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BBQ Beyond Beer

I would never turn down a beer beside my brisket, but there’s a lot to be said for paring wine with your grilled and/or smoked meats. So I was excited to get my copy of of Fire and Wine: 75 Smoke-Infused Recipes from the Grill with Perfect Wine Pairings. Even better, my friends Mary Cressler [More]

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Learn About Oysters With Cynthia Nims: Podcast

Are you intimidated by oysters? Looking to expand your eating repertoire beyond the half shell? Then you should be as excited as me to get this cookbook by my friend Cynthia Nims: Oysters: Recipes that Bring Home a Taste of the Sea Before I gave away the majority of my worldly possessions and left Seattle [More]

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Palate Journal: Art Meets Food via Imagery, Imagination, and Illustration

Many of you will know I have been a long-time fan of The Bookery Cook. It’s a wonderful website and stupendously cool cookbook¬†brought to you by three Australian sisters:¬†Jessica, Georgia, and Maxine. (The latter I met while leading a food and wine pairing seminar at the International Food Blogger Conference. There’s even a video of [More]

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The Bookery Cook Delivers Stimulating Art to Eat

Hey, are you familiar with the fantastic site The Bookery Cook? What? No?!? Well you are missing out, especially if you like art. And like to eat. In fact, that is the title of the new book from this noteworthy cookery blog: The Bookery Cook: Art to Eat. Recipes meet original illustrations by a cadre [More]

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What Wine Would Brian Boitano Drink?

I had the chance to interview Brian Boitano about his new cookbook, “What Would Brian Boitano Make?“. You can read the highlights on Foodista. Brian was very generous with his time but, in the interest of not having a blog post longer than War and Peace, I couldn’t include everything. So here’s a few more [More]

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Pasta Absorption-Cooked with a Spanish Monastrell

I just tried out a new method of cooking pasta: absorption cooking in wine. Specifically, a Spanish Monastrell. I found the recipe in the vegetarian cookbook Herbivoracious by Michael Natkin. Oh, jeez. I’ve already done this cookbook a disservice by prefacing the title of it with the word “vegetarian.” Do not be prejudiced! As Michael [More]

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Thoughtful Washington Wine Pairings in Edible Seattle: The Cookbook

It probably comes as no surprise that Edible Seattle: The Cookbook (edited by Jill Lightner) is full of great recipes centered on local ingredients and the local cooks and chefs who bring them to your table. I also enjoy its readability beyond the recipes, with charming and informative introductions to each recipe, tips on cooking [More]

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