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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (November 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316045136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316045131
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2011 Gourmand Wine Book Award winner - USA
2011 Gourmand World Cookbook Award winner - Named "Best in the World" in its category
2012 Nautilus Book Award - Food / Cooking / Healthy Eating
2012 James Beard Book Award Finalist - Reference & Scholarship
2012 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Book Award Finalist - Wine, Beer or Spirits


"What I'm reading: the latest from two of my favorite authors,
THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE. Outstanding."
—Tim Ferriss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body


“The #1 Wine Book of the Year as chosen by 195 'Best Of' lists.”
—Compiled by Jane Kelly and the team behind Eat Your Books, 12/21/11

“Wonderful…It placed second on our list of the 12 best food or wine books of the year, behind Modernist Cuisine…We love this book.”
—Anthony Gismondi and Kasey Wilson, CFUN Radio, 12/21/11

“My favorite wine book this year, the one that will end up with the most worn pages…A worthy follow-up to their fabulous WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT, it's packed with practical and clever advice.”
—Bill Ward, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12/14/11

“A book that will welcome, engage, and enlighten a broad spectrum of wine lovers, from the novice to the expert....Invaluable, even for people with loads of wine experience.” —Jameson Fink, Foodista, 12/9/11

“The Best Wine Book of the Year…Their latest book is good. Very good. And it's organized like their books CULINARY ARTISTRY and WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT — classics for every thoughtful cookbook shelf.” —Jenn Garbee, LA Weekly, 12/2/11

“Smart, well-informed advice and guidance about wine…One of the 11 Best Food Books of 2011.” —Carey Polis, The Huffington Post, 11/29/11

“Remarkably down to earth, and often fun…One of the five best wine books of the year.” —Wine columnist Lettie Teague, The Wall Street Journal, 11/19/11 & 10/27/11

“The perfect wine course that cuts to the chase and leaves out all those tedious details…The 'cheat sheet' that can make you appear as if you’ve studied wine for years…Startlingly comprehensive.” —Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave, Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, 11/15/11

"The best wine book I'd laid my eyes on in a very long time...Original...Enlightening and entertaining.” —Tom Wark, Fermentation, 11/2/11

From the Author

January 2012

"Like the authors' previous food and wine book WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT, THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE should become a standard reference for both wine beginners and avid connoisseurs, packed as it is with so much useful advice and insider tips."
--David Lincoln Ross, The Daily Beast (1/6/12)

Dear Reader,

We are grateful to be kicking off 2012 on such a high note:  Our latest labor of love THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE was recently named "The #1 Wine Book of the Year" as chosen by 195 year-end "Best Of" lists (including those of the Chicago Tribune, LA Weekly, Minneapolis Star Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Vancouver Sun, and Wall Street Journal) compiled by the website Eat Your Books. 

THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE even made several lists of the year's very best food books, including those of Beth Fish Reads, CFUN Radio, Foodista, Good Housekeeping, the Huffington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the San Francisco Chronicle.  And it's also been singled out for praise from leading wine authorities such as master sommelier Doug Frost, award-winning author Mark Oldman, and Marguerite Thomas of Wine Review Online, who deemed it "an essential addition to every wine lover's library."

THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE picks up where our book WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT left off in exploring the relationship between food and wine, delving more deeply into the notion of wine as a "sauce" that "accents and enhances flavor in food," as Chez Panisse's Alice Waters and Paul Bertolli put it so beautifully.

There's never been a better time to master wine -- or to enjoy its delicious pleasures.  Wine's role in a healthy lifestyle has been advocated by experts ranging from bestselling author Michael Pollan (who wrote in IN DEFENSE OF FOOD that "The fact is that people who drink moderately and regularly live longer and suffer considerably less heart disease than teetotalers") to the official U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans (which acknowledge the beneficial effects of moderate alcohol consumption).

And there's never been a better book written expressly to help food lovers master wine.  THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE introduces you to dozens of America's best sommeliers (from such top restaurants as Blue Hill, Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, the French Laundry, the Inn at Little Washington, Le Bernardin, Manresa, Per Se and Spago), sharing their insider perspectives on and insights into the world of wine.  As Ted Loos of Epicurious wrote when recommending the book as one to read in 2012, "You're borne along in a conversation with real people, rather than being sat down and lectured." 

THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE is your invaluable daily reference for looking up more than 250 wines to discover how they're pronounced, where they're produced, what grapes they're based on, their flavor profiles, serving tips, food pairings, notable producers, and more.  And because wine is a never-ending journey, you're bound to discover new resources for learning more, including recommended books, magazines, websites, and organizations.

While we're thrilled by the reviews THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE has received from critics, we are equally thrilled by the comments we've read from readers:  "It is just the type of book my husband and I have been looking for"..."It's the best wine book I've seen that is specifically geared to foodies...I love that it offers layers of information so I can I get more out of it as my wine knowledge increases." Our friend and fellow author Rose Levy Beranbaum, who deemed it "extraordinary," attests, "I love the chart on page 270 of 'Holy Grail Food and Wine Pairings,' which should be laminated and hung in every kitchen."

If you loved THE FLAVOR BIBLE and/or WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT and you enjoy wine, we know that you will also love this book -- which we wrote expressly for you.

With delicious wishes,
Karen and Andrew

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This book is helpful for that and easy to read.
Tamara, Oklahoma
My favorite parts are when the sommelier's are pairing wine with meals and when they are giving different options of wines .
Kathryn Nilsen
This gorgeously illustrated book is a must for anyone who loves good food and wine.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By sonsofsound on October 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The FLGTW is a practical, not pretentious, guide for those who consume rather than collect. Building on their deep research and industry-leading efforts to guide professionals and the rest of us through flavors and their successful combinations, Karen and Andrew go deeper into to the food and wine pairings they first catalogued in "What To Drink With What You Eat," a reference I have used regularly since it was first published. The right combinations can magically transform a meal from the common to the exceptional, and this reference helps us to understand what works, to avoid mistakes, and to enjoy meals even more as a result. "The Food Lover's Guide to Wine" doesn't simplify or "dumb-down," it clarifies and explains. This wonderful book will join "The Flavor Bible" in professional and domestic kitchens for generations.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Nilsen on October 30, 2011
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Last spring I was having a dinner party with a complicated menu and I remember saying to my husband that some people would love a personal chef- me I would opt for a personal sommelier.
Karen Page and Andrew Dorenberg have given me that and much much more. The book is brilliant, a word used to often but not by me. It is a journey from the first page to last.
My favorite parts are when the sommelier's are pairing wine with meals and when they are giving different options of wines . The book also has a interesting history of wines in America and a great list of wines under 15 dollars. Food Lovers Guide is going to be a great Christmas gift and I plan to pair every book with a wine that suits my friend's favorite foods.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ginny on March 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my fiancee', who is a very talented chef (yes I am bragging). He absolutely LOVES the references and descriptive advice given by these wonderful authors regarding beverage paring with each type of food imaginable. The book breaks down into very easy chapters that make it great when you are searching for specific advice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The authors are easily superstars in the gourmet food and wine scene, having now contributed so many salient volumes on each topic. When this volume came out, honestly I wasn't sure the why or the what of it. Seemed like What To Drink With What to Eat needless followup, but that opinion was certainly premature and off-base.

This volume approaches the vital topic of "Wine Guide for Food Lovers" from a completely different slant than their previous books. It approaches it from a thorough and meaningful lens of equipping the food lover to choose wine which will enhance dining.

Why these two authors to do such a work? They answer: what we love most about wine is its ability to make food taste even better! Food first, then wine. And this reviewer says, Amen!

There is so much to master about wine, given its rising popularity now with many more regions producing and more production in regions. It's more about learning to know your palate for wine with food and then exploring and enriching the possibilities here.

The book neatly divides into three sections: Section One is about the first 97 pages and is my standout and go-to section where there is considerable talk about how one can enhance and develop the wine & food marriage. Several of the articles which grabbed me were the Choosing a Wine by Flavors one likes, and "If you now like this wine, try this in addition." They cover a wide girth and breath of the topic so the food lover like the authors looking to enhance the dining experience with vino will be enthralled, inspired and enlightened by these array.

Intermixed with all this good stuff is Sommeliers and other wine folks who offer their experience and advice for the rest of us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Loraine Despres on October 24, 2011
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This gorgeously illustrated book is a must for anyone who loves good food and wine. You'll learn the secrets of sommeliers, the essentials of serving and enjoying wine, and the perfect complement for every course, as well as such esoterica as what disguises all those Beaujolais Crus. Never again will I confuse Muscadet, dry, crisp and delicious with sea food, with sweet Muscat--a wine that's tasty with chocolate: dreadful with oysters. But don't just buy one volume. You'll want a copy of this book for every wine lover or potential wine lover on your holiday list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RenaL on December 12, 2012
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I love to cook, and I love to drink wine, but i never knew why wine pairing were so important. Now I do! Such a great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on January 2, 2012
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I got her the Flavor Bible (same author - Karen Page) several years ago for Christmas. I knew she uses it regularly so when this new book came out I decided to get it. My neighbor absolultely loves it (a die hard Food Channel watcher). I recommend Karen Page books for anyone not necessarily a foodie - but shopping for one - they'll love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jody Oberfelder on October 20, 2011
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Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg have taken the world of taste to a new level. Relishing food and wine in tandem, sourcing history, this new book informs as it tantalizes, keeping our senses alive and in love. They begin their book with a quote: "Where there is no wine, there is no love" Euripedes (480-406 BC) I LOVE THIS BOOK.
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