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  • Series: Back to Basics Cooking
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc. (November 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601383592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601383594
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John was born in Miami, Florida in 1970. He grew up in the Tampa Bay area, but attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, in Winston Salem NC, for High School. He attended Florida State University and got a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University.

In August of 2007, he took the plunge. John had been a social worker in child protective services for far too many years, and had been toying with the idea of being a writer. He had written for a few national magazines and recieved positive responses for his work.

He decided to quit social work and took a chance at writing full time. Luck was on his side, as his first year he was signed to write seven books for Atlantic Publishing Company.

Since then he has been writing for a number of magazines including Herb Companion, Precognito, and Winemaker Magazine as well as freelance work to create workbooks, ebooks, articles, ghost write books, blogs and much more.

He is now working full time filling requests and hope to get some fiction completed and published this coming year. He freelanced for the New York Times, Bloomberg News, and Reuters. He is working on an upcoming book about his adventures covering the John Edward's trial.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Zemanski on March 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Being a wine lover, I just had to read this book and I wasn't disappointed. Packed full of interesting stories and advice from amateur wine makers, it answered just about any question I had (or didn't even know I had) about winemaking. The book carefully guides the reader through the winemaking process from the equipment you need (and why you need it) to 10 troubleshooting tips in case things go awry ("my wine smells like dirt or "my white wine is turning red").
After reading this book, the most surprising point to me is that you really don't need a ton of equipment or huge barrels in your basement to make a good bottle of wine. You can even use buckets (just make sure they are sanitized).
Selecting the ingredients is where the fun begins. The author, John Peragine, provides recipes using everything from frozen concentrate grape juice and sugar to rice and raisins. Just as the title eludes to, there are some wild wines to be created -- made from fruits, vegetables, grains and even flowers. Some of the recipes are surprisingly easy and others are more complex, but they all give you precise step-by-step instructions.
I feel like I've become friends with Peragine and if I knew his phone number, I wouldn't even hesitate to call him for advice in the middle of the process! But, I probably wouldn't need to, because I'm sure the answer is in this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea McQuaid on February 25, 2010
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In times of economic distress, we look for simpler ways to live our lives. 101 Recipes for Making Wild Wines at Home: A Step-by-Step Guide is a great way to further one's wine enthusiasm for a fraction of the cost. Blissfully light on drier topics, such as history, the book dives right into working with the basic ingredients.

Without getting too complex, the basic, working knowledge of the ingredients is detailed, one at a time. The author's personal experiences provide a wealth of inside tips and tricks to ease the reader's own attempts at wine-making. The basic knowledge is then expanded upon, for the reader who wants to take the next step, or the novice who can't get enough knowledge about their new craft.

The real juice (no pun intended) of this book is the recipes. Starting with the most basic, the author provides quite the springboard to jump from, gathering confidence as you go through punches, meads, ciders, vegetable wines, grain wines, and herbal wines. The variety of recipes should prove to inspire the reader to create their own wines.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Englander on September 17, 2012
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This booked seemed very promising due to the wild wine recipes that it contained but when you look a little closer (and more thoroughly than the editor did) you notice that a large amount of the recipes are wrong, don't include where to actually add ingredients that are listed to be needed in the ingredient list, and there is little to no explanation on how to actually make wine. For a long time winemaker this may be a good source to find recipe ideas but I would worry about actually making the specific recipe due to the inconsistency of them. It does a good job at explaining the very very basics...well almost. Look up "Camden tablet" in the index. You would assume since this is an ingredient needed in many a wine recipe including most of the ones in the book, it would take you to a page explaining what a "Camden tablet" is. Instead "Camden Tablet p.137" is the only thing listed which turns out to be a recipe for wine which includes a Camden tablet like the other 100 recipes in the book....nothing else. In another recipe Lemon juice/rind is listed in needed ingredients but nowhere in the recipe does it say where or when to add it. As someone who brews beer, I know things are done at specific times for specific reasons. Little things can alter a recipe drastically. I believe that the author has some really good ideas but his editor needs to pay a little bit better attention to the important things!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Solomon on May 18, 2010
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Have you ever had the fantasy of owning your very own winery with a centuries old Chateau estate and all? Well, if you have no one in the family that you could possibly inherit this from, don't despair. John Peragine is here to help you with his book "101 Recipes for Making Wild Wines at Home". All you need is a working kitchen, an extra closet for your "cellar" and a good Farmer's Market or corner grocery store.
In the first chapter, Peragine teaches you wine making 101 to get you started. Then the fun begins with recipes from grapes, fruit, herbs and even vegetables. Oh and the recipe names are a hoot such as "Light Me on Fire", "Take Me with You" and "Crazy Monkey Wine". Did you know that you can make wine from onions?! The recipe is appropriately titled "Cry Baby Wine". Along with the recipes, there are plenty of case studies. This book is not only informative but a fun read as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jessica J. on June 28, 2011
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This book is the most helpful one I have purchased about wine making. Reading more like a cookbook than a book on the philosophy of wine making, you can get started right away. The beginning is filled with excellent practical recommendations, including how to get started cheaply and simply and then steps to take when you're looking at getting more serious. Lots of practical tips to avoid mistakes without getting wordy.

Then the bulk of the book is filled with recipes. It's like a cookbook. Step by step. Add one pound of this to two cups of that. Exact time frames and easy instructions on how to change your wines in steps to suit your tastes. Love this book and have placed it right next to the other cookbooks in my kitchen.
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