Book Review: The Wine Lover’s Cookbook

By John ~ August 13th, 2010.

The Wine Lover’s Cookbook: Great Recipes for the Perfect Glass of Wine by Sid Goldstein is not a new book, but it is relatively new to us. I recently found it and our food expert, LaGayle, put her stamp of approval on several of the recipes and pairings in it. That’s good enough for me.

After several introductory chapters on the basics of food and wine pairing, Goldstein dedicates a chapter to each of fourteen wine varietals, lists the different aromas and flavors typical of that wine, suggests foods and ingredients that will best complement it, and discusses the regions that produce the best examples. I liked the format, even though it doesn’t allow the book to cover every single wine varietal.

The only negative from LaGayle’s standpoint is that many of the recipes are fairly lengthy and call for a lot of ingredients, something she tries to avoid in her selections and recommendations. I enjoy seeing pictures of what the meal made from the recipe will look like on a plate, so it was disappointing to me that not many in this book have pictures.

In addition to this book, Sid Goldstein is the co-author of American Game Cooking and From Earth to the Table. In his other life, Goldstein has directed Marketing Communications at Fetzer Vineyards in California.

The Wine Lover’s Cookbook has received a number of rave reviews. In fact, most other reviewers give the book even better marks than I do. If you love wine and food and enjoy cooking, I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book to add to your library.

Have you already read and/or used The Wine Lover’s Cookbook? If so, please leave a comment and let us know what you thought of it.


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Reader's Comments

  1. Jenny | August 13th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for the tip. I am anxious to try it out.

  2. Mary Cressler | August 13th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I’ve been using that book for a few years. It’s definitely a go-to book in my kitchen. Nice resource for wine pairing with the most popular/common varietals, and even if you’re not into wine pairing, the recipes are great. I’ve made at least 1/2 the recipes in the book. One of my favorites (and easiest) is the Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Bruschetta on pg 32.

  3. John | August 13th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Glad to see your great kudos for the book, especially since you have tried so many of the recipes. Thanks for your comment.

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