Dean and Deluca: The Food and Wine Cookbook Hardcover – 24 Jan 2002
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"The Food and Wine Cookbook," a guide to pairing California wines with food, is the latest effort from Dean & DeLuca, the New York-based chain of gourmet shops that has an outlet in Napa Valley's St. Helena. Author Jeff Morgan, wine director for the chain and a frequent contributor to "Wine Country Living," packs a lot of information into the early chapters, providing a thumbnail sketch of the history and geography of California wine country and a primer on serving, cellaring and drinking wine. None of the information is new, but it is presented here in a well-organized, accessible format. The 80 recipes, developed by Dean & DeLuca's chefs with Morgan, are an eclectic and well-chosen selection. The accent is on Mediterranean flavors, but Asian and Middle Eastern ingredients appear as well. Each dish gets several wine recommendations based on Morgan's sensible and flexible guidelines. The book is also a useful reference work. It contains guides to salad greens, mushrooms, olives and cheeses, and there is a section on standard techniques how to cook dried beans, shuck oysters and trim artichokes and recipes for basics like mayonnaise and veal demiglace. Recipes cover everything from appetizers to sweets. Imaginative main courses include a slow-cooked beef brisket rubbed with Indian spices and skate wings dredged in porcini dust. Side dishes, such as zucchini-blossom tempura with goat cheese and roasted figs, are equally creative. Morgan's broad knowledge and passion come across in his engaging prose, and Steven Rothfeld's photographs are mouthwatering. Throughout the book, Morgan promotes enjoying wine as part of a leisurely meal created with fresh, healthful ingredients. But not too healthful he also recommends putting a dollop of St. Andre butter, a blend of butter and super-rich French cheese, on your steak. -Wine Country Living For anyone who lives in New York, many who have visited New York and perhaps a few who've barely heard of New York, two words are synonymous with gourmet food: Dean & DeLuca. In a new cookbook, the food shop adds California wine to its list of favorite things. The store's wine director, Jeff Morgan, pairs more than 80 dishes with California varietal wines in 'Dean & DeLuca: The Food and Wine Cookbook" (Chronicle, $35). And even though Morgan is happy to suggest a wine with each and every recipe, he's also happy to encourage home cooks and diners to follow their own taste buds to pairings still undiscovered. Leading off the book is an indepth discussion of California wine, its history and geography. Morgan also explores the marriage between food and wine, explaining how the latter has enhanced enjoyment fo the former throughout history. The book also includes many color photographs, evoking the hillside vineyards and giving a vivid sense of California's wine country. There is a useful glossary of important terms and exotic ingredients. -Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Jeff Morgan is the wine director for Dean & DeLuca. Formerly West Coast editor for Wine Spectator magazine, he lives in California's Napa Valley. Steve Rothfeld's photographs have appeared in numerous books and the magazines Food & Wine, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and Travel & Leisure. He makes his home in the Napa Valley. Leslie Rudd is the chairman of Dean & Deluca and owner of Rudd Vineyards and Winery in Napa Valley.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I guess I was expecting something more along the lines of the now standard contemporary cookbooks where great photographs accompany every recipe, so in that respect this book really shows it's age. And wow. Have things changes in the last several years!
There are a few really delicious sounding recipes, but they are not accompanied by images, so I guess you have to kind of know what it is you're cooking to gauge how it should look plated. Not really for me. I prefer the big naturally lit photographs so I know what to expect and know what I'm cooking!
The photographs that the book does have are nice though, and it is divided into sections such as seafood, etc... but I'm not in love with this one. If you're looking for a Smitten Kitchen feel in a cook book this won't do it for you. But if you're a hardcore Dean & Deluca fan then you should probably add this to your library on principle. But I can't see this being a go-to favorite in the kitchen.