Season: Wine Country Food, Farming, & Friends
By Justin Wangler • Tracey Shepos Cenami
There’s a fresh, relaxed way of cooking going on in the California wine country. And in the kitchens and gardens of Jackson Family Wines, it’s a happy way of life. It’s about crafting food that starts with what’s growing in the soil, grazing in the fields, and swimming in the sea—food prepared with a light hand, seasoned with confidence, and served with casual sophistication. It’s about treating wine not as an afterthought to pair with a dish, but as a starting point for that dish to spring from.
In Season, chefs Justin Wangler and Tracey Shepos Cenami and pastry chef Robert “Buttercup” Nieto share more than a hundred of their favorite recipes for everything from special occasions to everyday meals. You’ll find complete menus and ideas for seasonal celebrations—from a springtime garden party and a stress-free summer picnic to an autumn harvest celebration and a holiday finger-food feast—plus a year’s supply of seasonal starters, salads, soups, sides, mains, and desserts.
With user-friendly tips on growing and sourcing produce from master culinary gardener Tucker “Farmer T” Taylor, and wine-pairing notes from master sommelier Michael Jordan, this is more than a cookbook. It’s a kitchen companion you’ll turn to winter, spring, summer, and fall for inspiration.
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