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The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea Even Water Based on Expert Advice from America's Best Sommeliers

by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
Photography by Michael Sofronski

(Hachette Book Group / Little, Brown / Bulfinch Press; Oct. '06;
also available as an app on iTunes)

"One of the 10 Best Food and Wine Books of 2006."
Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks (Vancouver)

"At the moment the most useful wine-with-food guide in English."
—Edward Behr, The Art of Eating

"One of the winning vintages in this year's crop of wine books."
Bill Daley, wine columnist, The Chicago Tribune

"Here's [The Modern's wine director Belinda] Chang's succinct review of WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT: 'genius.'"
Seanan Forbes, Chicago Sun-Times Blog

"The #2 best cocktail book of 2006."
Colleen Graham,

"One of the 5 Must-Have Wine Books...I can't live without."
Deb Harkness,

"One of the Best 20 Food Books of 2006."
David Leite,

"The #7 best gourmet cooking book of 2006."
Brett Moore,

"One of the 10 Cookbooks Every Bartender Should Own."
Jeffrey Morganthaler, mixology columnist

"The most exciting and comprehensive guide to wine pairing
that I have ever seen."

Eric Ripert, chef-owner, Le Bernardin

Ellen Rose on KCRW Radio's "Good Food" / NPR

"The #1 Food Book of 2006."
Cheri Sicard, editor,

"A new book that will soon be considered the bible
of food and beverage pairing."
Paul Tanguay, sake expert, SushiSamba

"One of the year's most fascinating wine books."
Fred Tasker, Miami Herald

"The most useful food and wine book of 2006."
Joanne White,

"The world's greatest book on the subject."
Robert Whitley, wine columnist, Copley News Service

At a great meal, what you drink is just as important as what you eat. This groundbreaking food and beverage pairing reference allows food lovers to learn to think like a sommelier, and to transform every meal breakfast, lunch, and dinner from ordinary to extraordinary.

Exceptional in its depth and scope with over 1500 entries WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT is based on the collective wisdom of experts at dozens of America's best restaurants, including Alinea, Babbo, Bern's, Blue Hill, Chanterelle, Daniel, Emeril's, The French Laundry, Frontera Grill, The Inn at Little Washington, Jean Georges, Masa's, The Modern, Per Se, Rubicon, Tru and Valentino.

You'll find authoritative recommendations for stocking your cellar and kitchen with must-have beverages, from wines to waters. You'll also learn what to drink with everything from French toast to Chinese food, and what to eat with everything from Pinot Noir to green tea, to create mouthwatering matches. Follow the authors' three simple "Rules to Remember" when making a match or just dive into the wide-ranging listings in chapters 5 and 6.

This "incisive, hip writing team" (Publishers Weekly) distills history, geography, science, expert technique, and original insight to create a remarkably user-friendly and engaging reference sure to become an instant classic essential to every connoisseur's bookshelf.

70 four-color photographs by Michael Sofronski

has appeared on many year-end round-ups of the best food and/or wine books of 2006 recommended for holiday giving by numerous media outlets, including:

- Akron Beacon Journal
- Arizona Republic
- Austin Chronicle
- CFUN Radio
- The Chicago Tribune
- Erie Times-News (PA)
- Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
- Hamptons magazine
- Kansas City Star
- KCRW Radio / NPR
- Louisville Courier-Journal
- Memphis Commercial Appeal
- Miami Herald
- The (Myrtle Beach, SC) Sun News
- New Orleans Times-Picayune
- Oakland Tribune
- Panache magazine
- San Francisco Chronicle
- Sunday Paper

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From the book's back cover:

"WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT is a unique recipe, combining the authors' creativity, expertise, scholarship and great love of all good food and drink. The respect and admiration that food professionals have for them gives them access to a wonderful depth of knowledge and experience that they bring to life in their work. Karen and Andrew might just be the ultimate culinary / literary pairing! "
— Daniel Boulud, chef-restaurateur and winner of the 2003 James Beard Outstanding Wine Service Award, and the 2006 Outstanding Restaurateur Award

"You can't do better than to follow Karen and Andrew's advice!"
— Loraine and Peter Boyle, journalist and actor

"Dining will never be dull for non-drinkers again!  Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg may have created their best book ever, chronicling in an enlightening and inspirational fashion the most mouth-watering marriages between non-alcoholic beverages and the foods we love to eat. Who else would have thought to serve sparkling water with a splash of melon puree (instead of Champagne) with prosciutto? I'll also definitely be using WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT as my bible for entertaining my friends who drink.  And though I'm a relative, Michael Sofronski's photographs are unique and exciting — some of the very best food photography I've ever seen.”
Susan Dey, actress

"This book teaches you the principles of understanding how to find the perfect match for any meal. Whether you're drinking Champagne or beer, sake or port, this book makes finding the perfect match easy and fun."
— Roger Dagorn, master sommelier, and David Waltuck, chef-owner of Chanterelle (NYC), winner of the 1996 James Beard Outstanding Wine Service Award and the 2004 Outstanding Restaurant Award

"What a great idea! WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT is enormously educational and entertaining, and should fit with anyone's lifestyle!"
— Robert Mondavi, winemaker and winner of the 1991 James Beard Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award

"Andrew and Karen have created the most exciting and comprehensive guide to wine pairing that I have ever seen....You will be using it constantly to fulfill your own curiosity and to throw the best parties."
— Eric Ripert, chef-owner of Le Bernardin (NYC) and winner of the 2003 James Beard Outstanding Chef Award

"What a brilliant idea for a book! For someone who entertains as much as I do, this is exactly the book I need."
Deborah Szekely, founder, Rancho La Puerta and Golden Door spas

What others are saying and writing:'s Holiday Gift Guide. Gift Ideas for Cooks and Gourmands: WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. [1 of 14 recommended books] (Holidays 2006)'s Holiday Gift Guide. Gift Ideas for Sophisticated Friends: WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. "Surprise and delight your sophisticated friends with an elegant, upscale gift from this collection [of only 12 books], designed to appeal to cultured connoisseurs with a taste for the finer things in life." (Holidays 2006)

"Dornenburg and Page, authors of BECOMING A CHEF and CULINARY ARTISTRY, demystify the challenge of food and beverage pairing in this exhaustive, accessible resource. Believing that the best matches create peak experiences, the authors consult with the world's most discriminating palates, who see food and drink as inseparable. With stories from such noted chefs as Daniel Boulud, Traci Des Jardins and Patrick O'Connell and a host of top sommeliers, this comprehensive collection provides a wealth of guidelines for pairings, not only by specific food, but by food type, time of day, characteristics, season and personal mood. From fast food to ethnic cuisine, they include unlikely entries such as Kentucky Fried Chicken (Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer), oxtails (Barolo), moussaka (Retsina, Rioja), potato chips (beer, champagne) and saag paneer (Pinot Gris). While focusing primarily on wine, the authors include matches for a variety of other beverages, including tea, water, coffee, beer and spirits, and offer the pairings in reverse what to serve if you've already selected your beverage. This encyclopedic collection is highly recommended for those who give serious thought to the flavor of each dish."
Publishers Weekly

"Any good cook knows that the choice of wine (or beer!) can make or break the meal. Nothing could be more disappointing to a cook than having your efforts fall flat because of a misstep when it comes to pairing drink with food. In compiling the wisdom of wine and beverage experts, Karen and Andrew have done an amazing service for all lovers of good food."
José Andrés, chef-restaurateur and winner of the 2003 James Beard Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic Award

"...WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT, a new book from husband-and-wife team Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. They are the award-winning authors of Becoming a Chef and Culinary Artistry. Food pros and amateurs alike love their books, which are often a cross between textbook and reference work."
Faith Bahadurian, Princeton Packet

"Since penning the modern foodie classic CULINARY ARTISTRY — the first-ever book on the subject of flavour affinities — these award-winning writers have chosen to push their breadth of knowledge even further by entering the complex world of food and beverage pairing. In their new book, WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT, Dornenburg and Page examine how wine, beer, spirits, coffee, and tea pair with every cuisine, dish, and ingredient imaginable."
Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks, Vancouver

"What a terrific book.  You're at the top of your game."
Dan Barber, Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, NY)

"Wine Professional Reading: You are only as good as your library. These are must have books for wine professionals (sommeliers, retailers, distributors). If you are looking to advance in the MS, WSET or SWE programs you need to have and use these....WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT. This is an incredibly useful tool for matching food with wine. The theory is very good and the resources they consulted are outstanding. It's a fun read too."
Scott Barber, wine professional (Dallas, TX)

"The interaction between wine and food is often fascinating, and when the two fall neatly into place together there's no greater enjoyment at the table....In WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT, a guide overlooked in these pages when it appeared last year, Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page have gathered the beverage views of more than 70 US (sic) experts....Usual wine-with-food guides reflect the point of view of a single person, the author, but it's an intriguing notion to find out where the ideas of so many experts intersect....The alphabetical lists make this at the moment the most useful wine-with-food guide in English."
Edward Behr, The Art of Eating (Spring 2008)

"WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT was recommmended to me by [cookbook author] Laurie Burrows Grad as one of the great Christmas food books of the year....It's an incredibly, incredibly useful book!"
Lisa Birnbach, radio host, "The Lisa Birnbach Show"

"WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT is set up in the team's usual way, featuring anecdotes, interviews, quotes from an extensive panel of experts, great art and, most important, incredibly practical information in an easy-to-use format. Their research is exhaustive and their books are comprehensive, which is why, if you're looking to find out you know what to drink with what you eat (or what to eat with what you drink, a different section), this would be the obvious place to start (and probably end)."
— Betsy Block of on

“Wine 101: Some late ideas for wine gifts. WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. Hands down the best food and wine-pairing book I have ever seen. The first half lists different foods and suggests wines and drinks to pair it with. The second half lists a multitude of wine varietals and which foods go with them."
Russ Briley, Ventura County Star (December 20, 2009)

"WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT: Like no one else, [Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page] manage to make this most daunting of topics both fun and enlightening. We thank them for all they have done to promote our colleagues and educate the public over the years."
— Scott Calvert, former sommelier of the Inn at Little Washington (Virginia) and host of

"Two of wine consultant Lesley Cowan’s favorite resources for choosing food and wine pairings are the books Exploring Wine, which is assembled by leading wine educators at the Culinary Institute of America, Steven Kolpan, Brian H. Smith, and Michael A. Weiss, and WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page."
(September 7, 2010)

"[WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT] truly is the new bible of beverage and food pairings."
— Kathy Casey, Kathy Casey Food Studios (Seattle)

"A very fine book."
— Tom Ciocco, Italian wine expert, Wine Library

"...Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, authors of several volumes that transcend the 'cookbooks' label....With this useful, rigorously researched book, Dornenburg and Page have more thoroughly and efficiently linked the food and drink categories than has any other volume you’re likely to find on the shelf."
— Paul Clarke, The Cocktail Chronicles

"There are several useful guidelines in food and wine matching that you may want to consider. The whole point is to make both the food and the wine enhance one another, so the experience is even more pleasurable. It should be a happy marriage, where both compliment and neither party is too over-powering....There are some good books on food and wine matching, like WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT where these guidelines are explained more in-depth, along with several others. Given that you might be eating and drinking for a few more years, it’s probably worth buying."
James Cluer, Master of Wine, Vancouver Sun (March 1, 2012)

"Joni Evans, wOw CEO: What’s the perfect book for a weekend houseguest to bring to her host? Roxanne Cody, owner of R.J. Julia: One great house gift is a couple of books in the wonderful Penguin Great Ideas series. I often pick two and tie a ribbon around them. My favorites are On the Shortness of Life by Seneca and Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations. Or WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT." (7/31/2008)

"WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT [is] a great, great book....A great resource...A must-have....A super read."
Mike Colameco, "Food Talk," WOR Radio

"IMAGINE having the perfect wine for every dish on the takeout menu from your favorite Chinese seafood restaurant. The very notion seems farfetched. Those menus usually list dozens of items running the gamut from heat to savory, sweet to sour. Where do you start? I'd recommend you start by picking up the latest book from food writers Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT (Bulfinch Press, $35) and turn to the page in the fifth chapter on Chinese food, where you'll find 20 well-reasoned suggestions, as well as a handful to avoid. Most of them will make the meal better. A few might be ideal. And one might create that perfect synergy between food and drink that can make even eating out of a box a memorable dining experience. Pairing wine with food has always been more of an art than a science. Even though hundreds of thousands of words annually are devoted to the topic in books, newspapers, magazines and blogs, it's nearly impossible to apply hard and fast rules. And really, how could you? The perfect pairing is almost always inexpressible, a heady mix of the sensual and the unexpected. When it happens, words fail; you're left speechless, simply marveling at your own mouth. So a book that seeks to demystify this most wondrous of mysteries seems about as useful as a book on how to look at a painting, or a book on how to read a book. But that is exactly what the husband-wife team Dornenburg and Page have done with WHAT TO DRINK, subtitled 'The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea Even Water Based on Expert Advice from America's Best Sommeliers.' Thanks to Dornenburg's experience as a chef and the pair's seemingly insatiable appetites and exhaustive taxonomic energies, the authors have shed new light on the art of pairing, ensuring even the novice wine drinker and eater a book's worth of peak experiences. Dornenburg and Page are best known for their book BECOMING A CHEF, a kind of experiential guidebook: life lessons by way of the toque. But the new book builds on their more recent CULINARY ARTISTRY, to which a number of the country's most famous chefs contributed their expertise on complementary foods. At the heart of that book is an index of ingredients and their most reliable and delicious accompaniments. This approach, supplemented by chef's suggestions and recipes, allows readers to reference time-honored flavor combinations with flashcard quickness....Clearly Dornenburg's experience as a chef plays into this. If anyone can articulate the flavor nuances between a Kumamoto and a Wellfleet oyster, or for that matter between a skirt steak and a rib eye, it's a chef. When the authors delve into their topic on this level of detail, the results can be thrilling. In fact the cheese guide, with more than 100 different cheeses and their accompanying wines, may alone be worth the price of the book...[F]ew books of its kind are more enjoyable. The final chapter invites sommeliers to select their 'desert island' wines, and the results are a wonderful. Indeed, if your island retreat comes equipped with a good refrigerator, a Wolf stove and a set of Calphalon, make sure you pack WHAT TO DRINK too, and you'll happily live out your days."
Patrick Comiskey, Los Angeles Times (February 21, 2007)

"Thirsty? You will be. These days, we find ourselves inundated with books on wine buying, tasting, collecting, pairing with food. In an entirely different category, though, is the new WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT (Bulfinch Press, $35). Tapping a varied assortment of sommeliers, chefs, restaurateurs and other connoisseurs, authors Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page offer a multifaceted guide to pairing food with wine, beer, spirits, fruit juices, tea, water and other bevvies. They delve into the subject from all angles, from the philosophical to the practical. The book packs in an enormous amount of user-friendly information....."
— Amy Culbertson, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

"The eternal question What wine should I serve with this? is taken to new levels with the latest book from Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg...."
— Rebekah Denn, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"...Hugh Johnson says about food and wine pairing: 'Remarkably little ink has been spilt on this byway of knowledge.'  It looks like he'll now have to change his intro! Your book is really great.  My only beef is that it doesn't have an index, which may have been cut out due to weight, time or the fact that it isn't absolutely necessary in an 80% alphabetically arranged book. A small quibble since I've been referring to it daily since I got it last month."

"Holiday gift guide 2011: For the oenophile: Forged in the crucibles of the West Coast wine industry, sommelier and event planner Leslee Miller recently returned to her native Midwest to launch Amusée, a wine consulting and events firm. Check out her plum wish list, filled with ideas for the foodies and winos on every shopping list...2. WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. The definitive guide to pairing food with wine, beer, spirits and even coffee and tea, this 2006 book is the staple of any bon vivant's library. 'I give it a zillion times a year as a gift people go crazy for it!' says Miller. (available at Cooks of Crocus Hill, $35)."
Christy DeSmith, (November 25, 2011)

"Food and Wine Pairing. This, to me, is one of the least 'figured-out' wine subjects....The best book on food and wine pairing is WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page."
— Jack Everitt,

"WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT: A Pairing Goldmine. The hottest new food and beverage guide...One of the greatest pairings in the book are the authors, Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. The duo, who have captured the fantasy of readers with their previous award winning compilations, have outdone themselves with their latest work. Every restaurateur in the country should send the couple a thank you note for their insight on a territory less traveled. WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT is more than a must-read bible of beverage and food. If studied and used wisely by the restaurant's staff, the book will become a profit center increasing beverage sales cross the menu...Dornenburg and Page have done more for the restaurant business than the beverage business will ever know."
— John Foley, The Restaurant Blog on

"One Foodie's Wish List: WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page."
Molly Folse, Birmingham Weekly

"The most comprehensive guide to matching food and drink ever compiled is offered by the James Beard Award-winning author team of Dornenburg and Page, with practical advice from the best wine stewards and chefs in America." Book Club

"WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT (Bulfinch, $35) by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg....It's a groundbreaking work from a team who consulted top restaurants (French Laundry, Babbo, The Inn at Little Washington, Boulud and Masa's among them) to put together a guide so helpful we'll all wonder how we got along without it."
Pat Fusco, Pacific Sun

"WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU a new comprehensive volume on food and wine matching written by a young married couple who have achieved well-deserved notoriety for their previous books (Becoming a Chef, Dining Out, The New American Chef, Culinary Artistry)....The book is a treasure trove of pairing information written in an upbeat and entertaining style"
Rusty Gaffney, MD,


"WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page...Buy this book, put it on your bookshelf, and let it serve you for the next 25 years...Every angle's been covered....The best 'no B.S.' book on food and wine pairing ever...Very well done...You guys are so smart...We love the book!"
Tony Gismondi and Kasey Wilson, co-hosts, "The Best of Food and Wine," CFUN Radio (Vancouver)

"The #2 Cocktail Book of 2006....If you enjoy a good drink with your meals but always wondered if your two choices were a good match, then this is the book for you. Beyond the average pairing guide that is concerned with gourmet dishes and high-dollar wines, this one steps into real life. Domino's Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald's Big Mac are listed right alongside lobster bisque, swordfish and truffles. This is the ultimate real world food and drink pairing guide and the expert advise is priceless."
— Colleen Graham,

"Top 5 Books for Wine Lovers: Wine can be an intimidating subject for many people. With so many wines, varietals, vintages, and regions, it can be hard to know where to start...Here are five books I think every wine lover would enjoy and learn a lot from. Combined with liberal tasting, these books should relieve any fears and answer most of your questions...WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page.
The mania for 'matching' food and wine is, too often, another reason to be nervous about wine, like you might kill someone if you make a poor choice. This book is refreshingly straightforward yet erudite and inclusive, and it makes suggestions that include beer, spirits, coffee, tea, and even water. There are two basic sections: One is alphabetical by beverage type with pairing foods listed; the other is alphabetical by food type or ingredient with pairing beverages listed. Sprinkled throughout are the thoughts of sommeliers, chefs, and restaurant and wine professionals that add insight to the very direct format of the book."
Warren Gregory, Minneapolis City Pages (October 24, 2011)

"Not sure what to serve? Pick up Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page's WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT. I generally find wine books to be a handy alternative to sleeping pills, but this book is wonderfully pragmatic. It's a reference manual for pairing food and beverages of all kinds, from wine and beer to spirits and even tea."

"So you'd like to become an expert at food pairing....Food pairing seems to be the new buzz in wine circles. Wine is, after all, a fashion business....Some Books to Get You Going: The latest is WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT. Andy and Kazza (sic) know their stuff, but for this effort they've pulled in the heavies: no less than seventy sommeliers. That's enough for a new pairing guru every day for the next ten weeks! Then after a week at the fat farm you can start all over again....A well-stocked wine bookshelf and plenty of cookbooks will see you through, but I suggest you buy WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT."
"The first book to suggest food and beverage pairings for almost every kind of commonly-eaten food in America — from haute cuisine to casual food to snack food — Dornenburg and Page provide a wealth of information.....The information put together by the authors is unique — it’s like having a home sommelier. Every food- and wine-lover will want a copy."

"We sifted through the overflow of great titles and pulled out our personal favorites, books we think you want to know about. WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT By Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page (Bulfinch, $35). The one book that every lover of food needs to keep close to the kitchen." The Oakland Tribune, Tri-Valley Herald, San Mateo County Times, The Argus, Daily Review, and Alameda Times-Star

"Andrew Dornenberg and Karen Page.  WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT.   The James Beard Award-winning team behind Culinary Artistry and Becoming a Chef has created a comprehensive guide to  food and beverage pairing that covers an astonishing array of situations.  Zinfandel with chili; sherry with smoked trout; apple cider with oysters. Color  throughout. $35.00."
Kitchen Arts & Letters newsletter

"[WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT is] a fabulous new book...Truly remarkable...A terrific reference...Thank you for bringing a new dimension to what to drink with what you eat."
Carole Kotkin and Simone Diament, "Food & Wine Talk," WDNA-FM Radio (Miami) (February 26, 2007)

"As with their previous books, including Becoming a Chef, this husband-wife team has researched their subject exhaustively, consulting the chefs and sommeliers at America's top restaurants to put together the definitive pairing guide....WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT is as easy to use as a thesaurus."
, National Public Radio

"The 20 Best Food Books of 2006: For the past several weeks, we've been making lists and checking them twice in some cases, four and five times searching for what we think are the top 20 books of the year....WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page....A book destined to become a classic."
David Leite,, winner of the 2006 James Beard Award for Best Internet Food Web Site

"Avid wine drinkers and food lovers the world over all face a fairly regular question: What should we drink with this meal? While there have been many published guides on this, nearly all are dry and far too involved and reference-like for regular day to day use. Redeeming this genre of book is the recent publication of Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page's WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea Even Water Based on Expert Advice from America's Best Sommeliers. WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT delivers exactly what it promises the definitive contemporary guide to food and beverage pairings based on current 'expert' opinion and tastes from a wide cross-section of wine and food professionals and sommeliers....Informative and practical....A wonderful guide filled with excellent advice."
Joshua E. London, Washington Examiner

"Stories That Change Lives....Find out how to pick the perfect drink for any meal....What to Drink with What You Eat: Karen Page and Andrew Dorenburg offer advice on how to think like a sommelier with their new book WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT."

"A new food and drink pairing book from two of my favorite food writers. They go well beyond the standard food and wine pairing tomes to explore other beverages....[A]n easy-to-follow, practical guide that anyone who loves to eat or drink should have."

"Japanese scientists have figured out why eating seafood with red wine can leave an unpleasant aftertaste. There's something behind that frequently discredited rule that only white wine goes with fish, the researchers say....For more detailed suggestions for figuring out the terrain, there's a book by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT, which The Times recommends."
Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times (October 22, 2009)

"Cookbooks Gift Guide. WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page (Bulfinch Press, $35)....Enter Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, authors of award-winning books Becoming a Chef and Culinary Artistry. Their concept is that every food needs a beverage, so how do you find that single libation that creates synergy with your food? The answer is through exhaustive interviews with the nation's top chefs and sommeliers. After a few chapters to set up their rules for pairing and selecting, they launch into the meat of the book, two long chapters devoted to pairing food and beverage. Here's the best part: The authors recognize the fact that some of us probably most decide on a dish, then try to figure what to drink. That's the first of the main chapters, an exhaustive look, by food, of what beverage works best....The book is a wonderfully unsnobby research compendium for picking a beverage for a food or vice versa, but its highest calling is as an idea generator, perfectly fit for that little inspirational kick you need for planning your next meal."
Wes Marshall, Austin Chronicle

"Required Reading.The best operators always have the largest libraries. From time to time I will recommend some industry
books (in addition to mine, of course!) that particularly impressed me... and that I have added to my own ever-growing library. One book you must add to your professional library is WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. It is the definitive guide to pairing food with wine, beer, spirits, coffee, tea even water based on expert advice from America's best sommeliers. I find myself referring it several times a week and I'm not even running a restaurant!"
Bill Marvin, newsletter

"I'm glad to be the next one to step up to the plate and praise WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT, the newest book from Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page....[W]hat makes this book worth its weight is that it's not just an arbitrary list of what goes with what; it's the collected and categorized knowledge of many of the greatest beverage experts. I certainly can't add more praise than they're receiving during their virtual book tour. I agree with everybody else who's said it: this book will become the resource on beverage pairing, for both drinkers and those who serve them. Studded with quotes and an occassional recipe, it's quite an education."
Paul McCann,

"Q. List your three favorite cookbooks. A. WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT: One of the best pairing books out there, from food and wine to ice cream and water. Because cooking isn't just about the food, it's about the full experience at the table."
Elizabeth Mendez, wine director/owner, Vera in Chicago

"Dornenburg and Page seek out — and offer — some of the best advice on pairing food and wines we've seen. Readers should expect imaginative and unexpected match-ups: sherry and cava for main courses, Pinot Noirs for tandoori. Relaxed, fun, and to the point."
Sam Perkins, Wine Enthusiast magazine

"Five-star review: Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page have created a masterpiece of culinary work with WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT (Bulfinch Press, 2006). This book is destined to be the definitive guide to matching foods to beverages for many years to come, not only for consumers but also restaurant professionals. Anyone who calls himself a food lover must have this book....Yes, there are other books on what wine to drink with dinner, loads of them, but none with such scope and authority as this one."
— Brett Moore,

"For aspiring foodies there's finally a definitive guide to beverage and food pairings. Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, the award-winning co-authors of BECOMING A CHEF, DINING OUT, and THE NEW AMERICAN CHEF, have compiled expert advice from America's top sommeliers and other experts in WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT. Taking a holistic — almost philosophical — approach, the book offers ways to increase enjoyment of food and drink and gives practical advice like matching foods and wines by region and a list for a 'starter case' of wine to have on hand....With a user-friendly layout, helpful tables and inspiring sample menus from some of our favorite chefs, this book is the perfect addition to any kitchen library."
— Letizia Rossi,

"MARVELOUS MATCHUPS: Food and wine pairing would be a snap with 60 sommeliers acting as personal consultants. If that holiday gift proves difficult to find, pick up Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page's WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT (Bulfinch, $35). The authors interviewed the country's top food and beverage experts and compiled their experience into an easy-to-use reference that links beverages to food and vice versa."

"Drink by the Book: There are a whole crop of wine books out right now. Here is my guide to the current harvest....For the Foodie: WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT. This book is one of my favorites; it take a unique approach to pairing wines, and other beverages, with food. You can look up the wine and see what it pairs with or look up the food. Either way you slice it, this is an enthusiastic no-nonsense book that will encourage you to experiment and enjoy. And really isn't that what wine should be all about anyway?"
— Amy Sherman, KQED (San Francisco)

"'The #1 Food Book of 2006: Two of my favorite food writers have done it again with a fabulous new book that should be in the library of anyone who loves food and wine. When I think about the research that Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page put into this massive reference, my head begins to spin. The result of the James Beard award winning team's efforts is an encyclopedic reference that will help you perfectly match all your meals with the perfect beverage or vice versa. Serious oenophiles will undoubtedly pour through the pages meticulously digesting each tidbit and nugget of invaluable advice from America's top sommeliers. You can seriously advance your wine education by carefully reading this book. But even folks who are merely casually interested in wine will benefit from this book, as they can simply look up a food (arranged alphabetically) and get quick tips on what to serve with it. Not sure what you want to serve but have a great wine? No problem, another chapter matches wines with foods. In either direction, finding the perfect match is as easy as looking up a word in a dictionary...."
— Cheri Sicard,

"Congratulations! Your new book is absolutely fantastic! You have done an outstanding job of filling a need for wine drinkers everywhere. Amateurs and sommeliers alike will find themselves turning to WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT time after time for sound and understandable advice."
— Darrin Siegfried, owner, Red, White & Bubbly (Brooklyn, NY) and former president of the Sommelier Society of America

"I was Sommelier for Claude Troisgros’ restaurant CT, where Laurent Tourondel was Chef de Cuisine. He is one of the most talented people I know, is a great Chef and a terrific person, in and out of the kitchen....WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea - Even Water - by Andrew Dornenburg [and] Karen Page is going to be the gift I give to several people who have been very good all year. This is the finest, easiest to use guide to matching food with wine, as well as wine with food. Amazon has it on sale now for $29.10, and this Sommelier’s advice is to buy one for yourself, too. Santa would want it that way."
— Darrin Siegfried, writing on The New York Times' Blog "The Pour (2006)

"Pairing wine and work is a hallmark of the holidays. Whether it's the office party or the partners' annual dinner, December abounds with opportunities for wining and dining colleagues.... Given the current interest in food and wines these days, there are excellent resources to help with pairings....WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food is a wonderful guide by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, based on expert advice from America’s best sommeliers. There is a world of information right at your fingertips — use it."
Christopher Silva, (December 11, 2009)

"I wanted to thank you for writing such an amazing book...again!  WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT is definitely a must-read for food lovers and it has already come in handy here at our restaurant when planning our wine flights.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
— Josh Silverman, chef-partner, Nimbus (Bellingham, WA)

"WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT: Five-Star Review. WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT is a comprehensive reference guide for finding your food's 'true love.' With a winsome spirit and a well stacked 'advisory board' composed of the nation's top chefs and sommeliers, husband and wife team Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg offer the best consolidated food and drink pairing guide on the market."
— Stacy Slinkard,

"Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers: Even though it’s only two weeks until Christmas, if you are like me, you still have some Christmas shopping to do. If you know the person that you are shopping for is a wine lover or at least has an interest in wine, here’s a list that I hope will help you figure out what to buy for them. Or maybe it will even give you an idea of something to put on your own wish list....Wine books: For those interested in wine and food, WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, my pick as 'Most Useful Wine Book of 2009.'"
John K. Sosnowy, CSW, (December 11, 2009)

"(STARRED REVIEW.) Coauthors Dornenburg and Page (Becoming a Chef; Dining Out) again prove their immense knowledge of and love for food and drink harmonization. They establish the foundation for this topic by explaining the purposes and potential outcomes for suitable matches. After perusing the drinks for food pairings ('Acidic Foods to Zucchini Blossoms'), readers can change perspective with the food for drink pairings ('Acidic Wine to Zinfandel'). The delineation of combinations for individual cheese varieties is particularly exceptional. Among the array of pairings lie recommendations and advice from experts like Joshua Wesson, as well as several recipes. The vastly informative text suits every palate and diet. Though the authors include a fair discussion of beer and touch on nonalcoholic beverages, they focus primarily on a variety of wine and food pairings. Nevertheless, the immense quantity of food and drink combinations, expert recommendations, tantalizing recipes, and clear discussion of wine fundamentals make this book a thoroughly satisfying reference for all oenophilic and culinary sections. Essential for all strong and budding cookery collections."
Meagan Storey, Library Journal

"The authors of Becoming a Chef and Culinary Artistry present the definitive guide to pairing food with wine, beer, spirits, coffee, tea and even water based on the advice of America's best sommeliers. The collective wisdom of these contributors create a resource of unprecedented scope that includes over 1500 entries. You'll find recommendations for stocking your cellar and kitchen with must-have beverages, from wines to waters. A great meal is nothing without the accompaniment of a beverage and WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT is an engaging reference that is a sure to be classic for every connoisseur....This straightforward, deceptively simple guide to pairing wines with a variety of foods is actually a masterful, encyclopedic look at an enormous scope of food and drink combinations including what works well with teas, coffee, and other beverages. With alphabetical listings of foods and drinks, the authors share advice from famed restaurants such as the French Laundry, Babbo, Jean Georges, and Masa’s. From champagne with tortilla chips to banana pancakes accompanied by blueberry tea to saag paneer and Pinot Gris, this volume is sure to excite readers into their own pairing adventures."
The Strand Bookstore (New York City)

"WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT: Authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg have already taken you inside the mind of a chef in their books Becoming a Chef, Chef's Night Out, and The New American Chef. Now they take you into the brain of a sommelier with WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT (Bullfinch, $35). This essential new book will answer every and any question you might have about how to pair food and drink. "
Andrea Strong, The Strong Buzz

"I found WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT in the retail section of the Peju Winery in Napa Valley. What makes this book great is that the people providing recommendations are contemporary sommeliers from the East Coast, the West Coast, and everywhere in between, and they aren’t afraid to push the limits a bit. The interviews are very informative. Not only does this guide have wine recommendations for artichokes a famously nearly impossible pairing it has recipes and what to avoid as well as what to select. If you tied me to a chair I don’t think I could think of a better book than this."

"...WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page (Bulfinch, $35). No doubt our favorite fall food book, this indispensable guide is the perfect matchmaker between dish and drink. Dornenburg and Page consulted with dozens of food and wine experts and have compiled such a comprehensive compendium of pairings that no stone crab is left unSauternesed (actually, they say Chablis for stone crab)....It all makes for an enormously useful book that's a delight to read."
— Charlie Suisman, Manhattan User's Guide

"Herewith my annual mini-reviews of the year's [seven] most fascinating wine books: WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page (Bulfinch, $35). This takes some novel approaches to wine-food pairing. One is to pair light and heavy foods to light and heavy wines. And it gives you a list of wines from the lightest to the heaviest (chablis to viognier in whites, beaujolais to zinfandel in reds). I've tried this method, and I like it. It also gives some unusual pairings (cucumbers with riesling, rosé champagne with cumin). It'll get you arguing with your foodie friends."
Fred Tasker, Miami Herald

"...With their new book, WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT a be-all, end-all masterwork Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page have stolen back the delicious craft of food and drink pairing from fusty gourmands and brought it to kitchens everywhere back to all the fun foodies who've ever risked carpal tunnel while stirring risotto, only to wonder what wine to pair with it. Entries are arranged into two sections: 125 pages on matching drink to food and 74 pages on pairing food to the beverage. More than a dry, encyclopedic list, the authors and experts discuss the nuanced philosophies behind regionalism, weight and texture. Many of the pages convey eye-catching textboxes, expert pairing menus and recipes from prominent sommeliers and chefs.  Upon lifting this meaty tome, you'll immediately sense that Dornenburg and Page have released an impossibly comprehensive and utterly readable book that belongs among the greats in any epicure's reference shelf."
Jason Tesauro and Phineas Mollod, Sunday Paper

"Your book [WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT] is awesome....What a great book!...Fantastic...Great tips."
— Janelle Wang and Spencer Christian, co-hosts, "The View from The Bay," ABC-TV (San Francisco)

"WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page is the most comprehensive, illuminating and useful book of its type I've yet to come across."
— Tom Wark, Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog

"WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT offers a huge compendium of proven pairings...[and] a quick course offering some rules to remember. At 365 pages, this book is like a dictionary of food and drink pairing and has already become an essential reference in our house....Highly Recommended."
Joanne White,

"You'll often hear that the first rule of food-and-wine pairing is that there should be no rules. Drink what you want. Hogwash! Don't believe me? Fine, wash down that birthday cake with a full-bodied Petite Sirah. You love Petite Sirah, right? What better way to tame those tannins than with a hefty mouthful of sugary frosting. Yuck! Admit it, you need some help. Just like me. I can handle the basics and have a long memory for magical pairings that I've encountered through the years. But I'm challenged sometimes even stumped occasionally when faced with a matchup that is beyond my experience. My fall-back position when hosting a dinner party has always been 'let's try this, it may not work but it should be interesting.' This only proves I can BS with the best of them. I mean, why guess? Go to Amazon and buy the world's greatest book on the subject WHAT to DRINK with WHAT you EAT by authors Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. You'll especially love this book if you're a foodie as well as a wino, for Dornenburg and Page spent a great deal of time with and devote considerable space to the thoughts of such culinary luminaries as Patrick O'Connell of Inn at Little Washington and Daniel Boulud of Daniel, chefs who have very specific and useful ideas about food-and-wine pairings. Of course, if you'd rather forgo the book, you can do what I sometimes do at least in a good wine savvy restaurant. After perusing the wine list to see what I want to drink, I show the sommelier my picks and ask for suggestions on the best menu items to order with my wine!"
Robert Whitley of Copley News Service, on

"WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU a fabulous book!"
Pierre Wolfe and Ron Crider, co-hosts, "America's Dining and Travel Guide" on the Business Talk Radio Network

"Spot on! There have been a number of books over the years trying to teach the pairing of food and wine. David Rosengarten's Red Wine with Fish was a particularly notable effort. Where most of these books fell down was that they made me feel I was struggling to get a Master's Degree in an obscure subject. Fact is, this is what I do for a living, so this isn't an obscure subject to me. Dornenburg and Page were smart enough to enlist the help of a bevy of star players. Their clever compilations of recommendations are typographically coded to let you know what wines are 'frequently recommended,' 'HIGHLY RECOMMENDED,' and the '*HOLY GRAIL' of pairings, matchups we should all experience at least once in our lives. A great resource. A great read."
Ron Zimmerman, owner, The Herbfarm (Woodinville, WA)

In addition to "better bookstores everywhere," you can find WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT at the Campbellsport Public Library (Wisconsin), Cuyahoga Falls Library (Ohio), Downers Grove Public Library (Illinois), Kenton County Public Library (Kentucky) Richland County Public Library (South Carolina), Tacoma Public Library (Washington), Timberland Regional Library (Washington), Westport Public Library (Connecticut) as well as other public libraries with great taste.

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What to Drink with What You Eat is the perfect holiday gift for bar chefs, bartenders, beer enthusiasts, beverage believers, brides (and brides to be!), caterers, chefs, cocktail lovers, coffee drinkers, cooks, drinkers, eaters, event planners, food lovers, grooms (and grooms to be!), home entertainers, libation lovers, mixologists, party planners, restaurant enthusiasts, restaurateurs, sake drinkers, sommeliers, tea drinkers, water afficianados, wedding planners, and wine collectors.

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culinary artistry, dining out, chef's night out, becoming a chef
The New American Chef
WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT is a unique recipe, combining the authors' creativity, expertise, scholarship, and great love of all good food and drink. The respect and admiration that food professionals have for them gives them access to a wonderful depth of knowledge and experience that they bring to life in their work. Karen and Andrew just might be the ultimate culinary-literary pairing!
Daniel Boulud

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