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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (September 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159257114X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592571147
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wide-ranging, well-organized handbook to enjoying wine with many more foods besides cheese."
Associated Press

About the Author

Anthony DiDio is a 25-year veteran of New York City’s food and wine industry, overseeing wine placements in the top restaurants, hotels, and clubs in the NYC metro area. He is also a frequent guest on the Food Network’s Molto Mario Cooking Show, and has held seminars at such restaurants as The Four Seasons.


Amy Zavatto writes about food, wine, and entertainment for Food & Wine, Gotham, Hamptons, and TimeOut New York, as well as TimeOut New York’s Eating and Drinking Guide. Her articles have also appeared in Jane and Atomic. Co-author of Renaissance Guide to Wine and Food Pairing, Zavatto is an avid cook.


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The suggestions for which wines to choose with various meals are informative and extremely useful.
Laura Dewsnap
All of the information is presented in a fun, easily accessible style that makes the book an easy read and a handy reference to keep around.
S. Carr
This is high praise coming from the man who hates most wine books and thinks he knows everything already.
LBD

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135 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Bevetroppo on December 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is my second posted review of The Renaissance Guide to Wine and Food Pairing. The first review was actually removed from Amazon after earning six helpful votes, allegedly because I criticized the authors so harshly that I violated the Amazon code of conduct. The review also provoked at least one other (anonymous) reviewer to call me a wine snob because I didn't agree with him/her/it. All I can say is, gee whiz, folks, it's just a book review-lighten up! Read `em all and make up your own mind. And if you think I'm some kind of crackpot wine geek because I hate this book, well, that's entirely your prerogative.

Rather than write a whole new review, I've decided to republish most of the original, though I am removing the specific phrases that offended the "Keep Amazon Beautiful Committee".

The Renaissance Guide to Wine and Food Pairing is a bad book. In fact, I was so repelled by it that I feel it incumbent upon me as an Amazon reviewer to warn all unsuspecting readers away as though it were the scene of a gruesome accident, or at minimum a wine so bad it would make you sick just to smell it, let alone drink it.

It's only sporting for someone to inform you that when you buy this book you aren't getting an organized and comprehensive analysis of the subject in the book's title. Instead, the first 100 pages or so discuss wine history and how to read wine labels from around the world (not a bad thing in a wine book, but why devote so much space to it here?), and the rest of the book mostly consists of transcribed interviews with famous chefs and winemakers. Each new chapter is another exercise in smug and self-congratulatory "conversations" with the winemakers and chefs (like,wow, isn't it cool we can sit around and chuckle with all these food and wine hotshots?).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
Finally...a food and wine book that is a great read, not a typical totally boring food and wine book. No knock on the Andrea Immers of the World but her style (which is the prevailing literary style in this genre) is in a word BORING!
Mr. DiDio on the other hand takes a novel approach. The book has a you are there feel to it; especially his banter with culinary luminaries such as Daniel Bouloud, Rick Moonen and Don Pintabona and his insightful interviews with world class winemakers such as Paul Draper of Ridge, Jim Clendenen of au Bon Climat, Bob Lindquist of Qupe and Bob Sessions of Hanzell.
I give this book 4 chef's hats!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Carr on September 15, 2003
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In this GREAT book you'll learn all about how to match wines with food whether you're cooking at home or eating out. All of the information is presented in a fun, easily accessible style that makes the book an easy read and a handy reference to keep around. I've already referred back to it a few times. The guide on reading the winelist at a restaurant is a bonus!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Laura Dewsnap on October 15, 2003
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Not being a wine connoisseur I found this book to be extremely educational. The easy going dialogue that permeates the book makes you feel like you're right there with the tasting crew. The suggestions for which wines to choose with various meals are informative and extremely useful. A great reference book and a great gift idea...with a bottle of wine, of course!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wine Novice on February 8, 2008
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I have found this book to be extremely helpful in making my wine choices. It is easy to read so a non-expert (like me) is not put off. In addition, I have given it out as a gift to a number of friends and family. We are all waiting for the second volume!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LBD on December 26, 2004
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I got this book for my step-father the wine snob and he loves it. This is high praise coming from the man who hates most wine books and thinks he knows everything already. Added bonus- I love it too. Very helpful for a novice like myself, great writing and beautiful design. Highly recommended!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shazzer on December 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
For those of you stumbling around looking for help that you can enjoy AND understand look no more! If I didn't know better I would think that Ms. Zavatto and Mr. Didio were hiding behind a column every time I've ever tried to buy the right bottle of wine. I can't wait for the next effort from these two. Don't leave without picking up a copy for yourself and everyone on your gift list.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2003
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The book makes wine easy to understand and gives you a lot of wine basics that you've always wanted to know. The advice on wine and food pairing gives you confidence and enables you to try combinations that you didn't think of before. The recipes don't sound too hard either!
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