Monday, July 16, 2012

#75: He Said Beer. She Said Wine - Sam Calagione & Marnie Old

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He Said Beer, She Said Wine is the first fully illustrated book on the market to give in-depth instruction on how to successfully pair both beer and wine with a wide variety of foods. Co-authored by Marnie Old, an esteemed sommelier, and Sam Calagione, owner of the renowned craft brewery DogFishHead He Said Beer, She Said Wine teaches you everything you need to know to get the best out of your beverages, with food or without. Each author divulges the secrets of their respective trades, using clear, easy-to-understand language-and, of course, a little good-natured banter to keep things lively. The book is full of fantastic tips and tricks, specific beer and wine recommendations, and interactive elements to help you identify your preferences along the way. So, from cheese to dessert, you'll always know what drinks to serve for sublime flavor combinations.
Never ones to skimp on a bit of fun, Marnie and Sam also show you how to host your own at-home version of their sold-out He Said Beer, She Said Wine tasting events, where diners taste one beer and one wine selection with each dish, and then vote on their preferred pairing. He Said Beer, She Said Wine gives you easy-to-prepare dishes, complete with step-by-step recipes and sumptuous beverage selections.
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (June 15, 2009)
  • ISBN: 9780756654498
  • Amazon.ca
  • DK Canada
My Opinion:
I have a new favorite book in the food department!
This is a great book to know what pairings accompany the meal you eat. Or at least you get a great idea of the flavors you would match best, and can choose your own kind based on those tastes.
We decided to do the Pepperoni Pizza and Booze night.
It called for a different Merlot, and a different beer, but we found the closest match based on body, flavor, etc.... only because the store didn't have the exact ones.
It was a hit too!
They say you need a fruitier wine and sweeter brown ale to pair up with Pepperoni pizza. They are correct! It was a perfect compliment of each other. I drank the wine, though I did taste the beer which was good, and I felt the wine brought out the flavor of the pizza, between the tomato sauce and mild spice of the pepperoni, it was a perfect combination.
I aim to try more pairings in this book too. Just need to pace myself... don't want to become a drunk!  (^_^)

5/5

Recommend? Yes.

DISCLAIMER: I received a copy for review. I was not compensated for my opinion or this post.

4 comments:

  1. I totally need to pick up this book. Just like the title, my husband (and his friends) are beer drinkers, I prefer wine.

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  2. Nice! I don't drink all that often, but this seems like it would be a handy reference when I want to seem more knowledgable than I am.

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  3. This sounds interesting. I am familiar with wine to a certain extent. I had a boss once that was the curator of a large wine society.
    Barefoot Merlot is a nice wine. I know what I like but am not knowledgeable in what to choose for certain meals. I would like to give the book a try. A pepperoni pizza night, plus drinks, with my hubby sounds like a good time to me.

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  4. would be a fun book of pairings

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