A Perfect Score
By Kathryn Hall, Craig Hall
Kathryn and Craig Hall launched themselves head-first into Napa Valley twenty years ago with the purchase of an 1885 winery and never looked back. Since the couple's purchase of that debut winery, their critically acclaimed HALL Wines and WALT Wines have become fixtures of the California wine industry.Readers who love a good glass of wine will find much to savour in the Halls' expert account of the art, soul, and business of a modern winery. A Perfect Score weaves a vibrant tale of the HALL brand's meteoric rise to success, Napa Valley's tug-of-war between localism and tourism, and the evolving nature of the wine industry as a whole.
Pen & Palate
By Lucy Madison, Tram Nguyen
From the writers of acclaimed blog Pen & Palate, a humorous coming-of-age (and mastering-the-art-of-home-cooking) memoir of friendship, told through stories, recipes, and beautiful illustrations.Getting through life in your twenties isn't easy--especially if you're broke, awkward, and prone to starting small grease fires in your studio apartment. For best friends Lucy Madison and Tram Nguyen, cooking was an escape from the daily humiliation that is being a twenty-something woman in a big city. PEN & PALATE traces the course of Lucy and Tram's devoted friendship through miserable jobs and tiny apartments, first loves and ill-advised flings, successes and setbacks--always with a shared love of food at the center of the narrative. A modern take on Laurie Colwin's classic Home Cooking, this coming-of-age memoir for the Girls set weaves together comical (mis)adventures and recipes meant to be shared with a best friend and bottle of wine.
By Judith Fertig, Karen Adler
When the weather's warm, cooking outside on the grill is no chore. To broaden your grill-marked possibilities beyond chicken and steak, give pizza a whirl. Authors Karen Adler and Judith Fertig walk you through all the steps of preparing the perfect homemade pizza, and then cooking it on a hot grill. It's easy: smaller pizzas go directly onto the grates, cooking in a flash. Larger pizzas can go onto pizza stones or into pizza oven attachments built for gas or charcoal grills. And of course, the vegetable and meat toppings can be cooked on the grill, too, for a fully al fresco meal. Adler and Fertig even suggest grilled salads and sides to round out your meal, using up garden-fresh produce in the process! With 100 versatile and easy recipes for flatbreads, bruschetta, and panini, and more, you can choose from the classic Pepperoni and Mushroom Pizza with a Kiss of Smoke and Spinach Artichoke Pizza with Wood Smoke, to the more exotic Thai Shrimp Pizza with Coconut and Chiles or Lebanese Flatbread with Feta, Za'atar, and Chives, as well as gluten-free and vegan twists. Put pizza on the menu (and on the grill) tonight!
The Perfect Cup
By Timothy J. Castle
For coffee lovers everywhere, The Perfect Cup is the one book you'll need to appreciate coffee and it s growing status as a gourmet beverage. Coffee expert Timothy Castle chronicles the coffee revolution in America and offers state-of-the-art information on everything from the bean itself to brewing and appreciating the perfect cup. Do different brewing methods produce different-tasting coffees? What is the most common mistake people make at home with coffee? Is there reason to be concerned about chemical" decaffeinating processes? These and many other questions are answered in this book.In a section entitled How to Buy Coffee and Whom to Buy It From," Castle includes interviews with more than thirty of America's foremost coffee retailers and roasters. He also provides an overview of the regions of the world where coffee is commonly grown, and offers more than two dozen unusual recipes featuring coffee in sauces, marinades, main courses, and desserts, such as Grilled Coffee-Marinated Lamb Chops, Cappuccino Muffins, and Chocolate Espresso Souffle.