Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Cooking with the Wines of Washington and Oregon

Cooking with the Wines of Washington Washington state has been recognized as a world leader in producing award-winning wines, many of which originate from family-owned wineries. The region boasts fertile land for growing grapes and fresh ingredients, rendering it one of the most sought-after areas for wine lovers and culinaryaficionados alike.

As good meals and great wine go hand in hand, Cooking with the Wines of Washington celebrates the wineries of Washington with a collection of over a hundred recipes for cooking with wine.

Authors Troy and Cheryl-Lynn Townsin have scoured the region for secret family recipes and the tricks of renowned chefs. The result is a comprehensive book capturing Washington's hidden gems and brightest diamonds from kitchens and vineyards across the state.

This book takes readers on a culinary journey spanning Puget Sound to the Columbia Gorge, complete with useful winery listings, maps, and driving distances. Serving as a culinary tour guide and cookbook, each recipe uses wine as the feature ingredient so that meals can start and finish with the pop of a cork. Elegant recipes like Mushroom and Pinot Noir Soup, Masset Winery Braised Duck, and Hedges Family Estate Fortified Poached Pears make for dazzling wine-inspired meals, each dish rooted in the rich histories of the wineries that motivated their creation. Cooking with the Wines of Washington is a delightful springboard to the culinary exploration of Washington wine country, a perfect wine companion for the road or in home kitchens.

Cooking with the Wines of Oregon
Oregon wineries attract approximately five million visitors each year. There are over 40 types of wine grapes growing in the state, making it one of the most prosperous wine regions in North America.

Authors Troy and Cheryl-Lynn Townsin raise their glasses to Oregon wine country in Cooking with the Wines of Oregon, a culinary journey through over 250 wineries in the area. This book doubles as a wine tour guide and cookbook. Packed with essential winery tour information, driving directions and maps, Cooking with the Wines of Oregon also brings home the experience with a collection of more than 100 wine-inspired regional recipes.

Troy and Cheryl-Lynn follow their noses to compile favorite recipes from renowned wineries: Willamette Valley Vineyards Lamb and Goat Cheese Wontons Aramenta Almond-Crusted Halibut, King Estate Dungeness Crab Strudel, Ribbon Ridge Vineyards Chocolate Lavender Torte with Early Muscat Sabayon, LaVelle Vineyards Riesling Curried Prawns

Ripe with bold flavors, contemporary vibrancy, and unique histories, the wineries and recipes in Cooking with the Wines of Oregon paint a colorful portrait of a thriving cuisine culture in the Pacific Northwest. Troy and Cheryl-Lynn Townsin capture the vitality of the region through the most comprehensive exploration of Oregon wineries ever published.

Award-winning authors Tory and Cheryl-Lynn Townsin are a husband and wife team with a passion for food, wine and travel. Both have traveled extensively, independently pursuing international careers in hospitality, travel writing and business. They won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for best book on cooking with wine for their first book, Cooking with BC Wine.

NOTE: Received sample copies of the book. If you have a love of cooking and a love of wine from the Pacific Northwest, you're in luck! The books are recipe heavy and while most of them will translate well on their own, these are niche publications specializing in wine pairings with the native wines. If this sounds like you, it's worth the $24.95 cover price (each.)

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