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The Vineyard Kitchen: Menus Inspired by the Seasons (Cookbooks) Hardcover – September 2, 2003

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The "vineyard" in this case is not Martha's, but Maria and Robert's aka the Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa Valley. The author, who previously served as executive chef at San Francisco's PlumpJack Cafe, now holds cooking classes at the vineyard. Expectedly, the freshest seasonal produce is key to most of these 145 recipes arranged in 40 menus grouped around each of the four seasons. The three-course meals include succulently simple starters such as Roasted Tomatoes with Pecorino Toscano and Olives for the fall and Poached Artichokes with Lemon Aioli for spring. Entrees range from easy (Grilled Pork Chops with a Fresh Apricot Glaze for summer) to challenging (Goose with Roasted Turnips and Apples for winter). Sinskey says that goose will cook uniformly if breast and legs are roasted separately. The Duck Confit with French Green Lentils calls for six cups of rendered duck fat, but Sinskey also offers the healthier alternative of braising the bird's legs in duck stock. She suggests that cooks mix and match recipes, but provides full menus like this for spring: Grilled Asparagus with Prosciutto and a Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette, Herb-Marinated Rack of Lamb with Roasted Garlic Fingerling Potatoes and Strawberry Ice Cream Profiteroles with Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce. Sinskey suggests wine, too, usually a different one for each course. True lusty California cuisine, the dishes will suit most kitchens. Two dozen photos, illustrating the vineyard and its produce throughout the year, are by Robert Sinskey.
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About the Author

Named one of the "Best New Chefs in America" by Food & Wine magazine, Maria Helm Sinskey is one of California's most renowned young chefs. Formerly the executive chef of PlumpJack Café in San Francisco, she now provides culinary direction and cooking classes at Robert Sinskey Vineyards, the Napa Valley winery she owns with her husband.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cookbooks
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (September 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060013966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060013967
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #961,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tonight I tried two of the recipes in this book and both turned out so absolutely delicious that I believe it is my obligation to write a review about it. I made the roasted tomatoes with olives and cheese along with the oven-roasted potatoes and shallots. I served these dishes with steak. Browsing through this book (which I borrowed from the library), I see a few must-try recipes that use the minimum of quality ingredients needed to produce an outstanding dish. In general, I don't have the patience for recipes that use up tiny amounts of expensive (likely to be used only once) ingredients. For example, the butternut squash soup uses squash, onion, honey, sage, stock and creme fraiche (easily reproduced with cream and buttermilk). Simple yet different all the same. Based on my thorough browse of this book, Amazon can expect another book order from me.
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I'm so OVER cookbooks that try to impress and then merely confuse. I loved this cookbook, because the author/chef is so aware of what truly matters in cooking well...fresh, in season ingredients and preparation that enhances these ingredients. There's nothing pretentious about any of the recipes...some may seem a bit intimitating to novice cooks, but each recipe is very well written in order to guide and instruct. I always check out interesting cookbooks from my library to see if they are worth the investment before I buy...this one definitely is. Kudos to Maria Helm Skinskey...a great cookbook.
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I am not an experienced cook by any means, but I found the recipes to be clear, easy to follow and delicious!
Many cookbooks that I buy tend to be a bit intimidating. But not this one.
The Black and Blueberry Cobbler recipe was a huge hit at my dinner party.
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I actually bought this book at the Sinskey Vineyard in Napa. I was so pleased with the results that I felt compelled to write a review. Maria Sinskey has put together a collection of menus and recipes that are simple to follow and don't require a million ingredients. The flavors are unexpected and sublime. She gives the reader an appetizer, an entree and dessert with each menu. I find this really useful since I am not good at preparing menus. I made the roasted sage chicken with sweet potatoes and cippolini onions and my husband raved about it. The beauty of it was when it came out of the oven the chicken was moist, the potatoes were done to perfection, the onions were carmelized and the sauce was done. The dish needed no additional work or gravy making which was a relief! I highly recommend this cookbook, it is a gem!
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If you like to cook and have the time and few extra dollars in your budget, invite your very special friends over for dinner and pick a page. Some of things in the cookbook are impossible to find if you live in a small town, I won't lie, but you can go on the internet and purchase almost anything you want for a party. I absoutely love this cookbook but it is high end and you need to make sure you have time to make some of these fabulous receipes. Your guests will say "Wow", mind did. I felt proud and didn't think I could do it, but I did. Practice with your family or tell your guests you are inviting them to taste test a new receipe. Just make it, you won't reget it.
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This book has some great receipes in it but almost no pictures of the food. The receipes are honest and delicious and a little above the skill of the average cook.
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