's guiding hand - we have learned what works, what doesn't work, what we like and most importantly, why we like it.
Love the book and recommend it as an addition to any cook's shelf. What a great gift for a young couple exploring the world of wine and food. On the other hand - I am a tried and true cook, caterer, cooking teacher and personal chef - and have found the book to be a very tasty morsel.
This book is for people who like to eat and drink but are still figuring out the nuances of different wines and how they go with food. Reading this book is a big shot of demystification.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a hostess gift for a dinner party. Perfect for the wine lover who enjoys entertaining.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
I gave this to a relative who has a small boutique winery and enjoys giving private tastings and needed some new recipes for small plates to accompany the wines.Published 20 months ago by N. Wood
If you are looking for out of the ordinary this is it!
Very easy to understand and follow... some unusual recipes that will certainly impress your guests. Read more
I bought this for someone for Christmas. They liked it and I like that compared to others pair books I was considering, this one is less of an encyclopedic reference book. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Brandon
I took a class from Jill and immediately ordered these two books.....I think I was still in the class when ordering it on line. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Constance L. Chrysler
This is a wonderful book for foodies and wine lovers. I wanted to learn more about wine and food pairings, and got this book before hosting a wine tasting. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by cate
After living in SF for two years, my boyfriend and I became obsessed with wine. This book has helped us to try new wines and has really made for some great wine-and-cheese... Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by Megan