Bookshelf: Eight Juicy Titles

Cooking With Wine by Anne Willan, founder of LaVarenne, author of thirty cookbooks, chef. What she teaches: how to enhance flavor in almost all cooking, using wine and local ingredients. Who’s it for: one who will cook with wine, not just drink it. Watch out, your cook will want to take a class from Anne, perhaps at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, and you’ll have to play golf all day.

The Wine Lover's Cookbook: Great Meals for the Perfect Glass of Wine, Sid Goldstein. What he teaches: how to harmonize the food you want with your desired wine via easy to use lists of typical aromas and bridge ingredients. It’s organized by varietal and takes wine styles into consideration. Who’s it for: one who chit chats about nose and palate before draining a glass of wine.

Dean and DeLuca: The Food and Wine Cookbook, Jeff Morgan. Former Wine Spectator editor, Dean and DeLuca wine director and protégé of Leslie Rudd, Morgan now makes SolaRosa wine and edits and writes for Wine Enthusiast. What he teaches: how to explore the marriage of food and wine, eat well and drink well. Who’s it for: the devoted cook who visualizes the recipe and thinks about wine choices before finalizing the menu.

The Vineyard Kitchen: Menus Inspired by the Seasons, Maria Helm Sinskey, head chef at San Francisco’s Plumpjack restaurant before she married Rob Sinskey, now directing food and wine programs at Sinskey Vineyards. Who’s it for: your best friend, who cooks seasonally, loves great ingredients and wine, and will loan you the book.

Vino Italiano, by Joseph Bastianich & David Lynch. Joseph is son of chef Lidia Bastianich, and Mario Battali’s restaurant partner. He teams up with David Lynch, who won a James Beard journalism award writing for Wine & Spirits magazine, in this definitive up to date book on Italy’s regional wine culture. Who’s it for: your brother, who is undeterred by multisyllabic names and knows Italy exists not only in Tuscany, but beyond.

Great Tastes Made Simple: Extraordinary Food and Wine Pairings for Every Palate, Andrea Immer. Andrea Immer's 2004 Wine Buying Guide for Everyone. A Master Sommelier, Andrea is dean of Wine Studies at New York City’s French Culinary Institute. Making wine accessible, she leads you to a match whether you’ve chosen smoked duck or Kraft Dinner. Who’s it for: your progeny or younger siblings who don’t need photos with a recipe.

Wine for Women: A Guide to Buying, Pairing, and Sharing Wine, Leslie Sbrocco. Who’s it for: women who read. Unforgettable analogies: Chardonnay is the wine cellar’s equivalent of the little black dress, Pinot Grigio is denim, Zinfandel is black leather pants.

The Wine Bible, Karen MacNeil. Chairman of the wine department at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, Karen MacNeil is a wine authority currently creating wine education materials. Who’s it for: anyone who needs a reference that puts it all into perspective.

Karen and Richard Silverston, November 2003