The Wine Dine Dictionary (Granta, £20)
‘Smart, fun, highly recommended’
‘With apologies to Jamie and Nigella, The Wine Dine Dictionary is going to be my new kitchen bible’
Special Commendation Winner
André Simon Awards
Wondering what to pour with new-season asparagus or with sour-spicy food from South-East Asia? Looking for inspiration for what to eat with an old bottle of Pomerol, or the white that’s been chilling in your fridge door since lunchtime? Arranged A to Z by food, and then A to Z by grape (and wine), The Wine Dine Dictionary is a bestselling handbook aimed at helping you to make more informed, more creative, and more delicious choices about what to eat and drink. It also includes sections on smell and taste, around 30 recipes, and insights from the producers of some of the world’s best wines about what they love to eat with their own bottles.
Here is Nigel Greening (Felton Road, New Zealand) on the joy of potatoes with pinot: “I once had a memorable evening at Domaine de L’Arlot with Jean-Pierre de Smet. We sat in the kitchen garden drinking old bottles and eating Ratte potatoes (grown in the Clos de L’Arlot, so 1er cru!) roast with thyme, with our fingers.”
How to Drink (Granta, £15.99)
‘No kitchen should be without it’
Organised by season, How to Drink is a book about making uncomplicated drinks to enjoy at home. Here are recipes for mint juleps in the spring, sloe gin in the autumn, hot buttered rum in the winter and for year-round showstoppers. There are 13 pages devoted to that all-time classic, the gin and tonic, and also a surprisingly long section on ice.
How to Drink at Christmas: Winter Warmers, Party Drinks and Festive Cocktails (Granta, £9.99)
Celebratory and warming, How to Drink at Christmas is filled with tips on such important matters as how to choose champagne for a Christmas party, and what wines work best with Christmas Dinner. There are also recipes for cocktails - Sidecar or a Clementine Campari, anyone? And drink ideas for parties – think Swedish glogg or sloe gin fizz, anyone. A spin-off from How to Drink, about one-third of this book is new content. Just don’t try to work your way through it in one Christmas.