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The Tra Vigne Cookbook: Seasons in the California Wine Country
by Michael Chiarello with Penelope Wisner

Chef of Tra Vigne, an acclaimed restaurant in the heart of California's Napa Valley, Michael Chiarello draws on his memories of growing up in an Italian family to show how he created a distinctive cuisine that is rich with a sense of tradition. Drawing upon the natural abundance of the Napa Valley, he incorporates fresh seasonal ingredients in classic Tra Vigne recipes, such as Crispy Herb Gnocchi with Braised Lamb Shanks and Wild
Mushrooms and his unforgettable Chocolate Tiramisu. This is a pretty book with a clean, classical look, lovely photographs, and a simple division of its recipes by season--just the way the Italians cook and eat.



Flavored Oils
by Michael Chiarello and Penelope Wisner

Chef Michael Chiarello leads us through flavored and infused oils, which is the process of steeping fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables or spices in various types of cooking oils. The result is a healthy alternative to heavier sauces and a subtle, refreshing twist to many a dish. Fifty recipes illustrate how to best cook with these aromatic oils.

Flavored Vinegars
by Michael Chiarello and Penelope Wisner

Vinegar need not be that awfully tart brew of our youth, certainly not in the hands of chef Michael Chiarello. In this book, he shows us how to redefine a dish with a few drops of balsamic or a drizzle of raspberry vinegar. A dazzling array of aromatic, flavored vinegars will help you turn any meal into a taste treat without the fat and calories. Caramelized Onion Vinegar, anyone?

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