food 02.6.12

The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift:
The Food Lover's Guide to Wine
(Sponsored Email)

"We love books that tell it like it is, and this one does."
—Anne Zimmerman, Serious Eats

"A perfect gift for food lovers who love wine…If Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg's new book THE FOOD LOVERS GUIDE TO WINE were on a restaurant menu, it would be a Châteauneuf-du-Pape paired with a cassoulet — there's a little of everything in it for everyone who pays attention to what they eat and what they drink with it."
—Roger Morris, The Daily Meal

THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE was named the "#1 Wine Book of the Year" as chosen by 195 year-end 'Best Of' lists (including those of the Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Vancouver Sun and The Wall Street Journal) compiled by the team behind the website Eat Your Books.

Wherever you're planning to celebrate this Valentine's Day, you've got a good chance of running into a wine expert who has been featured in and/or is enjoying reading THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE — which is based on interviews with dozens of America's best, including Belinda Chang of The Monkey Bar, Michel Couvreux of Per Se, Roger Dagorn of Porter House New York, Heather Laiskonis of Aldea, Ron Miller of Solera, Claire Paparazzo of Blue Hill, John Ragan of Eleven Madison Park, Aldo Sohm of Le Bernardin, Raj Vaidya of Daniel, and Hristo Zisovski and Emilie Perrier of Ai Fiori.

"These estimable authors have already written some good books on the same topic, and this one has lots of information for any reader, no matter the level of sophistication…You're borne along in a conversation with real people,
rather than being sat down and lectured.

—Ted Loos, Epicurious

Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg — bestselling authors of nine books including their two James Beard Award winners Becoming a Chef and The Flavor Bible, and former weekly wine columnists for The Washington Post — are paired both in work and in life. Having celebrated more than two decades worth of Valentine's Days together, they have a few tips to share:

"When in doubt, a bottle of rosé Champagne or other sparkling wine will pair with most entrées — from salmon to lamb."

"If you think the wine you order on Valentine's Day doesn't matter, think again. How are those perfect raw oysters supposed to do their aphrodisiac thing if you pair them with a tannic Cabernet versus a crisp glass of Chablis or Champagne? The right wine pairing will absolutely enhance the pleasure that you and your Valentine receive from every dish you order — from oysters to chocolate!"

"If you can't get into your restaurant of choice for dinner, be creative. Consider meeting for lunch instead: One of our most unforgettable Valentine's Days ever was spent over a long lunch at Karen and David Waltuck's beloved restaurant Chanterelle. Another was the snowy night we shared a simple picnic in bed with a bottle of apple ice cider, a baguette, and an assortment of patés and cheeses."

"Like the authors' previous food and wine book WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT, THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE should become a standard reference for both wine beginners and avid connoisseurs, packed as it is with so much useful advice and insider tips. In short, Page and Dornenburg take the danger out of unexpected but pleasurable vinous liaisons we all look for with each pop of the cork."
—David Lincoln Ross, The Daily Beast

James Beard Award-winning radio host Leonard Lopate lets you in on the best conversations with writers, actors, ex-presidents, dancers, scientists, comedians, historians, grammarians, curators, filmmakers, and do-it-yourself experts on "The Leonard Lopate Show" on WNYC, which reaches more than one million listeners each week and has the largest public radio audience in the United States.

Hear more about THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE when Leonard Lopate interviews authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg on Monday, February 13th at 12:40 pm.

"A handy compendium and reference guide encompassing everything you need to know about vino and wine producers around the world."
—Lauren Shockey, The Village Voice

As a non-profit community and cultural center, 92YTribeca seeks to create, provide and disseminate programs of distinction that foster the physical and mental health of human beings throughout their lives, their educational and spiritual growth and their enjoyment.

On Thursday, March 1st, at 6:30 pm, you can join authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg for a delicious discussion of THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE over wine and hors d'oeuvres at the 92nd St. Y in Tribeca. To register, visit

"Written in the language of flavor, this new book combines expertise with history in order to bridge the gap between culinary mastery and wine specialty. Although there can be hundreds of choices in the supermarket or wine shop, THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE
will give you straightforward, accessible and wallet-friendly suggestions that will keep you from feeling overwhelmed."

—Anthony Dias Blue, WCBS Radio

Order THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE for your Valentine online, or pick up a signed copy at Kitchen Arts & Letters (Lexington Ave. at 94th Street).

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