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on 5 October 2008
I saw this book at a vineyard gift shop in Canada, kicked myself for not buying it, then ordered it from amazon.com.

As the previous reviewer states, this is primarily a cookbook (the clue is in the title) giving recipes with suggested wine pairings. With each recipe the authors give both specific and general hints for selecting a wine. For example, with the apricot gingerbread upside-down cake (a fave), they suggest Grgich Hills Violeta from Napa valley, or more generically, a Sauternes, Riesling, Tokaji, or ice wine. This is useful for those of us who find it hard to get hold of some of the particular wines. I have found the chart referencing wine styles and types to dessert flavours very useful for selecting wines to accompany other dessert recipes. Wine and food pairing is not an exact science, and will depend much on personal taste, but with the guidance of this book I have been pleased with the choices I have made.

Note, you can search inside the book at amazon.com.
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As someone who loves desserts and wanted to find out more about dessert and wine matching (a notoriously tricky area), I came across this and bought it.

Although, yes, this does have a relatively brief section discussing the principles of dessert and wine matching and a table for matching certain general dessert components with certain wine categories, most of the book is just a recipe book with added notes suggesting particular wine matches. There seem to be too many wine/food writers about who think that just giving lists of recipes and wines is some sort of substitute for really learning about food and wine matching.

What's more, even as someone who loves desserts, there's hardly any of the dessert recipes which I'm tempted to make.

Mightily disappointed in this book.
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