Top 10 books about wine, beer, and spirits to read in lockdown

Wines & Recipes, Raul Diaz

What have you been cooking at home lately? Bored of the recipes you’ve already mastered, and need some new inspiration?

London-based Chilean sommelier, Raul Diaz, launched a wine-focused cookbook last year that matches 50 original recipes to specific grape varieties from around the world.

Diaz created the recipes taking inspiration from his travels – having worked as a sommelier on cruise ships for six years, the somm has visited over 100 countries.

Rather than matching the wines to the recipes, with each new recipe Diaz began with a specific grape variety in mind, and created the dish to pair with it.

Among the food and wine pairings in the book are Champagne and prawn salad; Alvarinho and salt cod; Garnacha and chickpeas with chorizo; Nebbiolo and a pumpkin fritter; Sauvignon Blanc and mango ceviche; and Sauternes and clotted cream-stuffed poached apricots.

So, if you needed a better reason than “Wednesday” to cave in and open that fancy bottle of Sauternes on your wine rack, this book should be right up your street.

The £30 book is due to be published at the start of June, so you’ll have to wait another month, but let’s face it, you will probably still need it then.

Wines & Recipes is available to pre-order from Waterstones and Foyles.




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