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Our Top Ten Wine Cookbooks

Here is our list of favorite wine cookbooks that we use throughout the year. Remember to serve good wine with good food. These cookbooks are available at Amazon. Click on the link to select and order books. Let us know if you have a top-notch cookbook that should be on every wine lover’s cookbook shelf.  We think of these selections as wine-friendly cookbooks.

Mustards Grill Napa Valley Cookbook and Big Small Plates by Cindy Pawlcyn
We love going to Cindy Pawlcyn’s restaurants in the Napa Valley, and we have these two cookbooks on the top of our kitchen bookshelf: We use the recipes in these books when we are entertaining guests. No wine pairings are listed in the book so use our guide for pairing food and wine for success.

Chef in the Vineyard: Fresh and Simple Recipes from Great Wine Estates
John Sarich is the culinary director for premium wine producer Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington. He suggests wine pairings for each of these fantastic recipes ranging from appetizers to desserts. You cannot go wrong with Chef John Sarich’s pairings.

Cooking School Secrets by Linda Carucci
Now and then we pull this book off our shelf and read one of Linda Carucci’s chapters. There are several tips in the books that are insider secrets chefs know like an unusual cooking technique or that one ingredient that will make the big difference in a dish. No wine pairings as such in the book just good food ideas. Use our guide for pairing food and wine for success.

Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier’s Practical Advice – Wine with Food
Evan Goldstein and his mother Joyce Goldstein are an excellent duo in this cookbook. She has the recipes and Evan has the wine suggestions.

Made in Spain by Jose Andres
Spanish cuisine is the latest rage and rightly so. Spanish foods are so flavorful and terrific with wines. Jose Andres is Spain’s most famous chef. Cook the cuisine of the various regions of Spain.

The world famous Napa Valley chef Thomas Keller outlines his favorite meals at the Michelin rated Bouchon restaurant in Yountville. The recipes in this book are very detailed but oh so delicious.

Charlie Palmer’s American Fare: Everyday Recipes from My Kitchens to Yours
Charlie Palmer has several restaurants, but his Healdsburg Dry Creek Kitchen restaurant is at the center of Sonoma wine country.

The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence
This is Patricia Wells latest cookbook, and it may be her best. This fame chef and cooking teacher has put together a fantastic array of recipes. You cannot miss with these amazing French dishes.

Espana: Exploring the Flavors of Spain
James Campbell Caruso operates his kitchen in Santa Fe, New Mexico. If you like mild Spanish foods, this is your cookbook.  Use our guide for pairing food and wine for success.


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