Glass in one hand, fork in the other, Brian St. Pierre explores the regional wines and cuisines of Italy in this dream of a cookbook. As you'd expect from the author of A Perfect Glass of Wine, St. Pierre brings to the table fabulous recipes and inspired wine pairings. Whether it's a hearty barolo from Piedmont in the northwest that complements a pan-roasted veal tenderloin, a refreshing pinot grigio from the shores of the Adriatic paired with succulent risotto di frutti di mare, or a glass of easy-going Apulia primitivo from the southern reaches to enjoy with the rosemary and oregano notes of slow-baked lamb, each wine suggestion is designed to enhance the flavor of the recipe. The sweeter side of the wine spectrum is also represented with such treats as zuppa inglese with strawberries served alongside a glass of sparkling prosecco a finish with flourish to a remarkable meal. With a glossary of wine terms and gorgeous photographs of both the wine and the food, this stylish cookbook is as beautiful as it is informative.
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Brian St. Pierre reports on food and wine for Decanter magazine, and is the author of many books, including A Perfect Glass of Wine (0-8118-1295-2) and The Perfect Match (0-8118-2918-9). He lives in London.
Photographers Ngoc Minh Ngo and Julian Wass have worked together as Minh + Wass for a range of clients including Everyday Food , Real Simple , Elle Decoration (UK), and Travel + Leisure . They live on Long Island.
When the topic is wine, writers often lapse into pompous wordiness or, in an effort to connect with a younger, hipper audience, groove up their language to the point where they could be describing anything from rock music to sneakers. The author of this volume, a noted wine writer who has published several books on the subject (The Perfect Match; A Perfect Glass of Wine), mercifully does neither. Instead, he uses simple, engaging language to describe the many wines of Italy, explaining their provenance, their taste and how they should be served. He pairs his discussion of wines with a compilation of traditional Italian recipes, and while none of his picks are ground-breaking, most are appetizing and easy to prepare. From the Northeast, he offers a simple and enticing Pear Salad with Walnuts and Cheese, suggesting a Pinot Grigio as an accompaniment. From the Adriatic, he presents a seductive recipe for Epicures' Macaroni and Cheese with Truffle Oil, which goes nicely with a Rosso Conero. Southern Italy is represented by Grilled Fish Steaks on Peperonata, to be drunk with a Negroamaro. Truth be told, anyone with an Italian cookbook probably already has the recipes for these dishes, as well as a few more inventive ones, but what makes this volume useful is its dignified and intelligent discussion of Italian wines and the foods they best accompany.
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