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by Sally Bernstein

August 30, 2003
A recent small study at the University of Cologne, Germany showed that eating dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure. The report in the Journal of the American Medical Association charted 13 adults who ate 3 ounce chocolate bars for 2 weeks.

August 28, 2003
Camembert: A National Myth by Pierre Boisard: this persuasive study in patriotic fable and food lore is a witty and entertaining book. Pierre Boisard investigates the history of Camembert, its legend and how it is intertwined with the history of the French Revolution.

August 26, 2003
The Retro Barbecue: Tasty Recipes for the Grillin' Guy by Linda Everett: In the 1950s, "returning GIs wanted the picket-fenced home, a new car in the garage, and a patio with a barbecue. Yes, man was master of the flame, singeing his eyebrows while smoking out the neighbors." With that visual, author Linda Everett kicks off The Retro Barbecue, a colorful, kitschy, if slightly bizarre collection of barbecue recipes presented through the prism of 1950s America.

August 24, 2003
Copia: The American Center For Wine, Food & the Arts in Napa, California is pleased to present noted chef and television personality Jamie Oliver for an exclusive conversation and book signing on Saturday, October 18, 2003. Doors will open at 5:30 pm for book purchases and viewing of clips from "Jamie's Kitchen." Theater seating begins at 7:30 pm and the program begins at 8:00 pm. Tickets to the Jamie Oliver program are $40 general admission, $35 for Copia members. Space is limited. Reservations can me made by calling Copia at (707) 259-1600 or by visiting www.copia.org.

August 22, 2003
Don't miss the Ghost Winery Tour on Sunday, October 12th in the Napa Valley from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. sponsored by The Land Trust of Napa County. Ghost Wineries are among the earliest wineries that existed between 1860 and 1900. Some are now only ruins while others have been renovated and turned into modern wineries or elegant homes. A fun outing!

August 20, 2003
"The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a successful tightrope walker: an abiding passion for the task, courage to go out on a limb and an impeccable sense of balance." Bryan Miller, N.Y. Times 10/23/83

August 19, 2003
Sonoma Valley, California vintners & growers will again let the good times roll at the eleventh annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction on Labor Day weekend August 28 - September 1, 2003. Sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance, the five-day charity event focuses upon wine and food and has been lauded by Wine Spectator magazine as one of the nation's top ten charity wine events. All event proceeds benefit several charities. Visit www.sonomavalleywine.com or call (707) 935-0803.

August 18, 2003
Great Coffee Grinder: Capresso's Infinity Conical Burr Grinder marries commercial quality components with artful design.

August 16, 2003
Great Coffee Beans: Capresso's "Grand Aroma" premium whole beans are Swiss precision roasted for a rich, smooth aroma with a velvety flavor.

August 14, 2003
The Golden Door Cooks Light and Easy by Michel Stroot, executive chef at southern California's famed Golden Door Spa, is a collection of over 150 of his unique delicious recipes. The Golden Door Spa is one of America's most exclusive holistic wellness retreats, and the celebration of food-from garden to table-is a cornerstone of the spa's "simplicity is luxury" ideology.

August 12, 2003
The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook by Andy Perdue: with over 400 wineries, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia have collectively become a major center for prestige wines on par with those from California and France. This handy compilation helps both connoisseur and novice navigate the complexities of the products of this region. Reviews of each winery cover individual history, production style, and price ranges, plus tips on wine touring; food-and-wine pairing, information on specific wine regions and grapes; and a guide to wine terminology.

August 10, 2003
Italian journalist Carlo Petrini founded the international Slow Food group in 1989 in response to the opening of a McDonald's in Rome's Piazza di Spagna. Slow Food (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History) is his story. Slow Food, a group of 75,000 members that supports recognition of traditional foods and eating patterns (e.g., the family meal), is an important player in today's battle for the palates and stomachs of the world.

August 6, 2003
Jeremiah Tower's new book CALIFORNIA DISH: What I Saw (and Cooked) at the American Culinary Revolution, which according to the San Francisco Chronicle "has rocked the Bay Area." It's said to "Settle scores and tells intimate tales on some of the food world's most-revered figures - Alice Waters among them - and many in it are seething, even as they burn up the phone lines to share excerpts from advance copies and dog-eared galley proofs."

August 4, 2003
Culinary and Historical Walking Tours of San Francisco's Chinatown, North Beach and Asia are offered by Shirley Fong-Torres. WOK WIZ CHINATOWN ADVENTURE TOURS leave from the Wok Wiz office at 654 Commercial Street daily at 10 am. Great fun and great eating!

August 2, 2003
Kendall-Jackson announces the opening of its tasting room on the town square in Healdsburg, California on the charming tree-and boutique-lined Healdsburg Plaza. This tasting room focuses on its upper-end and estate wines, including the Grand Reserve, Great Estates and Stature wines and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

August 1, 2003
Escape to Yountville is a new book by Sally James that offers recipes for health and relaxation from the Napa Valley in Northern California. The book includes not only recipes from Yountville's chefs but also glimpses into their lives, passions, and health rituals. Wonderful color photos are also included.

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