Synopses & Reviews
In the alphabet of gourmets, D stands for Dean and DeLuca, long considered one of the finest food emporiums in the world. Now they bring their vast culinary expertise to this stunning new cookbook with over 80 inspired recipes, each complemented by carefully chosen wines. Chapters take us from aperitifs and appetizers, salads, and entrees, right through to desserts and melt-in-the-mouth friandises to enjoy with coffee or after-dinner drinks. Balsamic-Glazed Mushrooms whet the appetite, accompanied by a glass of Zinfandel. Duck Breasts with Caramelized Pears delight the palate with a tangy Riesling. Chocolate Truffle Tartlets satisfy the sweet tooth when daringly paired with Cabernet port. But this is more than a delectable cookbook. It includes a primer on wine (with particular advice on California wines and why certain varietals bring out the flavors of various dishes), a handy food and wine matching chart, and a glossary of unusual terms and ingredients. Rich color photography highlights both the painterly landscapes of fertile vineyards and a host of exquisite dishes. A glorious celebration of the many pleasures of the table.
The Food and Wine Cookbook
, a guide to pairing California wines with food, is the latest effort from Dean and DeLuca, the New York-based chain of gourmet shops that has an outlet in Napa Valley's St. Helena. Author Jeff Morgan, wine director for the chain and a frequent contributor to Wine Country Living
, packs a lot of information into the early chapters, providing a thumbnail sketch of the history and geography of California wine country and a primer on serving, cellaring and drinking wine. None of the information is new, but it is presented here in a well-organized, accessible format.
The 80 recipes, developed by Dean and DeLuca's chefs with Morgan, are an eclectic and well-chosen selection. The accent is on Mediterranean flavors, but Asian and Middle Eastern ingredients appear as well. Each dish gets several wine recommendations based on Morgan's sensible and flexible guidelines.
The book is also a useful reference work. It contains guides to salad greens, mushrooms, olives and cheeses, and there is a section on standard techniques how to cook dried beans, shuck oysters and trim artichokes and recipes for basics like mayonnaise and veal demiglace.
Recipes cover everything from appetizers to sweets. Imaginative main courses include a slow-cooked beef brisket rubbed with Indian spices and skate wings dredged in porcini dust. Side dishes, such as zucchini-blossom tempura with goat cheese and roasted figs, are equally creative. Morgan's broad knowledge and passion come across in his engaging prose, and Steven Rothfeld's photographs are mouthwatering.
Throughout the book, Morgan promotes enjoying wine as part of a leisurely meal created with fresh, healthful ingredients. But not too healthful he also recommends putting a dollop of St. Andre butter, a blend of butter and super-rich French cheese, on your steak. -Wine Country Living
For anyone who lives in New York, many who have visited New York and perhaps a few who've barely heard of New York, two words are synonymous with gourmet food: Dean and DeLuca.
In a new cookbook, the food shop adds California wine to its list of favorite things. The store's wine director, Jeff Morgan, pairs more than 80 dishes with California varietal wines in 'Dean and DeLuca: The Food and Wine Cookbook" (Chronicle, $35). And even though Morgan is happy to suggest a wine with each and every recipe, he's also happy to encourage home cooks and diners to follow their own taste buds to pairings still undiscovered.
Leading off the book is an indepth discussion of California wine, its history and geography. Morgan also explores the marriage between food and wine, explaining how the latter has enhanced enjoyment fo the former throughout history.
The book also includes many color photographs, evoking the hillside vineyards and giving a vivid sense of California's wine country. There is a useful glossary of important terms and exotic ingredients. -Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Jeff Morgan is the wine director for Dean and DeLuca. Formerly West Coast editor for Wine Spectator magazine, he lives in California's Napa Valley.
Steve Rothfeld's photographs have appeared in numerous books and the magazines Food and Wine, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and Travel and Leisure. He makes his home in the Napa Valley.
Leslie Rudd is the chairman of Dean and Deluca and owner of Rudd Vineyards and Winery in Napa Valley.