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Prologue. 1. INTRODUCTION. Concept & Methodology. 5 Reasons Food & Wine Pairings Fail. 2. FOOD & WINE PRIMERS. 3. FISH. 4. SHELLFISH. 5. CHICKEN, DUCK & PORK. 6. BEEF, LAMB & VENISON. 7. PASTA & PIZZA. 8. DESSERTS. Summaries & Helpful Stuff. Glossary. Index.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Extremely informative, useful, and well written 29 Aug. 2012
By Michelle Mason - Published on
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This is easily the best book on this oft-covered subject that I've read so far, and as I work in the wine and food realm, I've read a quite a few.

I decided to buy this book based on the credentials of the authors, who are both certified "Masters" in their fields. I had no idea how rare those credentials were: on the "About the Authors" page it says that there are only 65 Master Chefs and 30 Masters of Wine in the country. I've known talented people who have tried and failed to earn each of those titles, but didn't know how few had succeeded. These two clearly know what they're talking about, and that depth of knowledge really comes through in this book.

While I fully expected that this book would be the real deal in terms of content, I was pleasantly surprised that it was so easy to read and understand. No jargon or pretense - just a lot of excellent info presented in a simple and approachable way.

I've tried 5 recipes from the book so far and found them all to be easy to follow. They were also all delicious (thanks to the chef's clear instructions more than to my limited cooking skills). I paired one of the suggested wine types with each recipe and was happy with the results every time.

The first 30 pages of this book could almost be a stand-alone primer on wine and food. They make for a clear, concise, and informative summary that gives novices a solid foundation while still providing new insights and approaches that even wine and food professionals will learn from. In my case, I found the "Matching and the Seven Cs of Pairing" approach that was in the first chapter to be very useful. That approach is repeated in chart form after each recipe, which allowed me to not just evaluate if the pairing worked, but to understand WHY it had worked. I wish I'd learned that kind of approach/process a long time ago!

This book is definitely going to get a lot of use, both in my kitchen and as a reference book. Hats off to the Master Chef, and cheers to the Master of Wine!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Educating and easy to read 10 Aug. 2012
By User from Brooklyn, NY - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book has a ton of information about the food and the wine - a combination that I have not seen anywhere before.

This is not just a recipe book, the authors not only tell you what to do, but they explain why you should do it in great detail.

If you want to understand how flavors form, how ingredients and techniques change the flavor, and what determines how how well the wine would pair with particular ingredients prepared in a certain way - you should definitely get this book.

I feel that reading this book makes me a smarter cook and a better host - it is very exciting to try the combinations where food and wine compliment each other and enhance each other, like a perfect couple.

In addition to being so educating, the book is an amazingly fun and easy read. The authors don't 'look down' at the readers with all of their credentials and accolades, quite the opposite, they explain everything clearly, but respectfully, without dumbing it down either.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well rounded, informative book that brings you from the basic to sophisticated in preparation execution and pairing 25 Jan. 2013
By Jennifer m - Published on
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I cannot put this book down. I am an avid cookbook reader and was highly recommended by a friend to purchase this book. I loved it so much I bought three for gifts !!!!!!
The book presents classic recipes, is well broken down to bring you step by step through proper preparation and cooking methods and shows you how to pair flavors with the food and wine. The book brings you through a series of three interpretations of certain food and shows you how completely different it can be prepared and how to compliment each dish with the appropriate wine to really enhance the flavors !
This book is appropriate from novice to intermediate to experienced cooks.
An Extraordinary Food & Wine Guide 30 Jan. 2013
By Paul S - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"Pairing with The Masters" is truly the definitive & complete guide to the sometimes very daunting issues of matching food & wine properly. The book is laid out in a way that can be used as a quick reference guide or a learning device for those who would like to further their knowledge regarding food & wine. I have never seen such a detailed layout for a book of this genre. It manages to give the user a plethora of information that is presented in such a unique way that it really shifts the whole purpose of food & wine books. The introduction is concise & informative but without being preachy. I consider myself somewhat well versed on both these subjects yet was amazed by how much I learned. The recipes are easy to follow & result in extraordinary dishes. Not only is the cook given a number of wines to choose from but a description of how & why the food/wine pairings works is outlined. The photographs are wonderful. They are beautiful & realistic & not the high gloss, touched up pictures, that seem to dominate most food/wine books. Chef Arnone & Master of Wine, Simonetti-Bryan, have hit the bullseye with this book. Not only is it incredibly user friendly, but they have redefined how food & wine guides should be written. "Pairing with The Masters" is truly "masterful".
A great tool for both expert and novice 9 Aug. 2012
By James E. Moran - Published on
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If you love wine and food(and who doesn't), Pairing with the Masters is an absolute must. Whether you are a long time wine drinker or a novice, the question of pairing the perfect wine to a meal is a fun and interesting task. What this book will do for you is make the task even more fun by having two experts guide you through the process.

The authors take us through about 100 recipes, matching the wines by a number of different factors. They also explain why certain wines work well with certain dishes and why some wines can conflict with the main ingredient of the dish, or the spices used in the preparation. For example, I would not have thought to pair a sausage and mushroom pizza with an Austrian Gruner Veltliner. I would have just reached for a good Chianti. Yet it makes sense that the richness of the cheese and sausage would be complimented by the tart acidity of the wine. Of course, the best part of the recommendation will be in tasting it!

This book is a great tool to help guide all of us on our continuing journey in tasting and pairing food with wine. I'm happy that its referred to as the 1st edition. Hopefully, there will be more recipes and wine recommendations in the future to make the journey more interesting and fun.
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