Explains the facts about, and documents the pleasures of, good wine, covering in detail topics including wine-tasting terminology, how to judge a wine, and correct methods of corking, decanting, chilling, and matching wines to food
I’ll admit I bought this book because I wanted ALL the Time-Life Good Cook Series on my shelf; in the back of my mind I thought this particular volume must contain some useful information and recipes, but other than making sure it was completeand in decent shape, I wanted no more from it at the time. I have lived around the worst sort of wine snobs — people who claim to love wine and have plenty to spend on it, and yet are for the most part ignorant of “what’s to like,”; for fear there would be more of the same, I didn’t have a real interest in learning what this volume had to say… until recently. I found it WONDERFUL: chock-full of facts from page one, with beautiful photos and illustrative drawings, charts and maps. Oh, how could I have distrusted the brilliant editors and writers of this series so? It was nothing, like many a person has said after a new experience, like I thought it would be … Yes, there ARE words like vintages and bouquet, (shudder) but it places all buzzwords in actual informational context, and tells you how wine is made, first to last, besides. Do you know why the soil conditions in the Champagne region of France make the bubbly that comes from there like no other? Do you know what condition the skins of the grapes have to be in for a good vintage? Do you know why wine can last many years in the bottle? I know now, and much more besides. Once a great French chef was visiting America, ordered a fish for his lunch, and ordered a Cabernet to go with it. “And make sure it’s well chilled,” he said. To the shocked people at his table he explained that tastes in food and wine were really in the end a matter, not of rules, but of personal preference; “So I like a red wine, even with fish? And I prefer to drink it cold? That is my choice, is it not?” This book gave me a great confidence that if I need to know how to cook with wine or to choose a varietal for serving, I have a solid basis for those needs. Hail to the Good Cooks, they have done it again.
Another cookbook from the beautiful Time-Life collection. These cookbooks are amazing. Beautiful step by step color photographs that demonstrate techniques & just the very best recipes. An amazing set of books & each one is amazing. Get them while they are still available; I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Even teaches how to make wine & vinegar!
Very good condition as described
- Title: Wine (The Good Cook Techniques & Recipes Series)
- Autor: Alan Duns
- Publisher (Publication Date): Time Life Education; 1st edition (October 1, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 0809429675
- ISBN-13: | 978-0809429677
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