The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wine Basics, 2nd Edition

Author: Tara Q. Thomas

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101022078

Category: Cooking

Page: 416

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From grape lover to grape aficionado. The possibilities of learning about and buying wine have expanded and so has The Complete Idiots Guide® to Wine Basics with a new edition. Here, readers can get their hands on new information such as ordering hard-to-find wine online, discussing the newest and most popular labels and vintages, and understanding the biggest trend in wine today - environmentally conscious wines and winemaking. Readers will find: ?Essentials about the winemaking process, key terms, tips for tasting, and buying advice ?Organic, biodynamic and natural winemaking ?Winemaking in states other than California, Oregon, and Washington ?Regions gaining popularity, such as South Africa, Eastern Europe, and Portugal

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting and Running a Winery

Author: Thomas Pellechia

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440653488

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

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Making the dream a reality? For many people, owning and running a winery is a dream job. According to Wine Business Monthly, the number of wineries in the U.S. has jumped 26% in less than three years. To carry out this dream, one must understand that wine making involves both science and art. Starting a winery is just like starting any other business and requires planning and a deep understanding of the industry. In The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Starting and Running a Winery, readers will learn: ?How to put together a business plan ?Different varieties of grapes and wines ?How to lay out a floor plan and what equipment is needed ?How to promote wines

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wine and Food Pairing

Author: Jaclyn Stuart,Jeanette Hurt

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110119796X

Category: Cooking

Page: 256

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A delectable guide that's in good taste. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Wine & Food Pairing will help readers find the perfect pairings beyond the truism of red going with red and white going with white, noting the similarities and differences in intensity, acidity, and sweetness of the wines in relation to the tastes of the cuisine. ?Includes a glossary, a master pairings list for more than 100 foods and wines, wine menus for special dinners, and wine and food resources ?Breaks down white, red, sparkling, and dessert wines into flavor profiles for pairing ?Matches wines with international cuisine

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wine Basics

Author: Tara Thomas

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781592577866

Category: Cooking

Page: 386

View: 6950

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From grape lover to grape aficionado. The possibilities of learning about and buying wine have expanded and so has The Complete IdiotÂ's Guide® to Wine Basics with a new edition. Here, readers can get their hands on new information such as ordering hard-tofind wine online, discussing the newest and most popular labels and vintages, and understanding the biggest trend in wine today—environmentally conscious wines and winemaking. Readers will find: •Essentials about the winemaking process, key terms, tips for tasting, and buying advice •Organic, biodynamic and natural winemaking •Winemaking in states other than California, Oregon, and Washington •Regions gaining popularity, such as South Africa, Eastern Europe, and Portugal

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Bartending, 2nd Edition

Author: Amy Zavatto

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101444029

Category: Cooking

Page: 416

View: 5412

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Mix, make, shake, and stir like a pro! Whether tending bar or entertaining at home, experienced bartenders or novices will find The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Bartending, Second Edition, serves up everything drink makers need to know to create great tasting beverages and cocktails. This updated edition includes: ?One hundred brand-new recipes and the latest techniques ?A brand-new section on creating specialty and theme cocktails for weddings and parties ?New recipes for making mixers, bitters, and more

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cheeses of the World

Author: Jeanette Hurt,Steve Ehlers

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440636184

Category: Cooking

Page: 336

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Any way you cut it, cheese has global appeal. Cheese is one of the most varied and flavorful foods in the world. Its unique appeal lies in its range of textures, aromas, flavors, means of production, and milk sources. With this guide, readers will discover everything they need to know about European and American cheeses, including the growth of artisan cheeses, how to shop for cheese, combining cheese with food and drink, cooking cheese, and making cheese. * Over the past two decades, the quality, availability and popularity of artisan cheeses has grown * Cheese consumption has increased from 11.3 to 31.2 pounds per person over the last 30 years * 1?3 of the supermarkets offer full-service cheese counters with up to 300 varieties

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tapas

Author: Jeanette Hurt

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440653569

Category: Cooking

Page: 208

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"I feel like tapas tonight!" With The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Tapas, readers can bring the style and sophistication of these savory Spanish appetizers into their at-home dining and entertaining. Cooking expert Jeanette Hurt presents 75 delectable tapas recipes and includes suggestions for the most delicious combinations. Enhanced by full-color photographs, this guide will add flavor and flair to any home-cooked presentation for family or friends. *Serving tapas is the next big thing in entertaining *Includes step-by-step information, from finding local ingredients to learning proper preparation and presentation techniques *Full-color photographs show readers how to prepare and present like a proShow More Show Less

The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Wine

Author: Tara Q. Thomas

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440696586

Category: Cooking

Page: 208

View: 8893

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Everything you need to know about wine, to go. With separate chapters for the best whites and reds and special advice on bubbly wines, dessert wines, and more, Tara Q. Thomas provides a perfect quick reference book for pocket or purse. Most importantly, Thomas brings her fresh, approachable tone to this book, making beginners feel welcome with straight, unsnobbish talk about wine, including the basics of labels, how to taste, recommended wines, bargains, price ranges, and more for chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot grigio, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, and syrah. -The U.S. is the third largest wine-consuming nation in the world and is projected to be number one by the end of this decade -Author is a wine expert with contacts at all levels throughout the wine world -Wine books sell well -A new and fresh approach: not too stuffy, snobby, arrogant, or overbearing

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wine

Author: Philip Seldon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780028612737

Category: Wine and wine making

Page: 352

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From evaluating wines and wineries to reading and understanding wine labels, this friendly guide is ideal for anyone wishing to avoid the humiliation of ordering the "wrong" wine. Also features quick tips on pairing food and wine, and opening and storing wine.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cigars, 2nd Edition

Buying and Smoking Tips to Know Before You Light Up

Author: Tad Gage

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101198575

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 8560

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For millions of men and women, it's the ultimate pleasure... From private parties to hip bars to posh gentlemen's clubs, cigar smoking has become an eight billion dollar global pastime. But, like wine, a fine cigar requires dedicated study and tasting. Here is the only comprehensive book on the subject, featuring all the information that novice and veteran cigar aficionados need. --New handy 6 X 9 format --Completely updated with the latest brands, product lines, and accessories --Features web-related cost-cutting tips --Step-by-step instructions for getting the most out of a cigar

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning French

Author: Gail Stein

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1429526467

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 480

View: 8501

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You're no idiot, of course. You appreciate wine and brie, can pronounce "croissant," and know that "bonjour" means hello. But when it comes to actually learning the language, you feel stranded on the Eiffel Tower with no way down. Dont strap on your parachute just yet! The Complete Idiots Guide to Learning French, Second Edition makes mastering French fun and entertaining--instead of bogging you down with verb tenses and vocabulary lists. Youll feel confident about "parlaying" your new proficiency into conversations with native speakers.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting A Restaurant, 2nd Edition

Author: Howard Cannon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440625883

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

View: 4526

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The recipe for a successful restaurant, now revised! In this revised edition, aspiring restaurateurs will find everything they need to know to open a successful restaurant, including choosing a concept and location, creating a business plan, finding the cash, and much more. New content includes information on tips, tip-outs, and reporting for the entire staff, choosing the best POS system, setting up a bar and managing the wine list, and making the bottom line look good long-term. -Restaurants are a high-risk venture, but starting a bar or restaurant is still one of the most popular new business ventures (Cornell Univ/Mich State) -Overall industry sales are projected to hit $476 billion for 2005, a 4.9% increase -The industry employs a workforce of 12.2 million in more than 900,000 restaurants nationwide (National Restaurant Assn.)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Italian History and Culture

Author: Gabrielle Euvino

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 144065056X

Category: History

Page: 408

View: 3139

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You're no idiot, of course. You know there's more to Italy's rich tapestry than spaghetti and the Sicilian Mafia, but you also know you have a lot to learn about the country that brought you the paintings of Michelangelo, the poetry of Dante, and the Ferrari of your dreams. Get ready to indulge! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Italian History and Culture' will satisfy your thirst for all things Italian with its in-depth information about Italian art and literature, wine and cooking, and famous Italians and Italian Americans. In this 'Complete Idiot's Guide', you get: -Secrets of Italian cooking sure to whet your appetite! -The Italian-American connection, from pizza to the Mafia to soccer. -A comprehensive look at the centuries-long struggle to unify Italy. -The power and glory of the Renaissance.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Smoothies

Author: Ellen Brown

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440625832

Category: Cooking

Page: 256

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From old flavours to new combinations, these 150 recipes include such fantastic fruit flavors as Purely Peach and Coconut Mango. Readers will learn everything they need to know to whip up fruit, dairy, non-dairy, sweet, and even alcoholic smoothies. Includes 150 delicious recipes. Contains easy-to-make recipes for low-carb, non-dairy, low-fat and dessert smoothies.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beer Tasting

Author: Rita Kohn

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1615643524

Category: Cooking

Page: 304

View: 4267

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beer Tasting will provide readers with a comprehensive introduction to understanding and enjoying the vast styles and complex characteristics of beer. Understanding and enjoying beer is no longer a simple process, as beer has gone from a world of relatively small offerings from major brewers to a universe of literally hundreds of unique styles from craft brewers around the world. Like wine, the taste and subtle characteristics of beer can be affected by a number of different components including the brewing style, the yeasts and hops that determine taste and character, how the various grains are used in brewing, and more. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beer Tasting is not a guide to brewing, it's a guide to tasting, understanding, and enjoying what has become a complex and often confusing process of enjoying one of the world's oldest beverages. Readers will learn the brewing process and how it can affect a beer, how to recognize tasting notes and aromas, how to identify unique styles, how to taste and enjoy them properly; even how to select the right glassware and serving temperature for maximum enjoyment.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dehydrating Foods

Author: Jeanette Hurt

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1615643761

Category: Cooking

Page: 288

View: 4012

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The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Dehydrating Foods is a comprehensive introduction to the process of food dehydrating. Commercial dehydrators were once too expensive for the typical home, but they've become much more popular in recent years as people have discovered the value and versatility of drying foods at home for snacks such as dried fruits and vegetables, trail mix, jerkies, fruit leathers, and more, all at a fraction of the cost were they to buy commercially-dried foods. Today, people are using their home dehydrators for drying and preserving all types of foods, from fruits and vegetables, to herbs, and even drying flowers for crafts. The authors will take readers through the process, step by step, showing them how to buy the right dehydrator for their kitchen, how to use it properly so their yield and savings are maximized, and even how they can dry foods using less conventional methods, such as a solar dryer or even their conventional oven. Readers will benefit from more than 80 recipes that will enable them to preserve and create wonderful foods that will save them time,money, and bring a entirely new offering of tastes to their kitchen.

The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Choosing Wine

Author: Philip Seldon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780028620169

Category: Cooking

Page: 201

View: 574

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How does one know a good wine year from a bad year? A reputable region from a run-of-the-mill source? A dry wine from a sweet wine? This handy pocket guide explains in easy terms how to make that difficult selection, which can save time, money and possible embarrassment at a dinner party. Cartoon art.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cooking Substitutions

Author: Ellen Brown

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440636206

Category: Cooking

Page: 208

View: 5928

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Accept all substitutions! In anyone's kitchen-from that of a chef to an amateur cook-there comes a time when an essential ingredient is missing, or perhaps a substitution is needed for a special dietary requirement. That's where this book comes in handy, offering replacements for everything from milk, flour, and eggs to seasonings, sweeteners, and wine, as well as handy conversions for weights and measures used in antiquated family recipes. * Includes vegetarian and vegan substitutions for meat-free dishes * Kitchen-friendly with wipe-clean paper over-board cover * Easy-to-use dictionary-style format * Low-fat and trans-fat substitutions

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Italian History and Culture

Author: Gabrielle Ann Ann Euvino

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440614474

Category: History

Page: 408

View: 4205

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You’re no idiot, of course. You know there’s more to Italy’s rich tapestry than spaghetti and the Sicilian Mafia, but you also know you have a lot to learn about the country that brought you the paintings of Michelangelo, the poetry of Dante, and the Ferrari of your dreams. Get ready to indulge! The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Italian History and Culture will satisfy your thirst for all things Italian with its in-depth information about Italian art and literature, wine and cooking, and famous Italians and Italian Americans. In this Complete Idiot’s Guide®, you get: Secrets of Italian cooking sure to whet your appetite! The Italian-American connection, from pizza to the Mafia to soccer. A comprehensive look at the centuries-long struggle to unify Italy. The power and glory of the Renaissance.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to a Healthy Relationship

Author: Judith Kuriansky

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780028642062

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 400

View: 3865

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Reveals secrets for maintaining a good relationship, with tips on keeping the passion alive, coping with barriers, recognizing a bad relationship, and knowing when to call it quits