Synopses & Reviews
The most comprehensive guide to matching food and drink ever compiled, by the James Beard Award winning author team of Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, with practical advice from more than seventy of America's leading pairing experts.
In a great meal, what you drink is just as important as what you eat. This groundbreaking food and beverage pairing reference allows food lovers to learn to think like a sommelier, and to transform every meal, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, from ordinary to extraordinary.
Exceptional in its depth and scope with over fifteen hundred entries What to Drink with What You Eat is based on the collective wisdom of experts at dozens of America's best restaurants, including Alinea, Babbo, Bern's, Blue Hill, Chanterelle, Daniel, Emeril's, French Laundry, Frontera Grill, Inn at Little Washington, Jean Georges, Masa's, The Modern, Per Se, Rubicon, Tru, and Valentino.
You'll find authoritative recommendations for stocking your cellar and kitchen with must-have beverages, from wines to waters. You'll also learn what to drink with everything from French toast to Chinese food, and what to eat with everything from Pinot Noir to green tea, to create mouthwatering matches. Follow the authors' three simple Rules to Remember when making a match or just dive into the wide-ranging listings in chapters 5 and 6.
This "incisive, hip writing team" (Publishers Weekly) distills history, geography, science, expert technique, and original insight to create a remarkably user-friendly and engaging reference. Lavishly illustrated with gorgeous four-color photographs, What to Drink with What You Eat is an instant classic essential to every connoisseur's bookshelf.
"Dornenburg and Page, authors of Becoming a Chef and Culinary Artistry, demystify the challenge of food and beverage pairing in this exhaustive, accessible resource. Believing that the best matches create peak experiences, the authors consult with the world's most discriminating palates, who see food and drink as inseparable. With stories from such noted chefs as Daniel Boulud, Traci Des Jardins and Patrick O'Connell and a host of top sommeliers, this comprehensive collection provides a wealth of guidelines for pairings, not only by specific food, but by food type, time of day, characteristics, season and personal mood. From fast food to ethnic cuisine, they include unlikely entries such as Kentucky Fried Chicken (Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer), oxtails (Barolo), moussaka (Retsina, Rioja), potato chips (beer, champagne) and saag paneer (Pinot Gris). While focusing primarily on wine, the authors include matches for a variety of other beverages, including tea, water, coffee, beer and spirits, and offer the pairings in reverse what to serve if you've already selected your beverage. This encyclopedic collection is highly recommended for those who give serious thought to the flavor of each dish. 70 full-color photographs." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Though the authors include a fair discussion of beer and touch on nonalcoholic beverages, they focus primarily on a variety of wine and food pairings. Nevertheless, the immense quantity of food and drink combinations, expert recommendations, tantalizing recipes, and clear discussion of wine fundamentals make this book a thoroughly satisfying reference for all oenophilic and culinary sections." Library Journal
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
Winner of the 2007 IACP Cookbook of the Year Award
Winner of the 2007 IACP Cookbook Award for Best Book on Wine, Beer or Spirits
Winner of the 2006 Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year Award
Winner of the 2006 Gourmand World Cookbook Award - U.S. for Best Book on Matching Food and Wine
Prepared by a James Beard Award-winning author team, "What to Drink with What You Eat" provides the most comprehensive guide to matching food and drink ever compiled--complete with practical advice from the best wine stewards and chefs in America. 70 full-color photos.
About the Author
Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg have been called the brightest young author team on the culinary scene today's on NPR. Their previous books Becoming a Chef, Dining Out, and The New American Chef have all been finalists for or winners of James Beard and/or IACP Book Awards.