Simple Wine Pairings with Seasonal Menus
By Frank McClelland, Christie Matheson
American wine consumption is on the rise, and interest in learning how to pair wines with food is at an all-time high. What better way to learn the basics than by pairing expertly recommended wines with delectable dishes from one of the nation’s most highly acclaimed restaurateurs? Wine Mondays, by Frank McClelland and Christie Matheson, features 130 recipes—including Porcini Ravioli with Pea Pesto, Pan-Roasted Black Bass with Shrimp Flan and Stir-Fried Shiitakes, Warm Leeks with Goat Cheese and Spring Herb Vinaigrette, and Chocolate Hazelnut Tortes—organized into four-course pairing menus by season, with accompanying wine notes and suggestions. All of the recipes come from the popular Wine Mondays program at McClelland’s Boston restaurant L’Espalier—a weekly event created to make food and wine pairing accessible, fun, and affordable. Likewise, the information in Wine Mondays is informative without being overwhelming, and two beautiful full-color photo inserts show that these delicious meals look as good as they taste.
A thorough introduction welcomes budding wine connoisseurs to the rewarding art of pairing great wine with the perfect food and also offers many of McClelland’s cooking tips, which have helped L’Espalier earn its well-deserved reputation for delicious and inviting cuisine. Since the menus are organized by season, a perfect combination can be found for any time of year. McClelland and Matheson emphasize the importance of individual taste and preference while also encouraging readers to be adventurous and try something new. Their only hard-and-fast rule: Drink what you like, and enjoy it!
“A simple, straightforward guide to food and wine pairing. Filled with delicious recipes and the appropriate wines to match, this is a must-have guide for both experts and novices in the field of food and wine pairing. Kudos to Chef McClelland and his team for a job well done!”
—Ralph Hersom, wine director for the winemaker Wine That Loves and former wine director of the restaurant Le Cirque 2000
“Truly delightful! Wine Mondays, with its refreshingly simplified approach to food and wine pairing, is a fantastic opportunity for enthusiasts to explore at home what so many have enjoyed at L’Espalier. This book is perfect for the home cook who loves to entertain!”
—Chef Charlie Trotter
“In addition to the beautifully conceived pairings of food and wine that are the focus of this book, Frank has bestowed upon us fantastic recipes that will stand on their own.”
—Jasper White, chef and proprietor, Summer Shack restaurants, and author of Jasper White’s Cooking from New England, 50 Chowders,and The Summer Shack Cookbook
“How wonderful that [Frank McClelland] has written a book that so perfectly captures his philosophy on food and wine as well as his creativity and passion.”
—Barbara Lynch, chef and owner of the restaurants No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, and The Butcher Shop