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Tasting the Wine Country: Recipes from Romantic Inns and Resorts [With Music CD] Paperback – August 25, 2001

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About the Author

Sharon O'Connor was the first person ever to pair a cookbook with music. What seems like a simple idea food and music are a natural combination is actually the culmination of years of life experience. As O'Connor puts it, Menus and Music has packaged up my life.

After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with degrees in music and sociology, O'Connor trained at the renowned Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. She began her career as a performer with the San Francisco Ballet and Opera and has worked with famed performers such as Frank Sinatra, Van Morrison, Tony Bennett and Linda Ronstadt. She has also recorded with the American Conservatory Theater, Aretha Franklin, John Williams, and for numerous Hollywood film scores. She continued her musical career as the founder and cellist of the San Francisco String Quartet.

A lifelong amateur chef, O'Connor began looking for a way to combine her loves for music, food, travel, and writing. Twelve years ago, while driving across the San Francisco Bay Bridge after a performance with her string quartet, she came up with the idea for Menus and Music.

Now, fourteen volumes later, O'Connor travels the world to research each cookbook and is an expert in adapting recipes from professional chefs for the home cook. Equal time is devoted to meeting with other musicians, mixing, arranging, editing, and performing the musical selections on the compact discs.

Sharon O'Connor makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two daughters and husband. Her family enthusiastically helps in the research, travel, and tasting for her series. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Menus & Music Productions (August 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883914337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883914332
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,753,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Karen on January 18, 2007
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I gave this to my friend at Christmas and she loves it. It includes stories about the recipes and different wine regions in the country. My friend recently invited us over to try the bananas foster recipe by the original chef/creator. It was fabulous.
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Having vacationed at some of the inns featured in the book, I have enjoyed cooking recipes that take me back to such pleasurable memories! I am giving this book to two of my friends that love to cook. The friend that gave me the book for my birthday, did not purchase one for herself. I will gladly make sure she gets one! The dishes are authentic and not too fussy to actually cook and enjoy!
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I'm a vegetarian. This book doesn't delve into my world so much. However, we were staying at a place in Santa Cruz that had this book, so I decided to adapt one or two recipes to a vegetarian diet. The results: amazing.

I started with the Sesame Crusted Salmon, substituting marinated tofu for the salmon. I didn't tell anyone what the original recipe was, so I was shocked when my husband said it tasted like salmon. Also, the butternut squash and chestnut soup was divine, as was the french toast recipe.

I appreciate the attention to flavor and to ingredients that this compilation of recipes has. I highly recommend it to foodies of both carnivore and herbivore variety.
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The book is very well presented. I received this as a retirement gift and am looking forward to trying all the recipes. The music was very relaxing and perfect for sitting on the deck sipping a good glass of wine.
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