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Greetings from the Finger Lakes: A Food and Wine Lover's Companion Paperback – 30 Jun 2005
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"The next wave in rural chic."--"Travel and Leisure""The glacier-scarred landscape of the Finger Lakes region in northwestern New York is a great place to hike, ski, fish, and swim. The sloping terrain and complex soil are hospitable to more than 80 wineries, many of which have sprung up in the past decade....You may even find the region reminiscent of the budding Napa Valley of the late 1970s." --"Time Magazine"
About the Author
MICHAEL TURBACK is a graduate of Cornell's School of Hotel Administration and a veteran restaurateur of 30 years. He currently works in the gourmet and specialty food products industry and is a founding partner of The New York First Company, an online department store. He lives in Ithaca, New York.
THE AUTHOR SCOOP
Who would you cast as yourself in a movie of your life?When I ran my restaurant in Ithaca, NY, we would often guess who would play each of the staff if they ever filmed the story of running a restaurant. The consensus was that Clint Eastwood would have been tapped to play me: "Go ahead, make my day."Have you ever met a famous person?Guest speakers and performers who visited Cornell would often be taken out to dinner at my restaurant, so over the years I met people like George McGovern, Geraldine Ferraro, William F. Buckley, John Houseman, Douglas Edwards, Carl Sagan, John F. Kennedy Jr., Betty Freidan, Andre Tschelicheff, Al Unser, Jr., Kim Alexis, Cousin Bruce Morrow, Peter Yarrow, and Neil Sedaka, to name a few. Favorite cocktail?Smoked-Tomato Bloody Mary (Stonecat CafE, Hector, NY)Favorite dessert?Tin Roof Sundae (Tom's Ice Cream Bowl, Zanesville, OH)Tell me something that people might not know about you.As a long distance runner, I've completed 109 races of marathon distance or longer (includes five 50-mile trail races).
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I consider this book a "lite" travel guide because it doesn't cover much of what's in the area, but it covers what it does in great depth. It focuses on what the cover says, and nothing more. It doesn't cover many eateries outside of the population centers, and skips a lot of the "hole in the wall" restaurants, diners, and stands that offer great food but are a bit off the beaten path.
If you want to focus on wineries and want some in depth knowledge about thoose wineries this is the book. Beyond that you will need to look elsewhere for information.
The restaurant recommendations are great and give you an idea of the menu and entree offerings. The winery listings give profiles of the winery owners with entertaining "back stories" -- all very helpful when you are planning your itinerary.
Very easy to slip into your suitcase or backpack.
I give this book a five-grape rating!