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April 2022                                                                 April 2022                                                  PGA C.A.N.!, Page 13

      Book Review...

      What To Drink                                     into the position of sommelier
                                                        at a world-famous resort
      With What You Eat                                 hotel, with an eye toward
                                                        gaining knowledge about
      By Nils A. Shapiro                                the hospitality and restaurant
         One of my grandsons,                           business that will prove
      Seth, is a handsome young                         valuable when he opens his
      man  with  a  charming                            own sit-down wine café in the
      personality. During a couple                      college town where he and his
      of summer vacations while                         wife have settled down.
      attending  college  –  he  is                        I thought of Seth when
      now married and a doting                          I happened to come across
      father  –  he  tended  bar  at                    this beautiful award-winning
      a  local  nightclub  popular                      volume.  Confident  that  it  would  serve  as  a  wonderful   for, fully deserving of having earned such honors as “IACP
      among friends his own age                         reference source for his job, I had a copy shipped to him and   Cookbook of the Year,” “Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the
      near his home in Scarsdale,                       purchased a second copy for my wife, Linda, and me. When   Year,” “Gourmand World Cookbook Award,” “Los Angeles
      N.Y., for side income. Now he has turned that experience   it arrived at our home it was even more than I had hoped   Times Bestseller” and “Entertainment Weekly Bestseller.”
                                                                                                              An appropriate subtitle printed on the dust cover’s flyleaf
                                                                                                           reads as follows: “The most comprehensive guide to matching
                                                                                                           food and drink ever compiled,” by the IACP- and James
                                                                                                           Beard Award-Winning author team of Andrew Dornenburg
                                                                                                           and Karen Page, with practical advice from more than 70 of
                                                                                                           America’s leading experts on pairing.
                                                                                                              In an eminently readable conversational style, this is the
                                                                                                           definitive guide to pairing food with wines, as well as beers,
                                                                                                           spirits, coffee, teas – even water. For example, in a chapter
                                                                                                           about wines from different parts of the world, Rule No. 1 is:
                                                                                                           “Think Regionally ... If It Grows Together, It Goes Together
                                                                                                           ... that is, pairing a dish with a beverage native to the same
                                                                                                           region can take you at least 50 percent (and sometimes even
                                                                                                           100 percent) of the way to the perfect pairing.” Examples:
                                                                                                           “The red sauce of pizza and pasta pairs beautifully with
                                                                                                           Italian red wine, especially Chianti. Tapas shine with a dry
                                                                                                           sherry. Sashimi is sensational with sake.”
                                                                                                              Those few, of course, are obvious. But in Chapters 5 and
                                                                                                           6 you will find thousands of food and beverage combinations.
                                                                                                           Chapter 5 lists foods alphabetically, from Acidic (Tart) Dishes,
                                                                                                           Aioli, Almonds and Anchovies to Yogurt, Zabaglione and
                                                                                                           Zucchini Blossoms – a list so comprehensive it includes
                                                                                                           Asian, Mexican and other ethnic cuisines, as well as many
                                                                                                           foods you have likely never tasted, and even goes so far as to
                                                                                                           include McDonald’s Filet-o-Fish Sandwich (!) – with multiple
                                                                                                           wine recommendations (sometimes also beers, teas and other
                                                                                                           beverages) for each and every one of the foods listed.
                                                                                                              Then, Chapter 6 reverses the information, listing the wines
                                                                                                           alphabetically, with a recommended assortment of the foods
                                                                                                           that go best with each of these wines.
                                                                                                              The result is that whatever your situation – whether you
                                                                                                           are starting with a specific food and are deciding what wine to
                                                                                                           select, or have a bottle of wine on hand and need to decide on
                                                                                                           what food to order – here is the information you need at your
                                                                                                           fingertips: thousands of recommendations accompanying
                                                                                                           the food or wine listings, the most highly recommended
                                                                                                           appearing in boldface type.
                                                                                                              Rounding out the text are pairing menus from some of
                                                                                                           America’s finest restaurants; a delightful section with comments
                                                                                                           by the nation’s leading beverage experts on the wines and dishes
                                                                                                           they would want to have with them if they were stranded on a
                                                                                                           desert island, and a number of beautiful color photographs that
                                                                                                           further enhance the enjoyment of this truly elegant volume.
                                                                                                              For any family that entertains guests – or simply enjoys
                                                                                                           the good life – owning What to Drink with What You Eat is
                                                                                                           like having your own sommelier within reach, full time, to
                                                                                                           add to the enjoyment of dining at home ... or to refer to before
                                                                                                           a night out on the town. Very highly recommended.


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