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A delicious, comprehensive playbook that pairs 75 wine styles—including where and who to buy them from—with 75 recipes that complement them perfectly
“If you want to know what good taste in the modern food and wine scene looks like, this is your manual.”—Jordan Mackay, co-author of The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste
Wine Food is a wine course in a cookbook for everyone who wants to learn about wine simply by drinking it. Here, natural wine bar and winery owner Dana Frank and wine-loving recipe writer Andrea Slonecker distill the basics—how to buy, how to store, how to taste—and deliver more than seventy-five instant-hit recipes inspired by delectable, affordable wines that go with them beautifully.
Each recipe opens with a succinct summary of the wine style that inspired it, followed by a brief explanation of how it complements the flavors and textures in the recipe. There are also recommendations for three to eight producers of each wine style.
Frank and Slonecker also include a wine flavors cheat sheet, a label lexicon lesson, a short course on wine tasting like a pro, and illustrated features on matching wine with types of favorite foods (typical take-out, beloved pasta dishes, and popular sweets). Whether you like thinking about which bottle to pour at brunch, with picnic fare, for midweek dinners, at weekend feasts, or for all of those times, Wine Food makes learning about wine flavorful, fun, and easy.
About the Author
Dana Frank is the owner of Bar Norman and co-owner of Bow & Arrow, an urban winery and wine distributor, both in Portland, Oregon. As a respected sommelier she has overseen the wine lists for five Portland restaurants, including Ava Gene’s (twice named to Wine Enthusiast‘s “Best 100 Wine Restaurants” list). In 2015 she was named one of Food & Wine‘s sommeliers of the year and a sommelier to watch by Bon Appétit.
Andrea Slonecker is the author of six cookbooks including Beer Bites and The Picnic, which won a 2016 International Association of Culinary Professionals Award. She was formerly the recipe editor for Kinfolk magazine, and now works as a culinary creative director and stylist in Portland, Oregon.
“With authority and charm, this brilliant wine guide effectively masquerades as a delicious cookbook and tutorial for food and wine pairings. Cooking optional.”—Alice Feiring, author of The Dirty Guide to Wine
“Finally! A book that treats wine as an essential part of the table—by making it the centerpiece of a meal. Dana Frank and Andrea Slonecker have turned the old pairing formulas upside down, with a thoughtful selection of wines and wine styles that serve as the starting points for their cooking.”—Jon Bonné, author of The New Wine Rules
“No book has made me hungrier and thirstier than Wine Food. This is exactly the kind of dinner party I hope to be invited to. The wines are ravishing and cool—a casual guide to the most delicious natural wines on the planet. If you want to know what good taste in the modern food and wine scene looks like, this is your manual.”— Jordan Mackay, co-author of The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste
“A fantastically smart mini-encyclopedia on the world of wine.”—Pascaline Lepeltier, master sommelier
"Part cookbook, part wine-pairing explainer, this drop-the-intimidation book feels like attending the most thoughtful, casually elegant dinner party where the host knows how to keep the conversation going—and when to refill glasses."—Garden & Gun
"Lots of cookbooks tell you which wine to pair with your pork ragoutor pot-au-feu de poisson, but with Wine Food, sommelier Dana Frank and cookbook author Andrea Slonecker have turned that standard upside down. Here, the wine inspires the recipe: Each of these 75 recipes was chosen to go with a specific wine or wine style, and each wine is introduced with information on where it comes from, its recommended producers and whyit works so well with the flavors ofthe food. Frank and Slonecker are a perfect pairingthemselves, providing a savvy wines eminar partnered with inventive dishes that invite you to pop a cork and cook something wonderful every day."—BookPage
"Part pairing guide, part cookbook, this compendium from Frank, a sommelier focused on natural wine, is a great addition to any wine lover’s bookshelf."—Wine Enthusiast