- Editor: Neil Beckett
- Preface:Hugh Johnson
- Publisher: Universe
- Published: 2008
- ISBN-10: 0789316838
- ISBN-13: 9780789316837
- Format: Hardcover
- Copyright: 2008
- Subject: COOKING / Beverages / Wine & Spirits
The latest entries in the series aim to entertain as well as provoke discussion and controversy. A variety of international food/wine writers contributed to both books. Becket (editor, The World of Fine Wine magazine) organizes chapters in 1001 Wines by red, white, sparkling, and fortified wines, listing entries alphabetically by producer. Both vintage and nonvintage wines are included. Advice is given on whether to drink specific wines now and how long the wines should age. The list is not of the greatest wines or of authors' favorites; instead, it includes intriguing, historical, and influential wines. All of them can be purchased, although some are rare and expensive.
In 1001 Foods, London-based food journalist Case covers a wide variety—from meats, vegetables, cheeses, and desserts to condiments and aromatics, from the everyday to the rare and exotic. Each essay includes a description of the expected taste. If necessary, the entry will inform the reader whether the item is rare or endangered. Overall, both books are fun to read, with descriptive writing and excellent photography. They are meant to be enjoyed, not necessarily read cover to cover but skimmed or read selectively. These aren't essential for public libraries, but the other books in the series are widely held.—Kimberly Bartosz, Univ. of Wisconsin at Parkside Lib., Kenosha[Page 151]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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