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#1 Post by Nick Gangas » June 30th, 2019, 8:28 am

any recommendations for summer reading ? Looking for books about food, wine or restaurants ?

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#2 Post by Anders D » June 30th, 2019, 9:19 am

If you have never read "The Fourth Star" about Daniel Boulud's restaurant it is a great read that covers all of your topics.

although it seems to be a bit pricey now for some reason...
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#3 Post by J B a s k a m » June 30th, 2019, 10:03 am

Just re-read: Far Flung and Well Fed: The Food Writing of R.W. Apple, Jr. Originally out in 2009, it's a collection of his essays. It remains an enjoyable read.
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#4 Post by Mattstolz » June 30th, 2019, 10:03 am

if you haven't read Bourdains books, I really like them. I also really enjoyed Cork Dork if you want one truly about wine. Also about wine: in vino duplitas and Billionaires Vinegar. Last year I read A Really Big Lunch, basically an ode to guanicale and domaine Tempier, which was good. My favorite wine book I've read though was probably Wine and War.

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#5 Post by TomHill » June 30th, 2019, 11:18 am

Darren Delmore’s (TablasCreek guy) Lucky Country:Tales of a Vagabond Cellarhand. Darren is a talented writer and it’s a very entertaining read. He tells fun stories of his time in Australia.
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#6 Post by theocorrel » June 30th, 2019, 11:45 am

'Blue Trout and Black Truffles: The Perigrinations of an Epicure', Wechsberg (from the New Yorker). I'm not sure food writing gets better than this. (At lease if you like France.)

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#7 Post by David Wright » June 30th, 2019, 11:50 am

Adventures on the Wine Route -- Kermit Lynch.

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#8 Post by Matthew King » June 30th, 2019, 2:02 pm

Given your MidWest roots, I recommend the culinary/life musings of Jim Harrison.

“The Raw and the Cooked” is a collection of his food writing for Esquire. He was a poet and screenwriter (Legends of the Fall) with a hilarious and cutting take on haute cuisine.
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#9 Post by RickieM » June 30th, 2019, 2:03 pm

David Wright wrote:
June 30th, 2019, 11:50 am
Adventures on the Wine Route -- Kermit Lynch.
I second that recommendation. It's older, but if you've never read it, it is well worthwhile. It is my favorite wine book by far. Make sure to get the revised edition as it includes additional reading.
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#10 Post by blarmston » June 30th, 2019, 2:16 pm

“Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure” by Richard Mendelson
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#11 Post by Will Clements » June 30th, 2019, 3:16 pm

Wine and War
Cork Dork
Adventures on the Wine Route
Shadows in the Vineyard

All decent reads

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#12 Post by Keith_B » June 30th, 2019, 3:21 pm

I enjoyed Cork Dork, so another recommendation for that one.
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#13 Post by alan weinberg » June 30th, 2019, 3:24 pm

Feeding Frenzy. About 3 star European restaurants.

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#14 Post by Philip N. Jones » June 30th, 2019, 4:50 pm

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#15 Post by Michael Reiss » July 1st, 2019, 9:03 am

Bursting Bubbles.

Great book on grower Champagne.

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#16 Post by Jonathan Loesberg » July 1st, 2019, 11:05 am

Give up all these new-fangled books. Read or reread anything by M.F.K. Fisher

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#17 Post by RyanC » July 1st, 2019, 11:25 am

theocorrel wrote:
June 30th, 2019, 11:45 am
'Blue Trout and Black Truffles: The Perigrinations of an Epicure', Wechsberg (from the New Yorker). I'm not sure food writing gets better than this. (At lease if you like France.)
Seconded. I love this book.
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#18 Post by JMFrawley » July 2nd, 2019, 7:01 am

Matthew King wrote:
June 30th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Given your MidWest roots, I recommend the culinary/life musings of Jim Harrison.

“The Raw and the Cooked” is a collection of his food writing for Esquire. He was a poet and screenwriter (Legends of the Fall) with a hilarious and cutting take on haute cuisine.
This! +1
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#19 Post by William Kelley » July 2nd, 2019, 7:13 am

Michael Reiss wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 9:03 am
Bursting Bubbles.

Great book on grower Champagne.
Have to second that, terrific book.
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#20 Post by Marcu$ Stanley » July 2nd, 2019, 11:16 am

Cork Dork was very enjoyable if shallow.

AJ Liebling's memoir of 1920s Paris "Between Meals" is about more than food and drink, but there is a ton of great writing about food and drink in there. A truly great book:


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#21 Post by Todd Abrams » July 5th, 2019, 3:01 pm

Matthew King wrote:
June 30th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Given your MidWest roots, I recommend the culinary/life musings of Jim Harrison.

“The Raw and the Cooked” is a collection of his food writing for Esquire. He was a poet and screenwriter (Legends of the Fall) with a hilarious and cutting take on haute cuisine.

Perhaps just as appropriate is “A Really Big Lunch” -- Harrison’s collection of food/wine-related essays published a year after his death. It features a handful of pieces that he wrote for Kermit Lynch’s newsletter. Some excellent stuff if not quite as polished as the essays from “The Raw and the Cooked.”

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#22 Post by Hank Victor » July 5th, 2019, 3:35 pm

in vino duplicitas - more in depth recount of 'sour grapes"
shadows in the vineyard - the extortion attempt of drc
monks and wine - a bit slow but solid read if your a history fan.
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#23 Post by Nick Gangas » June 16th, 2020, 11:55 am

time to bring this one back to life. Anything new for a beach read ? wine/food or restaurant related.

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#24 Post by mark rudner » June 16th, 2020, 12:04 pm

Matthew King wrote:
June 30th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Given your MidWest roots, I recommend the culinary/life musings of Jim Harrison.

“The Raw and the Cooked” is a collection of his food writing for Esquire. He was a poet and screenwriter (Legends of the Fall) with a hilarious and cutting take on haute cuisine.
i can read harrison's books every year
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#25 Post by Victor Hong » June 16th, 2020, 12:08 pm

My favorite fiction reading is the latest Acker auction catalog.
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#26 Post by William Kelley » June 16th, 2020, 12:53 pm

I'd warmly second "Bursting Bubbles", recommended by Michael last year.

A bit scholarly and translated from the French but full of fascinating stuff is Christophe Lucand's "Hitler's Vineyards".

Bill Buford's "Dirt" deserves the rave reviews and is full of acute observations about French food and culture (as someone who lives for much of the year in France, and who has worked in wineries there as opposed to kitchens, it's very relatable).
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#27 Post by Anthony C » June 16th, 2020, 1:00 pm

Mentioned above but seconded:
Cork Dork
Billionaire's Vinegar

Not read yet, but recommended by a friend:
Wine and War
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#28 Post by Rodrigo F. » June 16th, 2020, 1:14 pm

Wine and War probably my favorite.
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#29 Post by Marshall Manning » June 16th, 2020, 1:55 pm

If you haven't read it, I think Kermit Lynch's "Adventures on the Wine Route" taught me more about what wine is really about than any other book.
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#30 Post by Sean S y d n e y » June 16th, 2020, 1:58 pm

William Kelley wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 12:53 pm
I'd warmly second "Bursting Bubbles", recommended by Michael last year.

A bit scholarly and translated from the French but full of fascinating stuff is Christophe Lucand's "Hitler's Vineyards".

Bill Buford's "Dirt" deserves the rave reviews and is full of acute observations about French food and culture (as someone who lives for much of the year in France, and who has worked in wineries there as opposed to kitchens, it's very relatable).
THANK YOU for reminding me to get Bill Buford's book. After reading this piece - which I think is one of the best pieces of food writing I've ever read and one of the better pieces I've read in recent memory period - I have to pick it up.

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#31 Post by William Kelley » June 16th, 2020, 3:40 pm

Rodrigo F. wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Wine and War probably my favorite.
If that interested you, try Lucand's book!
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#32 Post by S. Rash » June 16th, 2020, 4:05 pm

American Rhone
Kermit Lynch - Adventures on the Wine Route
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#33 Post by Anthony C » June 16th, 2020, 4:15 pm

Jonathan Loesberg wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 11:05 am
Give up all these new-fangled books. Read or reread anything by M.F.K. Fisher
Or if you like the works of MFK Fisher, read "Provence, 1970" which is more about the evolution of the food scene from the old world post WWII to the new world in the 1970s. Fisher is a main character as are the Childs and James Beard. A tough but very interesting read.
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#34 Post by Frank Murray III » June 16th, 2020, 4:29 pm

William Kelley wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 12:53 pm
I'd warmly second "Bursting Bubbles", recommended by Michael last year.

A bit scholarly and translated from the French but full of fascinating stuff is Christophe Lucand's "Hitler's Vineyards".

Bill Buford's "Dirt" deserves the rave reviews and is full of acute observations about French food and culture (as someone who lives for much of the year in France, and who has worked in wineries there as opposed to kitchens, it's very relatable).
The Bursting Bubbles book is a GREAT read. I have read it twice, such a cool flow to this book. And, would also recommend the Peter Liem book on Champagne. For a library, and especially for people who want to learn about Champagne, these two books are core.
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#35 Post by AD Northup » June 16th, 2020, 5:08 pm

Frank Murray III wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 4:29 pm
William Kelley wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 12:53 pm
I'd warmly second "Bursting Bubbles", recommended by Michael last year.

A bit scholarly and translated from the French but full of fascinating stuff is Christophe Lucand's "Hitler's Vineyards".

Bill Buford's "Dirt" deserves the rave reviews and is full of acute observations about French food and culture (as someone who lives for much of the year in France, and who has worked in wineries there as opposed to kitchens, it's very relatable).
The Bursting Bubbles book is a GREAT read. I have read it twice, such a cool flow to this book. And, would also recommend the Peter Liem book on Champagne. For a library, and especially for people who want to learn about Champagne, these two books are core.
Frank - have you read “Champagne Uncorked” focusing on history and Krug?
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#36 Post by AD Northup » June 16th, 2020, 5:11 pm

William Kelley wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Rodrigo F. wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Wine and War probably my favorite.
If that interested you, try Lucand's book!
Definitely picking this up, seems to be an opposite take on the story of resistance?
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#37 Post by William Kelley » June 16th, 2020, 5:42 pm

AD Northup wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 5:11 pm
William Kelley wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Rodrigo F. wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Wine and War probably my favorite.
If that interested you, try Lucand's book!
Definitely picking this up, seems to be an opposite take on the story of resistance?
Yes, and actually rigorously documented in the archives. The author was just elected mayor of Gevrey-Chambertin, incidentally.
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#38 Post by William Kelley » June 16th, 2020, 5:43 pm

AD Northup wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 5:08 pm
Frank - have you read “Champagne Uncorked” focusing on history and Krug?
The better book is John Arlott's "Krug, House of Champagne", which is long out-of-print but easily obtainable on Abebooks.
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#39 Post by AD Northup » June 16th, 2020, 5:44 pm

William Kelley wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 5:42 pm
AD Northup wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 5:11 pm
William Kelley wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 3:40 pm


If that interested you, try Lucand's book!
Definitely picking this up, seems to be an opposite take on the story of resistance?
Yes, and actually rigorously documented in the archives. The author was just elected mayor of Gevrey-Chambertin, incidentally.
Thanks, will put it next in my queue when it arrives
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#40 Post by AD Northup » June 16th, 2020, 5:45 pm

William Kelley wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 5:43 pm
AD Northup wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 5:08 pm
Frank - have you read “Champagne Uncorked” focusing on history and Krug?
The better book is John Arlott's "Krug, House of Champagne", which is long out-of-print but easily obtainable on Abebooks.
And another booked ordered...have recently started the former, so look forward to contrasting them
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#41 Post by Fred Davis » June 17th, 2020, 9:34 am

David Wright wrote:
June 30th, 2019, 11:50 am
Adventures on the Wine Route -- Kermit Lynch.
Just ordered it, thanks for the rec.

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#42 Post by John Milliken » June 17th, 2020, 9:48 am

I recently enjoyed Chef’s, Drugs and Rock & Roll by Andrew Friedman. It’s an oral history of the most influential chefs / restaurants in the US.

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#43 Post by Frank Murray III » June 17th, 2020, 9:54 am

AD Northup wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 5:08 pm
Frank Murray III wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 4:29 pm
William Kelley wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 12:53 pm
I'd warmly second "Bursting Bubbles", recommended by Michael last year.

A bit scholarly and translated from the French but full of fascinating stuff is Christophe Lucand's "Hitler's Vineyards".

Bill Buford's "Dirt" deserves the rave reviews and is full of acute observations about French food and culture (as someone who lives for much of the year in France, and who has worked in wineries there as opposed to kitchens, it's very relatable).
The Bursting Bubbles book is a GREAT read. I have read it twice, such a cool flow to this book. And, would also recommend the Peter Liem book on Champagne. For a library, and especially for people who want to learn about Champagne, these two books are core.
Frank - have you read “Champagne Uncorked” focusing on history and Krug?
Just ordered it used on Amazon for 8 bucks. Thank you. [thumbs-up.gif]
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#44 Post by Gautier Roussille » June 17th, 2020, 1:48 pm

Perfect for a light read by the pool on a full stomach:
A short history of drunkness
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#45 Post by Benjamin Hand » June 17th, 2020, 4:23 pm

A few not yet mentioned:

The Accidental Connoisseur: An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World -- Lawrence Osborne
The House of Mondavi -- Julia Siler
Haut-Brion: An Illustrious Lineage -- Asa Briggs (an esteemed British historian)
Bollinger -- Cyril Ray (he also wrote histories of Lafite and Mouton, but I like this one best)
A Life Uncorked -- Hugh Johnson (a biography through wine)

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#46 Post by Fred Davis » June 18th, 2020, 8:47 am

Interesting timing of this WSJ article on wine books. https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-best-w ... 1592481610

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#47 Post by Riccardo Campinoti » June 19th, 2020, 12:38 am

for Burgundy lover check out : Burgundy - The vineyards of the Côte d'Or written by Armando Castagno.
It's an incredible work
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#48 Post by Howard Cooper » June 19th, 2020, 4:24 am

David Wright wrote:
June 30th, 2019, 11:50 am
Adventures on the Wine Route -- Kermit Lynch.
This
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#49 Post by JasperMorris » June 19th, 2020, 5:25 am

I can very much recommend Bouquet, GB Stern (1927 re-released in 2011)

On the war, Wine & War is agreeable journalism, Christophe Lucand is proper history by one of the Burgundy's best historians, though he had to get it out quite rapidly as soon as new papers were released. It will make you think though.

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#50 Post by Anthony C » June 22nd, 2020, 4:25 pm

Just got Wine and War today in the mail. been on my list a little while, no time like the present!

Anyone get / read Jane Anson's Bordeaux book yet? I saw it in another discussion and I know it's pretty new. It looks great, but I'm trying to figure out if it's $95 shipped great.
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