Janet Fletcher explores recipes that celebrate California’s sustainable harvest
Janet Fletcher is the author or co-author of nearly 30 books on food an beverage. Her latest effort, Wine Country Table: With Recipes that Celebrate California’s Sustainable Harvest by Wine Institute, Rizzoli, 2019, is a delicious look at the wineries, recipes and agricultural bounty that makes California one of the world’s greatest gastronomic destinations.
More than a cookbook, Wine Country Table includes fabulous photos by Robert Holmes and Sara Remington that bring the text and recipes to life. In addition to 50 recipes, the book features 23 profiles of wineries and farms that practice sustainable farming.
Napa Valley and Sonoma garner the bulk of international attention, but this book does a balanced job of covering wine regions that stretch the length and breadth of the Golden State. For the Inland Valley area, for example, Heringer Estates of Sacramento Valley and Lucas Winery of Lodi are profiled accompanied by sidebars on Couture Farms asparagus and Enzo Olive Oil Company. Among the recipes in the section are Breakfast Bruschetta, Kale Salad with Red Grapes, Walnuts, and Feta, and Chinese Chicken Soup.
The style of the book invites you to wander through the pages with a glass of California wine. Each recipe has a wine pairing suggestion. The Gilroy Garlic and Potato Soup will pair perfectly with a glass of California Grenache, Carignane or GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) blend. The arresting photo of the soup with a soft-yolk egg on top will have you grabbing a corkscrew and heading to the kitchen.
Wine Country Table is a great purchase for your wine-loving friends or your own coffee table. The list price of the book is $45 and is available on Amazon.
The book was produced in collaboration with Wine Institute, an advocacy group of nearly 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses. The organization’s website is a wealth of information about California wine and wine in general.