The James Beard Foundation Book Awards were established in 1966 as the
R.T. French Tastemaker Awards. When funding by R.T. French was discontinued, the awards
were sponsored by a number of organizations until they found a home as part of the James
Beard Foundation Awards in 1990. Winners are announced each May for original,
English-language books on culinary topics published the previous year.
by Linda West Eckhardt
Hardcover - 320 pages 1 Ed edition (November 1, 1997)
Doubleday; ISBN: 0385485425
Dinner parties are back. Cocktail parties are back. Cigars and martinis are back. Before you know it, even pillbox hats may be back! But some things have changed forever. There was a time when celebration meant days of planning, days of cooking, and days of recuperation. But no more! Today, the very thought of preparing one of those sumptuous multicourse extravaganzas has become no more than a fleeting nightmare.
by Oz Clarke & Steven Spurrier
Hardcover - 320 pages (October 1998)
Harcourt Brace; ISBN: 0151004129
San Jose Mercury News, November 4, 1998
"Here's yet another pocket wine guide, this one by two respected authorities. (Spurrier is the fellow who put together the Paris tasting of 1976 that was won by two Napa Valley wines, putting California wines on the world map.) The guide has A-to-Z listings of the best producers, divided by country - or in the case of France, by region - and offers detailed vintage information.
Exploring Wine: The Culinary Institute of America's Complete Guide to Wines of the World
by Steven Koplan, Brian H. Smith
Hardcover - 673 pages (July 1, 1998)
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471286265
Designed for both serious and amateur wine buyers, as well as apsiring culinary professionals, this lively guide demystifies every aspect of wine. It explores wines, country-by-country, and provides excellent coverage on pairing food and wine, how to purchase, store, and serve wine. Also includes chapters on wine management, wine list development, and wine marketing. Illustrations throughout.
Wine Companion, 1999 : Australia & New Zealand
by James Halliday
Paperback - 496 pages (November 1998)
Harpercollins Australia; ISBN: 0732258529
This is a great book. Not only is it quite up-to-date (with tasting of recent vintages), it also covers the majority of the good-to excellent producers. It's written in a 'Parker'-style with many details of the individual wineries - and several of their different bottlings. A (vague) complaint is the absence of general vintage charts. Anyway... definitely recommendable !
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