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History in a Glass: Sixty Years of Wine Writing from Gourmet

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When Gourmet magazine debuted in the 1940s, America’s wineries were still reeling from the lingering effects of Prohibition and the loss of wines from war-torn Europe. But for every closed door, there was an open bottle: The bleak postwar years were actually a prelude to today’s unprecedented and widespread appreciation for the grape. New York Times bestselling author Ruth Reichl reread sixty-five years of wine articles in Gourmet to select the best for History in a Glass. The result is a rollicking tale of great meals, great walks, and wonderful drinks as Americans discover the pleasures of wine.

These marvelous essays were written by men and women who were not only on hand to witness wine’s boom but, in many cases, helped to foster the environment that made it thrive. The early days after World War II provided a great opportunity for James Beard and Frank Schoonmaker to reacquaint oenophiles with the joys of European wines. Through tireless dispatches from the Continent, they inspired American vintners to produce world-class wines on their own rich soil.

In subsequent pieces, an impressive, surprisingly diverse roster of writers revel in the sensual and emotional pleasures of wine: the legendary Gerald Asher reflects on the many faces of Chianti; Hillaire Belloc dispenses bits of wisdom by the glass to his niece on her wedding day; the science fiction titan Ray Bradbury rhapsodizes about the earthy pleasures of dandelion wine; Kate Colman explores the moral quandary surrounding a friend’s unintentionally generous gift of a rare Bordeaux; Hugh Johnson reports on Hungarian varieties during the height of Cold War tensions in the early 1970s; even Gourmet’s current spirits editor, James Rodewald, reminisces on the first time he fell in love–with a bottle of Pinot Noir.

With an Introduction by Ruth Reichl, and covering more than six decades of epicurean delights, History in a Glass is an astonishing celebration of all things good and grape.

Synopsis:

Celebrating the timeless pleasures of a fine glass of wine, a collection of essays spans sixty years of outstanding writing on the subject from the pages of Gourmet magazine, featuring contributions by Ray Bradbury, James Beard, Hugh Johnson, Frank Schoonmaker, Iles Brody, Roy Brady, and others. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

About the Author

Ruth Reichl is the editor in chief of Gourmet magazine. She is the bestselling author of Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table; Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table; and Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise. She has been the chief restaurant critic of the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. She lives in New York City.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307485953
Subtitle:
Sixty Years of Wine Writing from Gourmet
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Editor:
Reichl, Ruth
Editor:
Gourmet, Magazine Editors
Edited by:
Ruth Reichl
Author:
Gourmet, Magazine Editors
Author:
Gourmet Magazine Editors
Author:
Ruth Reichl
Author:
Reichl, Ruth
Subject:
Cooking : Beverages - Wine & Spirits
Subject:
Beverages - Wine & Spirits
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
Wine and wine making
Subject:
Wine and wine making - History - 20th century
Subject:
Wine writers - History - 20th century
Subject:
Wine & Spirits
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Food Writing
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Wine General
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Wines of the World
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20071211
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
400

Related Subjects

Cooking and Food » Beverages » Bartending and Liquor
Cooking and Food » General
Cooking and Food » Reference and Etiquette » Historical Food and Cooking
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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"Synopsis" by , Celebrating the timeless pleasures of a fine glass of wine, a collection of essays spans sixty years of outstanding writing on the subject from the pages of Gourmet magazine, featuring contributions by Ray Bradbury, James Beard, Hugh Johnson, Frank Schoonmaker, Iles Brody, Roy Brady, and others. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
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