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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1st edition (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520243773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520243774
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Goldstein, a James Beard Award–winning sommelier and author of Five Star Service, tackles the tricky task of pairing wine with food. His practical guide for learning about the different styles of wines (varietals) encourages experimentation and offers hints on how to taste with discernment. Comprehensive chapters on 12 common varietals and sections on sparkling and dessert wines contain the most pertinent facts: regions, top producers, key flavors to look for and ideas for food pairings. Goldstein's mother, Joyce, a noted chef and cookbook author (The Mediterranean Kitchen) shares complementary recipes for simple yet flavorful dishes. Sample menus suggest, for instance, pairing an austere merlot with Tuna with Rosemary and Citrus Tapenade; or an aged, developed syrah with Korean Short Ribs. A thorough glossary of everyday wine terms rounds out a useful primer for those who like wine but don't have extensive knowledge of the subject. 16 color photos. (May)
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“Makes you want to go all-out for your next dinner party.”
(Wall Street Journal 2008-10-31)

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This is an excellent book about food and wine pairing.
Julie W. Snyder
Not only does it discuss why certain wines go well with different foods, it actually offers recipes and pairings as proof!
Jonathan Appleseed
So the least I can do is give the book an excellent review.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By I. Seligman on May 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I wish that I could have the knowledge of this book by osmosis. To read Evan's insightful comments about a wine, then to read suggestions on food pairings with that wine, is a delight. Additionally, Joyce's ample recipes, some simple, some complex, are well chosen, and a strong plus for adventuresome cooks to buy this book.

This was my favorite pairing book (and there's several books out there!) till recently.

When I saw a copy of "What to Drink with What You Eat: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine...by Andrew Dornenburg, I realized that Dorenberg had "one-upped" this good text in different ways. One can find the food type, or the dominant spicing or saucing, then work backwards to the wines that are better suited. This is a more intuitive way for most people not well versed in different wines, and is better for me, as I need to match a wine to a fish's sauce more than to the fish. Still it does not diminish my appreciation for Perfect Pairing one bit. Evan Goldstein's Perfect Pairings does acknowledge this importance as well on pages 22-23 and 26-7, however many readers may gloss over this. The book is not as well geared as Dorenberg's in my opinion, for things such as spicy or some Asian or other ethnic foods, your mileage may vary.

Additionally, Dorenberg's book expands one's options with a food to go beyond wine for pairings, to include spirits, beer, etc. This makes more sense, as I just love a good beer with some things (some Asian food, German foods, etc.) that just don't work as well with recommended wines. The drawback (or plus, to some) to Dorenburg's book is that it isn't a text as Goldstein's.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Heather Hatcher on March 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've been in the wine trade for over five years now and have been in search of a book to recommend to my customers in regards to pairing wine and food. So far, everything that I've come across has seemed flat and dull and generally boring.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Goldstein last week at a trade seminar and picked up a copy of his book, and I must say that I've finally found it, the penultimate pairing guide! He not only goes into which particular wines go with which foods, but goes into the "whys" as well. This makes a tremendous difference, since you can carry that knowledge over to some of the more obscure wines and foods that aren't covered in the book.

Overall, the book is a fantastically fun read in and of itself, and I can't wait to try out some of Joyce's recipes- they look fabulous. Mr. Goldstein has managed to put into words what many of us in the industry love to try and convey- the sheer fun, joy and adventure of pairing food and wine. Salut!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Books R Us on July 14, 2006
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I'm writing this minutes after a sublime experience, drinking Evan Goldstein's recommended fruit-forward Pinot Noir with Joyce Goldstein's incredibly good recipe for Pork Loin Glazed with Pomegranate and Orange. I actually Googled Evan's name because I wanted to send him some fan e-mail -- alas, couldn't find an address. So the least I can do is give the book an excellent review. I learned more about pairing wine and food in the book's first chapter than I have after years of subscribing to wine publications. Two thumbs up!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Appleseed VINE VOICE on December 29, 2006
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This is one of the finest books on pairing wines with foods that I have ever come across. Not only does it discuss why certain wines go well with different foods, it actually offers recipes and pairings as proof! I've tried a few recipes, and every one has gone perfectly with their recommendations. There are several more I want to try, and eventually (slowly, because I don't often cook) will, and I am confident that all other recipes will hold up to the few I've tried.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
PERFECT PAIRINGS: A MASTER SOMMELIER'S PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR PARTNERING WINE WITH FOOD isn't for the casual cook: it's the item of choice for home cooks who are well beyond the basics and seek to understand the underlying logic of pairing foods with the wines available from around the world. Evan Goldstein is a restaurant industry veteran, as is his wife, so PERFECT PAIRINGS comes from a professional's point of view and offers the depth of perception on some twelve grape varietals paired with over fifty recipes by chef Joyce that other books couldn't touch in a wine analysis alone. Explanations of food and wine pairings focus on the elements which bring both to life with excellent pointers on other desirable pairings.

Diane C. Donovan

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Duvernois TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
There are plenty of reviews here, and this is an excellent book, one that I would recommend without hesitation. Except, if you only want one book, there's now a better wine (and other drink) pairing book available. That is What to Drink with What You Eat: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea - Even Water - Based on Expert Advice from America's Best Sommeliers which expands on the wine pairings to add beer, spirits, coffee, and tea.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Foothills Reader on September 28, 2007
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If you don't care that much about photos with recipes, this book is excellent on text. There is a photo section in the middle but personally I like to see at least half of the cookbook with accompanying photos. I gave this as a first anniversary gift to my son and daughter-in-law because they enjoy both wines and foods. She liked it a lot for the information about how to combine dishes and also the sections on history of the wines/regions. It is weak on information about American wines and in some cases it might be difficult to find some of the foreign wines mentioned. I would probably use it more as a reference book than a standard cookbook.
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