Without a doubt the Napa Valley is synonymous with wine. And what’s the perfect compliment to an amazing bottle of wine? Killer food of course! Luckily for us, Napa Valley also boasts an amazing array of top-notch restaurants run by both established (and famous) chefs and up-and-coming culinary stars.
The Valley’s ever-burgeoning food scene can be summed up just by taking a look at some of what’s happened in 2010: Chef Masaharu Morimoto opened Morimoto Napa, Lark Creek Restaurant Group opened Fish Story, Tyler Florence is hard at work on Tyler Florence Rotisserie and Wine, Catherine Bergen opened C Casa and the mobile food trend is here in a big way.
If you happen to have a foodie among those you’ll be buying for this holiday season, here are four ideas that will allow you to share some of the best the Napa Valley has to offer.
Domaine Chandon Cookbook
Wine producer Domaine Chandon, which is located in Yountville, released a cookbook featuring the “best dishes” from étoile, the winery’s on-site fine dining establishment (the only such place in the valley). The book includes 75 recipes from the restaurant–including everything from soups to desserts. Extras include more than 75 photographs, a guide to pairing wines with foods, as well as suggested wines for each recipe.
Find the cookbook, which runs $40 per copy, online here.
Decanting Napa Valley: The Cookbook
The Decanting Napa Valley Cookbook is designed for “experienced chefs” and aims to provide specific recipes to be paired with some 100 different wines. In addition, the book includes a bit on the 250 year history of Riedel Crystal, numerous wine statistics, tasting notes and more.
The cookbook runs $45 per copy and can be found online here.
Michael Chiarello’s Bottega
Chef Michael Chiarello’s latest cookbook, “Bottega,” offers up some 100 Southern Italian inspired recipes over the course of more than 200 pages. Bottega (the restaurant) is Chiarello’s latest venture, which is also based in Yountville and has garnered numerous accolades since opening in December 2008. The book is aimed at the “home cook and entertainer” and includes more than 100 high-quality photos that bring each dish to life.
A signed copy of the cookbook, which can be found online here, will cost you $40.
Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc At Home
Released at the end of 2009, Thomas Keller’s (French Laundry, Bouchon, Ad Hoc) Ad Hoc At Home cookbook is also designed to be accessible for the “home cook,” which is a departure from Keller’s previous cookbooks. The book includes some 200 recipes for family-style meals from Keller’s casual Yountville restaurant, Ad Hoc. Recipes include main courses and desserts and are focused on American comfort food such as the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Keller’s chocolate chip cookies.
You can find Ad Hoc at home here.