Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Northwest Food and Wine Cookbook

Wine touring season is upon us. Every year hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe descend upon the Pacific Northwest to experience one of the world’s fastest-growing cultural destinations.

In PACIFIC NORTHWEST WINING & DINING: The People, Places, Food, and Drink of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia (Wiley; hardcover/$34.95; October 29, 2007) Braiden Rex-Johnson calls upon her more than eighteen years of experience writing about the region and its food and wine in order to create a sumptuous and lavishly photographed tribute to this vital and growing culinary destination.

With 145 gorgeous color photos by Jackie Johnston and 88 recipes adapted from the kitchens of the top chefs throughout the region, PACIFIC NORTHWEST WINING & DINING celebrates local flavors such as wild king salmon, Dungeness crab, Bing cherries, and Walla Walla sweet onions. No matter where you live, you’ll want to try some of these delicious recipes at home, including:

· Oysters Gratinée
· Blue Cheese Mussels
· Cedar-Planked Idaho Trout with Chardonnay-Lemon Beurre Blanc
· Flank Steak Roulade with Red-Wine Sauce
· Smoked Salmon Tartare
· Roasted Halibut with Shellfish Cioppino
· Chipotle Chocolate Cake

And you’ll never be at a loss for what to drink: each recipe is paired with a Northwest wine varietal.

Whether a longtime resident of the region or a first-time visitor, PACIFIC NORTHWEST WINING & DINING offers something for everyone – wine primer, cookbook, food-and-wine pairing guide, and travelogue – and will serve as an invaluable resource to one of the most beautiful and adventurous culinary destinations of the world. “With PACIFIC NORTHWEST WINING & DINING in hand,” Rex-Johnson writes, “you have only to open a bottle of good Northwest wine, crank up the stove, and settle in for a whirlwind tour of the United States’ and Canada’s most exciting new wine and food regions.”


A freelance writer since 1982, Braiden Rex-Johnson has been in love with the food, wine, and people of the Pacific Northwest for more than eighteen years. She has documented this relationship in a number of magazines and bestselling cookbooks, including the Pike Place Market series of books and PACIFIC NORTHWEST WINING & DINING. She is the long-time food-and-wine-pairing columnist for Wine Press Northwest and a regular contributor to the Seattle Times Pacific Northwest magazine. Rex-Johnson is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a judge for the James Beard Foundation, and an active member of the Seattle chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI). Her media appearances include The Food Network, The Travel Channel, The Discovery Channel, QVC, PBS, and National Public Radio, and she has her own Web site at www.NorthwestWiningandDining.com. Visit photographer Jackie Johnston online at www.WineCountryCreations.com.

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