Coming This Fall: “The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine”

Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg’s latest book, The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine, is scheduled to be published by Little, Brown this fall.  The book picks up where What to Drink with What You Eat left off in exploring wine as the ideal complement to food, promising readers that if they love food, they know flavor — and can master wine.

Karen and Andrew

Andrew and Karen were frequent guests at Bellavitae, and I always loved seeing them.  Their books are renowned in the hospitality industry, but more importantly, revered by professional chefs and sommeliers alike.

But to me, this book’s most important contribution — like that of What to Drink with What You Eat — is sharing the couple’s continuing journey of demystifying wine.  Andrew and Karen strike an intelligent, yet down-to-earth approach to wine drinking, with an emphasis on flavor.

Food is enhanced with wine and vice versa.  And an optimal pairing of food and wine creates an experience that is nothing short of magical.  This book will guide any palate toward heaven on earth.

I have always been fascinated by terroir and its influence on how things taste.  Its greatest expression, in my opinion, is through cheese and wine.  Why?  Because both are aged, thus the flavors have intensified, transporting the taster to that area of the world where the unique elements — soil, weather, altitude, etc. — converge to create flavors like nowhere else on earth.

I’m looking forward to reading The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine and expect it will occupy a prominent place next to other important books of reference by these two influential writers.

If you pre-order, you can receive 34% off the cover price by clicking here.  Oh, and it will also be available for Kindle at a 43% discount.  It’s what I plan to do, and hope to some day get the book autographed — it’s been way too long since I’ve seen Andrew and Karen.




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What to Drink with What You Eat

James Beard Award winners Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page have released an iPhone appicon that conveniently places all of the food and drink pairing information from their book What to Drink with What You Eat at your fingertips.

This clever app delivers when you need it:  at the restaurant, the wine store, or the food market.  Information for the application is from their acclaimed book — which is currently listed as Amazon’s #1 “Most Wished For” wine book  and was also named the Georges Duboeuf “Wine Book of the Year”.

The app allows you to search by either Food or Drink to find an ideal pairing:

In the Food section, you can either search by typing what you’re looking for in the top bar, or scroll down an alphabetical list of hundreds of categories:

Click a desired category and the app returns a list of optimal beverages that enhance the flavor of the food you’ll be eating.  You can do the same in reverse — search by Drink to retrieve compatible foods that will enhance whatever is in your glass:

It’s a great deal at only $2.99.  Check it out at the iTunes store.

Not an iPhone user?  You can always buy the book!

What to Drink with What You Eat: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea - Even Water - Based on Expert Advice from America's Best Sommeliers


The Flavor Bible – More Recognition

Congratulations to Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg; their recent book, The Flavor Bible, has received a 2010 Nautilus Book Award.  The book is also a 2009 James Beard Foundation award winner for Best Book – Reference and Scholarship.

At Bellavitae, we are constantly referencing this book, which is now full of food stains from constant use!  If you’re a professional chef or an enthusiastic home cook, The Flavor Bible will easily become one of your most-used reference books.   More on the book here.

Well done Andrew and Karen!


Dining at Bellavitae

                                             Michael J. Gelb'sWine Drinking for Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices [Hardcover](2010)

James Beard award-winning authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg came in for dinner tonight.  Joining them were Michael J. Gelb, author of just-published Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices, and his lovely wife, the accomplished mezzo-soprano, Deborah Domanski.  Michael’s book sounds very interesting and has received terrific reviews.

By the way, Karen and Andrew’s new book, On Mastering Wine, will be published this year.  If it’s anything like The Flavor Bible, we’ll put it to good use here at Bellavitae.