Gift Books for the Wine and Food Lover

In Vino Duplicitas

The Rise and Fall Of a Wine Forger Extraordinaire

Peter Hellman

Peter Hellman is a New York based journalist and author and has been a contributor to the Wine Spectator, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine and many others. He is a member of the Wine Media Guild. I have known Peter for a number of years and have the highest respect for him both as a journalist and fellow wine professional.

In Vino Duplicitas is the astonishing story of Rudy Kurniawan, perhaps the most notorious and unlikely wine forger in history. It’s a fascinating story and a great read.

Cooking with Nonna

Celebrate Food and Family with over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers.

Rossella Rago

Rossella Rago is the creator and host of Cooking with Nonna TV. She grew up cooking with her Nonna Romana every Sunday and on holidays, learning the traditional recipes of the Italian region of Puglia.

The book features over 100 classic Italian recipes along with advice and stories from 25 Italian grandmothers. The book covers appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, meats, breads, cookies and desserts. There are recipes for such favorites as: Sicilian rice balls, Fried Calamari, stuffed artichokes, orecchiette with broccoli rabe, struffoli, and many more.

The Ultimate Guide to Italian Wine 2018

Daniele Cernilli

Daniele Cernilli (aka Doctor Wine) is one of the foremost experts on Italian wine and has been a wine critic for many years. He was one of the founders of Gambero Rosso and for 24 years the editor of the Gambero Rosso Slow Food Wine Guide. Daniele coined the now famous Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) classification. He now has his own web magazine, “Doctor Wine” www.doctorwine.it.

His book is divided by region and wines are rated in a100 point system. There is a red wine of the year, white wine of the year, sparkling wine of the year etc. But it is the expertise of Daniele and his staff that sets the Guide above the others.

The Italian Slow Cooker

Michele Scicolone

Easy recipes to make in a slow cooker, written by my wife, best selling cookbook author Michele Scicolone. The book has sold over 100,000 copies. Her recipes are based on the idea that good ingredients and simple techniques can produce outstanding dishes with little effort in a slow cooker or “crockpot”. She has also written The French Slow Cooker and The Mediterranean Slow Cooker, as well as contributing to many publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wine Spectator, etc.

Barolo and Barbaresco

The King and Queen of Italian Wine

Kerin O’Keefe

Kerin O’Keefe is the author of Brunello di Montalcino and Franco Biondi Santi: The Gentleman of Brunello. She is the Italian Editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine and has written for many other publications.

This is an in depth study of two of Italy’s great wines Barolo and Barbaresco made from the Nebbiolo grape. There is a comprehensive overview of the side-by-side growing area of these two exceptional wines that are separated only by the city of Alba. There are profiles of key Barolo and Barbaresco producers by village. She discusses why Barolo is called the King of Wines and the Wine of Kings. This is one of the best books on Barolo and Barbaresco I have read in a long time.

Red Wine

The Comprehensive Guide to the 50 Essential Varieties and Styles

Kevin Zraly, Mike De Simone & Jeff Jenssen

Award-winning author and teacher Kevin Zraly was the Wine Director or Windows on the World from 1976 -2001. I took his course over 35 years ago and he is the reason that I went into the wine business. Kevin still teaches and Michael Apstein of the Boston Globe has written: “Zraly is the most talented, effective and entertaining wine teacher I have ever met.”

De Simone and Jenssen aka (The Wine Guys) are wine, food, spirit and travel writers and educators. They are best selling authors and their articles appear in the top wine and food magazines

The book covers fifty red varieties from Agiorgitiko, Zweigelt, and red wine blends such as Amarone, Bordeaux, Chianti, Port, Rhone Valley, etc. There is also a section on Color, Aroma, Flavor and Taste, and a Price Guide. This is a complete guide to red wine.

 

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2 responses to “Gift Books for the Wine and Food Lover

  1. Jonathan Levine

    The Peter Hellman book is excellent as is the Italian Slow Cook Book.

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