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Feast of the Gods–Classic Greek Cooking by Theodore Alexander Fouros

Theodore Alexander (Alexis) Fouros grew up on a small Greek island in the Ionian Sea and began cooking at age five with his mother, aunts and grandmother. His love for cooking led to the opening of his first restaurant in 1974 in New York City and his eventual ownership of […]

Book Review — Travel Reading for All Tastes – “Blue Water, Green Skipper”
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Book Review — Travel Reading for All Tastes – “Blue Water, Green Skipper”

There are books focused on travel, all pretty and heavily illustrated and those are what most people seem to opt for – nifty coffee table decorations. That effort and choice has its place. And then there are the unconventional and not what one would label as travel books; however, in […]

Book Review – –   Two Rizzoli Charmers for the Spring -“Paul R. Williams Classic Hollywood Style” &  “Parisian Hideaways”
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Book Review – – Two Rizzoli Charmers for the Spring -“Paul R. Williams Classic Hollywood Style” & “Parisian Hideaways”

Paul R. Williams Classic Hollywood Style The book is pricey but it truly is a collectible from Rizzoli by Karen E. Hudson ($65.00, 240 pages) “Paul R. Williams Classic Hollywood Style.” For more than sixty years the famed architect’s work was a benchmark for all things grand and beautiful. The […]

Rizzoli – -The Travel Book Hits Keep on Coming
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Rizzoli – -The Travel Book Hits Keep on Coming

A new collection of stunning titles for the spring from Rizzoli publishers is there for the taking, the reading the keeping. From Alain Ducasse, to a Walk in Paris, to Seasons of New York, to Fiat in all its locales, to French Bistro season recipes – -there is much to […]

Book Reviews: “Spectacular Alaska” and “This Is Munich”
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Book Reviews: “Spectacular Alaska” and “This Is Munich”

Terrific Travel Tomes: “Spectacular Alaska” and “This Is Munich” All kinds of books keep coming down the chute to beguile, amuse, inform and entertain readers. A delightful duo from Universe Publishers is “Alaska” and “This Is Munich.” Spectacular Alaska edited by Dana Levy and Letitia Burns O’Connor ($29.95, 132 pages), […]

Powerful Places: Ireland, by Elyn Aviva and Gary White
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Powerful Places: Ireland, by Elyn Aviva and Gary White

This is a candid and useful book, with everything included from a discussion of how visitation is changing the character and impact of a site to GPS headers that help the visitor find remote places. Avira and White bring together healing springs and museum collections, enchanted glens and holy wells, […]

Book Review: In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks
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Book Review: In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks

Chef Bennett’s book starts out with a long title: In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks, Orchestrating Florida’s Caribbean Pantry into a Modern Metropolitan Cuisine. The rest is intriguing, well organized, and easy to follow with delicious recipes.

Book Review: The Wine Seekers’ Guide to the Livermore Valley
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Book Review: The Wine Seekers’ Guide to the Livermore Valley

The Wine Seekers’ Guide to the Livermore Valley, by Tom Wilmer was not written for the wine snob. The book is aimed at those of us who don’t understand the intricacies of the grape. He says the wine tasting experience has more to do with the social interactions and having fun, than the subjective, critical tasting experience. Therefore, this is truly my kind of guide– one with clear and helpful information in an easy to read format.

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Guide to Bed & Breakfast Inns and Guesthouses — Twenty-Eighth Edition
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BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Guide to Bed & Breakfast Inns and Guesthouses — Twenty-Eighth Edition

Pamela Lanier’s Twenty-Eighth Edition of The Complete Guide To Bed & Breakfast Inns and Guesthouses International arrived on my porch early one afternoon. Its soft-hued cover showcasing a fluffy feather bed, a small bedside table dressed by fine china, silver coffee server, and shining tray of pastries and berries — enhanced by the image of a warm, glowing candle — invited me instantly inside. Soon I began exploring the delights of more than 4,500 inns and guesthouses throughout the world.

BOOK REVIEW: Chef in the Vineyard: Fresh and Simple Recipes from Great Wine Estates
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BOOK REVIEW: Chef in the Vineyard: Fresh and Simple Recipes from Great Wine Estates

Recently, I had the good fortune not only to acquire a copy of John Sarich’s latest book, Chef in the Vineyard, but to experience a guided tasting by the wizard of wine-food pairings himself.