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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch Press (1 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821257188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821257180
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.9 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Chasing the sublime: The final word on expertly pairing food and
wine. Readers might recall U2's slightly insipid declaration before
launching into the song, 'Helter Skelter' from the so-so album 'Rattle and
Hum,' when Bono declared, 'This is a song Charles Manson stole from the
Beatles; we're stealin' it back.' Well, with their new book, WHAT TO DRINK
WITH WHAT YOU EAT -- a be-all, end-all masterwork -- Andrew Dornenburg and
Karen Page have stolen back the delicious craft of food and drink pairing
from fusty gourmands and brought it to kitchens everywhere -- back to all
the fun foodies who've ever risked carpal tunnel while stirring risotto,
only to wonder what wine to pair with it." -- Sunday Paper, December 10, 2006

"Here's a look at some of the winning vintages in this year's crop
of wine (and spirits) books...WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT. Andrew
Dornenburg and Karen Page. This husband-and-wife team has long had the
knack of being on the cutting edge of America's fascination with the food
world, whether the book was about formation of a chef or the duties of a
restaurant critic. In this new work on the magical pairing of food and
wine, Dornenburg and Page again rely on a formidable array of insiders to
inform and enliven their research." -- Chicago Tribune, December 13, 2006

"I'd like to start with a book that I find just really astounding,
and that's Andrew Dornenburg's and Karen Page's book WHAT TO DRINK WITH
WHAT YOU EAT, which is the definitive guide to pairing food with wine,
beer, spirits, coffee, tea and even water. It's based on expert advice
from America's best sommeliers. I did a dinner party two weeks ago: I
looked up hummus, I looked up shoulder of lamb, you can look up sauerkraut.
You can look up anything. It is brilliant."
-- "Good Food," KCRW / National Public Radio, December 9, 2006

"Thanks to Dornenburg's experience as a chef and the pair's
seemingly insatiable appetites and exhaustive taxonomic energies, the
authors have shed new light on the art of pairing, ensuring even the novice
wine drinker -- and eater -- a book's worth of peak experiences." -- Los Angeles Times, February 21, 2007

"The world's greatest book on the subject." -- Copley News Service wine columnist, December 16, 2006

From the Publisher

At 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, the French Laundry,
Frontera Grill, the 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 sure to become an instant
classic essential to every connoisseur's bookshelf.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Sep 2008
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This is a real gold mine of information for anyone interested in food and drink matching. Most of the book consists of two sections, the first indexed by food giving suggested matching drinks, and the second indexed by drinks giving suggested matching food. Unlike most books on the subject, it also considers drinks other than wine, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. These sections are farly comprehensive - there's even suggestions for what wines to drink with KFC or McDonalds, should you have the inclination. Sometimes there is a certain lack of symmetry between the two sections - you may find that although drink A references food B, food B may not necessarily reference drink A and vice versa. This occasional sloppy editing does not detract from the usefulness of this book too much. Because the authors have enlisted a large panel of experts (I counted over 70 names in the appendix) in compiling the lists, this avoids any narrow bias of personal preferences and gives a wider choice of suggestions than if it was compiled by a single individual. Each suggestion given in the list for each food/drink is given a grading (1-4 scale indicated by normal font, bold, bold capitals or starred) according to how many of the experts suggested it.

There is an introductory section discussing the principles of food and drink matching, but this is relatively concise (there is also an end section with some of the experts giving their dozen "desert island wines" along with the food they would eat with it; this section is about as much use as a chocolate teapot to you and I however as they all tend to choose some ridiculously expensive vintage wines from Chateau Somewhere-You've-Never-Heard-Of).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BethanyJ on 12 Nov 2010
Format: Hardcover
Very useful book with a wealth of information on wine and food pairing. Helpfully categorised in two sections, one listed by food and the other listed by wine. My main reservation is that it is directed towards rather American tastes with lots of omissions, which is understandable given the scope of the subject. What to drink with KFC isn't really of interest to me personally, but on the other hand I like the fact that there is no snobbery here, just a straightforward guide to making the most of your pairing. You also have to remember to look up eggplant rather than aubergine, and whole European cuisines are lumped into a single line (Greek cuisine, or German cuisine).

The introduction makes for an interesting read, although there is an odd section at the end which is a collection of restaurant menus, the unstructured ramblings of various sommeliers and their biographies, and a small handful of very random recipes. All in all, a more than worthwhile investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie on 7 Oct 2011
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I bought this book to share with my students studying a Diploma in Hospitality, it has proved to be a great source of reference and opened a whole new world of taste sensations for them. I would recommend this book for someone who wants to know more about matching food and drink, without being "snobbish" asbout it.
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This is not just about what you drink. It's about the pleasure in consuming. If you're a creative mind seeking for more, this would be a good feed.
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