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The Vineyard Cookbook:
Seasonal Recipes and Wine Pairings Inspired by America's Vineyards
By Barbara Scott-Goodman; Food photography by Colin Cooke; Landscape photography by Kirk Irwin and Wes Walker
ISBN: 1599620642
Publisher: Welcome Books
Publication date: March 2009
Format: Hardcover
Number of recipes: 60+
List price: $24.95
Type: Entertaining: Wine Pairings; Coffee Table
Sample recipe: Lobster, Corn & Tomato Salad
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive encyclopedia coffee-table
Meal part: all breakfast/brunch lunch dinner dessert
Competition: outclassed a bit behind in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: airfare required online specialty store supermarket pantry
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose minimal complete educational
Time conscious: not conscious bald lies white lies realistic scout's honor
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant ample generous
Photos/drawings: none drawings b&w photos occasional color all/mostly color
Art contribution: disappointing distracting decorative beautiful glorious
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine kind work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging ok clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy delicate years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: hard-to-find spotty sufficient most pages every page
Table of contents: missing frustrating minimal helpful excellent
Index: none confusing adequate nice a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writing history: beginner writer/journalist food writer writing cook personality
Cooking heritage: unknown self-taught teacher chef celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short satisfactory successful exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward good friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good excellent Ochef Top 100

Comments: The Vineyard Cookbook includes more than 60 recipes in 12 multi-course, seasonal menus, all meant to showcase the wines they are designed to accompany, and at three different price points (less than $25 per bottle, $25 to $35, and over $35).

In general, these are easy recipes that produce fairly showy results. We would not say there is a depth of flavor in many cases, but easy and showy can go a long way these days. Using particularly good ingredients is the key to success with simple recipes.

We are flummoxed by the recipe for Roasted Potato Salad with Arugula and Goat Cheese that has you roast cloves of garlic in their skins – and them serve them in the salad in their skins (confirmed by the lovely nearby photo). Perhaps it is like serving mussels in their shells, but we know of at least some people who would be confused seeing unpeeled roasted garlic cloves on their plates (and a few who might try to eat them that way). It is the sort of thing that makes us wonder slightly about other recipes.

The book also features brief descriptions of 32 prominent wineries across the country, with highlights of each location's best-selling wines. Filled with wonderful photos, this is a coffee-table book – whether or not it means to be – just on a smaller scale.


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