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Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier's Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Food Hardcover – May 15, 2006
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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.Read more ›
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!
Diane C. Donovan
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has become a great guide for pairing the proper wine with any meal (except breakfast).Published 3 months ago by Henry E. Grimball
A great book that refines what it means to pair wine and food for greater enjoyment. This book maybe a little over peoples heads, but if you really think/ digest what he is saying-... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tyler
My wife, who is the wine expert, loves this book. She keeps rereading it for more ideas.Published 13 months ago by Los Al Dave
I love the book. Its great to learn about wine and food too.Published 16 months ago by Serge Colombeau