Book Reviews

    • My Favorite Fiction of 2014

      What were some of my favorite fiction books of the past year? Back in December 2011, I started a blog column, Authors, Alcohol & Accolades, which asked some of my favorite authors about their preferred drinks, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic. There have been 11 editions of this column so far, with more to come in the future.

      Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 1 readers -
    • 2014: Favorite Wine-Related Items

      What were some of my favorite wine related items of the past year? Let me continue the lists of my best recommendations and favorites of 2014. I have already posted my Top Ten Wines Under $15, Top Ten Wines Over $15 and Top Ten Wines Over $50 lists. This post will now concentrate on some of my Favorite Wine-Related Items, which are not specific wine recommendations.

      Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 3 readers -
    • New book digs into Walla Walla Valley wine roots

      Catie McIntyre Walker, the Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman, has written her first book, a history of the Walla Walla Valley wine industry. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WALLA WALLA, Wash. – This region’s original wine blogger now has written the book on the history of the Walla Walla Valley wine industry.

      Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine- 1 readers -
  • Sherry by Talia Baiocchi

    … is climbing in popularity once again, and the outlook seems bright. Sherry needs passionate advocates, to help spread the word, and Talia Baiocchi is doing her part to popularize Sherry. In her new book, Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World's Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes (Ten Speed Press, October, 2014, $24.99), she helps to educate…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 4 readers -
  • Book Review: Best White Wine on Earth

    … African Rieslings from Elgin (shout-outs to Paul Cluver, Spioenkop, and other Elgin Valley wine farms). The Top 100 List Wine enthusiasts love lists and Pigott feeds this thirst in the very last chapter that presents the author’s global Top 100 Rieslings divided into groups of 20 by style with a final listing of the best extreme “Riesling Blade…

    Mike Veseth/ The Wine Economistin Riesling- 3 readers -
  • Book Review: Drinkers Guide to Healthy Living

    … and productive. Fisher even wrote (with Eugene L. Fisk) a best-selling book — How to Live: Rules for Healthful Living Based on Modern Science – to share his insights with others. The Foreword was written by William Howard Taft. That’s a pretty strong recommendation. Gerald D. Facciani is one of the most prominent American actuaries of his time and he…

    Mike Veseth/ The Wine Economist- 1 readers -
  • The Origins of Ceviche, Tempura and Fish & Chips

    … of sikbaj with them, including when some settled in Britain. The Jews seemed to prefer the fried fish dishes, with vinegar, and they soon became popular in Britain as well. During the mid-19th century, fried potatoes started to appear in London, and Jews started pairing fried fish and chips, though making the fish warm rather than cold. They caught on so…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 6 readers -
  • Rant: Menu Secrets & Sacrificing Choice

    … counter intuitive but it is reality. As I mentioned last Monday, I've been immersed in a fascinating new book, The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu by Dan Jurafsky. The book explains and expounds upon various food-related words, as well as examining the role of words in everything from menus to restaurant reviews. It is part history…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 3 readers -
  • Kanpai, It's Sake Day!

    … of equipment, oh, and to get that perfectly milled rice from Minnesota to Maine. There are also some marketing costs I’ll start accruing as soon after we begin brewing." Sake breweries are starting to pop up all across the country, and there are at least three in the planning stages for New England, including ones in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Blue…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 2 readers -
  • Wines of California: Book Review

    … Wines of California: Book Review Of course, Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are the coolest guys. In this book the "World Wine Guys" take readers on a fab trip into California winemaking, history, and geography. You will also find some great recipes from local chefs, yet what I liked best of all are Mike's and Jeff's fun, easy "voice," that makes the book entertaining to read rather han a chore. Send to a Friend Twitter Facebook Digg StumbleUpon …

    Marisa D'vari/ A Wine Story- 8 readers -
  • Book Review: The Curious World of Wine

    … On the eve of the Decatur Wine Festival, I brought Richard Vine's The Curious World of Wine (Perigee/Penguin, 2012) with me to Café Lily in case I had time to read the end of it before meeting a friend. Allen Sanders, the wine expert, noticed it, and we had a great conversation about Zinfandels. So, if you want to look like you know something…

    Random Oenophile- 2 readers -
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