Friday, January 23, 2009

PlumpJack Cookbook or League of Our Own

PlumpJack Cookbook: Great Meals for Good Living

Author: Jeff Morgan

A beautiful cookbook sure to appeal to anyone who relishes the good things in life—full of the elegantly earthy fare that has made PlumpJack’s restaurants some of the most popular and highly acclaimed in Northern California

The PlumpJack name is synonymous with great wine, delicious food, and fine living. Its Napa Valley winery produces top-rated Cabernet. Its eight restaurants—including Balboa Cafe, PlumpJack Cafe, and Jack Falstaff—have won renown in the great dining capital of San Francisco, as well as in the Napa Valley wine country and the world class ski destination of Squaw Valley. Its resorts in Napa and Squaw Valley are ranked among the most luxurious in the country.

Now The PlumpJack Cookbook brings together the most coveted recipes from all eight restaurants in a book that captures the allure and down-to-earth sophistication of everything PlumpJack and features:

• 75 favorite recipes, including the famous Balboa Burger, as well as Roasted Squash Soup with Sage, Crab Cakes with Avocado Salsa, Goose Breast with Red Wine Gravy and Wild Rice, and Bananas Foster Brioche Pudding

• stunning color photographs that spotlight the alluring dishes and the restaurants’ beautiful Northern California locations

• wine recommendations as well as wine-buying tips and a guide to wine-and-food pairing

• a foreword by PlumpJack founder Gavin Newsom, now mayor of San Francisco and, according to Newsweek, one of the five rising stars of the Democratic Party

Publishers Weekly

Inspired by a popular collection of Northern California restaurants, a wine shop, two hotels and a winery (all under the umbrella of PlumpJack-a name taken from Queen Elizabeth nickname for Jack Falstaff, a Shakespearean character), this extremely eclectic cookbook features 75 recipes for the PlumpJack group's greatest hits. This book by Morgan, a Napa-based food and wine writer, also includes a discussion of wine and unpretentious suggestions for wine pairings with most dishes. The recipes range from Boon Fly Donuts to Chicken Liver Flan Cr me Caramel with Apple "Caviar." A recipe for an elaborate appetizer of Beef Carpaccio with Lemon Aioli, Truffle Oil, and Asparagus Salad is just a few pages away from a recipe for a simple tortilla soup. The seafood chapter has a recipe for fish tacos as well as one for Grilled Halibut with Orange Fennel Puree, Asparagus, and Warm Quinoa Salad. Balboa Cafe regulars will be pleased to have instructions for preparing the famed Balboa Burger, while ambitious dinner party hosts might want to take on Lamb Shanks in Red Wine with Pomegranate/Mint Gremolata, Green Beans, and Chickpeas. There are a few desserts, too, including Chocolate Cognac Truffles and Balboa Cafe's Peanut Butter Cookies. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal

PlumpJack began in 1992 as a small wine shop in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood. Today, it is a restaurant group with seven cafes and restaurants, a winery, and two hotels, one in Napa Valley and the other near Lake Tahoe. The restaurants, which range from casual to elegant, serve "wine-friendly dishes," and they have always kept the wine prices low. Morgan, a food and wine writer, begins the group's first book with a brief history and a wine primer before presenting 75 recipes from the various eateries. There are wine selections for each dish and numerous color photographs throughout. Recommended for area libraries and others where restaurant cookbooks are popular. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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League of Our Own: From Blue Jeans to Ball Gowns: All-Occasion Recipes from the Rockwall Women's League

Author: Rockwall Womens League Staff

This all occasion book, assembled with quick and easy favorites along with more challenging culinary trends, appeals to all levels of expertise. Whether in blue jeans barbequing a casual feast or in ball gowns adding finishing touches to a grand presentation, our treasured fares will put you in a league of your own.

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