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From the Earth to the Table: John Ash's Wine Country Cuisine
     

From the Earth to the Table: John Ash's Wine Country Cuisine

by John Ash, Sid Goldstein
 

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One of California's foremost chefs, in association with Fetzer Vineyards, celebrates the bounty of the garden and the vine with a collection of more than 300 recipes that pay magnificent tribute to fresh and healthy high-flavor food--plus a a helpful--and fun--approach to testing and evaluating wines. Color photos.

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One of California's foremost chefs, in association with Fetzer Vineyards, celebrates the bounty of the garden and the vine with a collection of more than 300 recipes that pay magnificent tribute to fresh and healthy high-flavor food--plus a a helpful--and fun--approach to testing and evaluating wines. Color photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ash, a noted Northern California restaurateur (his Santa Rosa restaurant bears his name) and author (he collaborated with Goldstein on American Game Cooking) is immersed in the wine-country gestalt, according to which dinner-and what we drink with it-is a way of life. A passionate advocate of cooks knowing where, when and how their food is grown and raised, he urges readers to eat ``seasonally and locally.'' Instead of using tasteless tomatoes in a salad in December, he suggests the likes of Warm Red Cabbage Salad with Pancetta and California Goat Cheese. Along with imaginative salads (Fresh Corn, Orzo, and Smoked Chicken Salad with Pine Nuts), Ash offers a bountiful array of soups (Roasted Eggplant Soup with Sweet Peppers), pastas (Fusilli with Collards, Bacon, and Garlic) and desserts (Peach-Mint Granita). Fish (Seared Ahi Tuna with a Lavender-Pepper Crust), poultry, meat (Pork and Pepper Stew with Oranges) and vegetable dishes are innovative and tempting. For each salad and main dish, he suggests a wine (``Gewrztraminer is a showstopper'' with Crab Wontons with Orange-Chipotle Sauce), and his cooking tips (e.g., ``never throw away shrimp shells,'' which can be frozen and counted on to save a fish stock or soup) are jewels. This is a cookbook for those who truly want to live with their food. Photos not seen by PW. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Here are lots of beautifully fresh recipes from the authors of American Game Cooking (LJ 10/15/91). Ash is the culinary director of Fetzer Vineyards' Wine Center, which happens to have a huge organic culinary garden. With that as well as the produce and other ingredients available in abundance in California's wine country, he creates dishes like Orecchiette with Red Wine-Braised Chicken, Fresh Cherry Flan, and other delicious combinations. There are lots of sidebars on ingredients, and Ash suggests substitutions for seasonal or hard-to-find ingredients. Most recipes are accompanied by informative wine notes that explain the particular food-wine match. Highly recommended.
Barbara Jacobs
It is unrealistic to imagine that the relatively unaccomplished cook will take to many of these more than 120 recipes. The long shopping lists and the demands on time prohibit such. But more experienced cooks will find the book difficult to ignore. Each recipe is accompanied by a wine recommendation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525940005
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
7.56(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.45(d)

Meet the Author

John Ash writes for the Los Angeles Times, Bon Appétit, and Fine Cooking. He serves on the board of the Chef's Collaborative, a national organization supporting ethical agriculture. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.

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