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Cocktails at Dinner

by Michael Turback Julia Hastings-Black

Cocktails at Dinner is equal parts cookbook and bar book. It explores a fascinating edge of the culinary frontier--food and cocktail pairings--with an imaginative collection of companionable recipes.As mixologists strive to catch up in culinary creativity with their counterparts in restaurant kitchens, collaboration has become a natural progression. Seriously interesting, ingredient-driven cocktails, concocted with top-shelf liquors, fresh seasonal fruits, flavored bitters, and other artisanal components, have begun to reflect a restaurant's artful cuisine. First-rate food and mixed drinks--judiciously and harmoniously paired--become something more than the sum of the parts. The kitchen flows seamlessly into the bar, as cocktails take on a fresh, farm-to-glass aesthetic, and when paired with inspired dishes, the unions beget never-before-imagined taste sensations.Cocktails at Dinner serves as a vital introduction to these "new wave" combinations, bridging the gap between the upscale restaurant and the home kitchen and bar, for creative dinner parties and special occasions and for curious cooks and bartenders at all levels. It is meant to showcase a range of innovative and original yet accessible recipes from a diversity of cuisines that open the door to new possibilities in dining and entertaining. Michael Turback and Julia Hastings-Black have recruited working chefs and bartenders from forty-four progressive restaurants with innovative cocktail programs--each contributing the recipe for a cocktail paired with the recipe for a compatible small plate, main plate, or dessert. The process or methodology by which chef and bartender work in consort and their joint efforts to stretch palate perspectives are explored in lively headnotes, guiding the reader along the sensorial journey. Immensely readable, Cocktails at Dinner is an essential guide for everyone who loves food and drink.

Greetings from the Finger Lakes

by Michael Turback

The Finger Lakes area of upstate New York is America's largest wine region outside of California. The steep, rocky hillsides rising up from deep, glacier-sculpted lakes provide protection from weather extremes, allowing area wineries to produce up to 85 million bottles of wine each year. In GREETINGS FROM THE FINGER LAKES, local restaurateur Michael Turback profiles the best wineries, restaurants, farms, and markets surrounding the five largest lakes, and includes interviews with the proprietors, tasting notes, and even a few treasured local recipes. Featuring contact information for each location as well as photographs of the region's picturesque landscapes, GREETINGS FROM THE FINGER LAKES is the food and wine lover's companion to this up-and-coming culinary hot spot.A food and wine guide to the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, featuring profiles, tasting notes, contact information, and recipes from the area's wineries, dairies, organic farms, orchards, cafes, inns, ice cream makers, brewing companies, blueberry farms, honey producers, u-pick farms, taverns, maple syrup companies, tea rooms, cider producers, and more.Over a million tourists visit the area annually.The Finger Lakes region is New York's second-largest tourist destination, behind New York City.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hot Chocolate

by Michael Turback

No longer just a simple, syrupy sweet drink, today's hot chocolates are brimming with extraordinary flavors like cayenne, vanilla beans, Nutella, buttered rum, pistachios, wasabi, peanut butter, and malted milk balls. Featuring white chocolate foam, marshmallow cream, and frozen and fondue versions, the 60 recipes presented in Hot Chocolate are setting trends in haute chocolate consumption. Contributed by the world's preeminent chocolatiers, these luxurious concoctions range from ancient Latin American originals and European café classics to comforting childhood treats, cocktails spiked just for adults, and imaginative modern variations for the hip chocoholic of any age. With recipes from Vosges Haut-Chocolat, Serendipity 3, Citizen Cake, Fran's Chocolates, Scharffen Berger Chocolate, and many more. A cup of hot chocolate is twice as rich in antioxidants as a glass of red wine. And, some would say, is just as intoxicating.

Mocha

by Leo Gong Michael Turback

Coffee and chocolate combined have a complementary effect, which means drinking a mocha wakes you up and puts you in a good mood.High-quality chocolate, strong coffee, and a big mug--basic tools of the trade for Mocha, the sophisticated follow-up to Michael Turback's best-selling Hot Chocolate. Presented in a compact yet luxurious collection, Mocha offers nearly sixty recipes featuring the companionable ingredients of chocolate and coffee. Ranging from cozy cocoa concoctions to caffeinated couture combinations, recipes include hot drinks (the Triple Chocolate Maple Passion hails from Toronto, where they know how to heat things up); cold, refreshing classics (the Black-and-White Espresso Milkshake is almost a meal); creative cocktails (Chocolate-Espresso Martini, anyone?); and outrageous desserts (the Mocha-Java Cheesecake is the richest and smoothest cheesecake ever). Recipe contributors include notable chocolatiers, popular coffee purveyors, preeminent restaurant chefs, and a competitive cadre of coffeehouse baristas. From the Trade Paperback edition.

ReMixology

by Michael Turback Julia Hastings-Black

History tells us that once a cocktail achieved prominence at the bar, the impulse to invent variations has been irresistible. ReMixology is a celebration of time-honored cocktails, the fascinating evolution of their formulas, and the inspiration they provide today's craft bartenders. This book serves as a re-introduction to ten iconic potions, from the Manhattan to the Whiskey Sour, to the Old Fashioned to the Bloody Mary and more, and explores their progression and development in cocktail culture, and showcases a range of innovative and original, yet accessible interpretations that open the door to new possibilities in drinking and entertaining. Recipes will include: Manhattan Nouveau Bellini Savoy Champagne Cocktail Jamaican Coffee The Green Mary And More Each section will introduce a standard cocktail, offer details and insights about its genealogy, then follow with more than a dozen adaptations and variations gathered from the vintage cocktail era and from the expertise of working bartenders in progressive cocktail programs. Palate perspectives will be explored in lively headnotes, guiding the reader along the sensorial journey of 250 distinctive drinks, adapted to the home bar.

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