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Tasting Club: Gathering Together to Share and Savor Your Favorite Tastes Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (August 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756620597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756620592
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Gourmands and novices alike can cultivate their palates with this DIY guide to themed tasting parties. Seizing on a growing home entertaining trend, culinary educator Cheney offers 10 different plans for tasting, including the most popular items like wine, chocolate and cheese, to more obscure tasting subjects like honey, tea, balsamic vinegar and apples. In the Basics chapter, Cheney explains how to structure your party using the book and photocopied "tasting grids" that can be distributed to each guest for exploring and recording the experience. She recommends choosing six different variations for a tasting and explains how to set up a table to accommodate the foods as well as palate cleansers and complementary accompaniments. Each of the following chapters is devoted to a single subject, with important background information, such as how and where olive oil is made and how the product is graded in different countries. For every tasting, Cheney has included a menu and recipes for sophisticated, appropriate pairings (wines, radishes and a wild mushroom quiche for an evening French cheese tasting; antipasto platter, vin santo, red grapes and biscotti for a global extra virgin olive oil tasting). Throughout, Cheney proves to be an excellent guide, making her urbane subject matter accessible and her parties both fun and informative. (Sept.)
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About the Author

Dina Cheney, a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University and the Institute of Culinary Education, is a freelance writer, tasting host, and former cooking teacher. The author of Tasting Club (DK Publishing), Dina writes for a number of local and national publications. Previously, she taught hundreds of students to cook through her business, Cooking by Heart. In this capacity, Dina was featured on Fox 5 News, as well as in The New York Times, the New York Daily News, and more.

More About the Author

I'm the author of Tasting Club (DK, 2006), Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Salads (Oxmoor House, 2009), Year-Round Slow Cooker; 100 Favorite Recipes for Every Season (The Taunton Press, 2013), as well as the forthcoming Meatless All Day; Recipes for Inspired Vegetarian Meals (The Taunton Press, March 4, 2014). For over three years, I've also been the "Taste Test" columnist for Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine, and have written or developed recipes for several other publications, including Fine Cooking, Parents, Cooking Light, Specialty Food, Coastal Living, Clean Eating, and Huffington Post.

An enthusiastic public speaker, I've conducted over 45 tastings and talks nationwide, and--previously--taught over 100 cooking classes through my (former) culinary instruction business, Cooking by Heart.

Over 110 media outlets have covered my work. Just a few include Redbook, Real Simple, Every Day with Rachael Ray, The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Post, "Fox" News in Boston and New York, NPR, and eHow.com (10 slow cooker videos).

Before embarking on my career in writing and teaching, I graduated from Columbia College, Columbia University (Anthropology/English Literature) and the Institute of Culinary Education Career program.

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This book is both beautiful and useful.
Picara
Everyone had a great time and learned a lot about extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, dark chocolate and cheese.
W. Furman
It is a great base for having fun/new/different types of parties.
Danielle M. Ball

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Georgia O'Keefe on September 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Discovering this jewel of a book is like finding buried treasure. It's filled to the brim with information presented in an entertaining and well-paced manner. I can't believe how much I didn't know -- not just about the ten food categories covered -- but about my own food preferences. Now, after hosting my own chocolate tasting, I know I'll always hold out for the Venezuelan chocolate.

It's gorgeous, the price is right and will make a great gift to bring to a party. Better yet, I think it will create a fun opportunity for a book club break, especially at holiday times when everyone is busy. Having a tasting club meeting -- instead of the usual format -- is an inspired idea!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Anderson on September 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A book worthy of a complete read. I took it with me on a recent flight. "The Tasting Club, I want to join!" the flight attendant said. I smiled, agreeing. What fun! Who wouldn't want to come to a tasting party. This book is filled with gorgeous photographs and plans for 10 kinds of tasting parties. A lot of us have enjoyed wine tastings, but who would have thought of a party tasting apples or honey or tea or balsamic vinegar. The book is clearly organized - each party has the information needed to put together a tasting - information about the food, "learn your palate" and even recipies to accompany the event. I couldn't wait for a tasing party to try Dina's hot chocolate - oh sooo delicious. You will love this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christine Legrand on September 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
You'll love this book! Its both delicious and smart. If you're a novice to the dinner party, its a great alternative - a really fun spin on entertaining. I hope to attend future tastings because I've given this book as both a housewarming and bridal shower gift.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Schwartz on September 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is a real treat. How refreshing for an author to teach us how to use our sense of taste and identify the differences in flavors your palate encounters. There was alot of hard work, research & thought put into this book. The author has done a splendid job of enlightening the reader (& tastee) about the many flavors of food that one has never realized. After reading this one, your palate becomes ever more sensory the next time you eat. ENJOY tasting this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Home Cook on August 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I just got a copy of this book today and I LOVE it! This is the perfect book for anyone... from the enthusiastic entertainer looking for something new to the kitchen-phobic who would like to have a low-maintenance get together. The photos and layout are beautiful--everyone I know is going to be getting this for b-days, host/ess gifts, etc.

I haven't tried any of the tastings yet (obviously), but I've held tastings for friends before (wine, cheese) and it's clear that this book takes them many steps further. I'm already dreaming of a cured meat tasting, a chocolate tasting, an apple tasting (maybe preceded by an apple picking trip)...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Picara on September 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is both beautiful and useful. I so enjoy reading all of the interesting information about the different types of foods and drinks, and have learned so much! And the photos are gorgeous. I have already attended a tasting party inspired by the book, and it was a huge success -- and I was told by the hostess that the event took very little planning or work on her part. A fantastic idea!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Hadley on September 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
You will enjoy looking at this book as well as reading it. The photographs are as beautiful as the writing. The book is chuck full of helpful hints and detailed guidelines on the art of tasting. I especially enjoyed the recipe suggestions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shira Boss on August 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this as a great gift idea, for foodies and also those who don't cook, because the tasting parties can be held with minimal effort. It's more of a book to inspire us to get together and try new things - great idea! As a bonus, there's plenty of information and recipes to try for those who want to go deeper and learn more. I tried the honey tasting - fun, and the guests were really surprised at the differences in honey tastes!
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