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What to Drink with What You Eat: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea - Even Water - Based on Expert Advice from America's Best Sommeliers Hardcover – September, 2006
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2007 IACP Cookbook Award - Best Book on Wine, Beer or Spirits
2006 Georges Duboeuf "Wine Book of the Year" Award
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Andrew and Karen killed it with this book...I am pretty darn impressed...It rocks, it really does...A killer, killer book. (Gary Vaynerchuk, Wine Library TV)
The world's greatest book on the subject.―Robert Whitley in Copley News Service
At the moment the most useful wine-with-food guide in English.―Edward Behr in The Art of Eating
Astounding...Brilliant.―Ellen Rose on NPR's "Good Food"
The #1 Food Book of the Year.―FabulousFoods.com
The #2 Best Cocktail Book of the Year.
Few books of its kind are more enjoyable.―Los Angeles Times
The most exciting and comprehensive guide to wine pairing that I have ever seen.―Eric Ripert, chef-owner, Le Bernardin
A be-all, end-all masterwork...An impossibly comprehensive and utterly readable book that belongs among the greats in any epicure's reference shelf.
Dornenburg and Page again prove their immense knowledge of and love for food and drink harmonization...A thoroughly satisfying reference. Essential."―Library Journal
Dornenburg and Page demystify the challenge of food and beverage pairing in this exhaustive, accessible resource...This comprehensive collection provides a wealth of guidelines for pairings...Highly recommended.―Publishers Weekly
This husband-wife team has researched their subject exhaustively, consulting the chefs and sommeliers at America's top restaurants to put together the definitive pairing guide....WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT is as easy to use as a thesaurus.―Linda Kulman on NPR
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The secret sauce here is that the authors, who have great credentials themselves, have also enlisted the input of dozens of top sommeliers and other authorities to create an uber-reference, one that gains considerably from its generous tendency to be more rather than less inclusive in offering up suggestions. Think of the principle of "the wisdom of crowds," but here the crowd are all experts and have the chops to back up their opinions. The list of foods, cuisines and beverages that are explored is truly encyclopedic, so odds are pretty good whatever you want advice on will be covered. For example, speaking of secret sauce, you'll even get suggested pairings with a Big Mac.
The crowning glories of the book are chapters 5 and 6, which really should be turned into a searchable database online and made available via PDA. These chapters are mirror images, one that starts with the beverage and suggests foods, and the other that starts with the food and matches the drinks. I'm telling it to you straight: if you've ever had a moment's hesitation about what to bring to a dinner party or just flat out what might go best with your frozen pizza, the answer is at hand.Read more ›
After reading the slew of five-star reviews for this volume, today I drove to Barnes & Noble fully ready to purchase it. After spending a fair amount of time in the aisle surveying its contents, I ended up not getting it, and thought I would explain why not for the sake of those Amazon readers whose considerations might be similar to my own.
I think the issues of relevance are 'who you are' and what you're looking for in a book like this. I certainly understand why great wine aficionados (presumably with money and time), critics, sommeliers, restaurateurs and the like would desire and benefit from a work of such sophistication and scope. But for the hobbyist (like myself), it was just too much. A little 'highbrow' for me -- and I suspect I'm not alone. I didn't find it nearly as accessible as, for example, Karen MacNeil's Wine, Food, and Friends (which I bought). MacNeil's book has a seasonal presentation, and, while evidencing an expert's range of knowledge, seeks not to lose sight of practical concerns (such as $$). In a nutshell, What To Drink . . . has a more encyclopedic approach (and does include beverages beyond wine), while MacNeil's is user-friendly and more what I was looking for. I wish it were possible to buy chapters 5 & 6 of Dornenburg & Page's book separately, because they comprise a tremendous resource for ongoing reference. The one surprise regarding Dornenburg & Page was that in a product of such erudition, it lacked an index.
So, bearing in mind the two questions I started with, I hope some of these thoughts will be helpful in informing your purchasing decision.
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The best book out there to figure out a good pairing. it will make you pretty good at it over time.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
What a great resource! I bought the Kindle version because I was looking for specific pairings, and used the search function a lot, but will likely buy the physical book later.Published 1 month ago by Carlie
This pairing suggestion in the book is just wrong "Bitter foods Compare: Pair bitter foods, from walnuts to grilled dishes, with tannic (bitter) wines. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christian T. Miner
Entertaining and educational. I like how they do not just stick to wine, but branch out to other beverages.Published 2 months ago by CC