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Inside Wine Country

From locally inspired recipes to essays on winemaking, these new books have it all.



Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook

By John Ash

In his fourth book, the nationally renowned Santa Rosa chef, author, teacher, and James Beard Award winner explores the American mainstay, from its history to its many delicious uses. In addition to chicken, chapters explore eggs, turkey, duck, and goose, as well as small birds, such as quail and guinea fowl. Ash sheds light on how birds are grown and processed, and what to look for when buying them. Use the hefty index to find mouthwatering recipes to try at home, including chicken Waldorf salad, quiche Lorraine, and grilled green curry game hens. Available for Kindle and iPad, and in hardcover. chefjohnash.com.
 

Stone Edge Farm Cookbook

By John McReynolds

The Stone Edge Farm culinary director’s first book has been a long time coming, and is brimming with more than 100 recipes and 300 stunning photographs. McReynolds deftly writes about how he uses local and foraged foods in his cooking, and concludes the book with a conversation about food and wine pairings between Jeff Baker, Stone Edge’s winemaker, and proprietor Mac McQuown. The book also features essays on gardening, winemaking, and vineyards, including a poem by the Sonoma winery’s own viticulturist, Phil Coturri. Available in hardcover. stoneedgefarm.com.
 

The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste

By Jon Bonné

In his first book, the acclaimed San Francisco Chronicle wine editor explores the wine revolution and takes readers on a tour of California’s lesser-known growing areas, from the Sierra Foothills to the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Santa Rita Hills. The 300-page coffee-table book concludes with winery maps and a list of the best producers and wines available. “Each section addresses an aspect of what I’ve come to believe: This is the best time in a generation to drink California wine,” he writes. Available for Kindle and iPad, and in hardcover. jonbonne.com/the-new-california-wine/.

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