Nonfiction November: Book Pairings

Today’s Nonfiction November  is hosted at Sarah’s Bookshelves.  The theme this week is fiction/nonfiction book pairings:

It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.

I will heartily recommend two books where it’s all about wine.

Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker was one of my favorite nonfiction books this year.  A perfect pairing to me is Peter Mayle’s A Good Year

This quote below is from the fictional book.  Yet you learn something. There is more to the story than wine but it plays a healthy role along with food, relationships and a bit of mystery.

See the diagonal cut on the stem? That’s a cut made by secateurs. And look – there are bunches all the way along this row…..They cut off two or three bunches so that the bunch left gets all the nourishment. This makes it concentrated, with a higher alcohol content. The fancy name for it is vendage verte. It’s slow and expensive because machines can’t do it.

This is a great spot. The exposure is right; facing east, the stony ground warms up slowly, which is better for the roots and there is a perfect slope for drainage. Land like this would fetch a small fortune in Napa.

Now to move on to another love of mine, food and cooking.  You see a theme here, right?


The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister is a fictional accounting of strangers coming together to learn to cook.  Some carry emotional baggage and this learning process and creating meals together helps them heal.  As in real life, not all wounds are visible and the emotional scarring can be very well hidden.  I loved this book.

Currently I am reading The Comfort Food Diaries by Emily Nunn.  This is about heartbreak, healing, moving ahead with very liberal passages of food and recipes.  It’s good so far but I have to say, I am already concerned about the dog Maggie.  If a dog is in a story I will worry about it’s demise, guess I will find out as I read.


Join in or check out the pairings at Sarah’s site.  Thank you for hosting, Sarah!



Rock and Vine: Next Generation Changemakers in Americas Wine Country by Chelsea Prince

wine2Rock and Vine: Next Generation Changemakers in Americas Wine Country by Chelsea Prince.

This beautiful coffee table book whisks you away on a tour of California vineyards. This isn’t merely a book serving up wine eye candy…you are also enlightened on the process of making wine, the importance of the soils, terrain and the “behind the scenes” to turn a phrase of Napa and Sonoma Valley winemakers. The young people profiled are the new generation of winemakers.


From back in the 60s and 70s many California wineries were family owned operations. That legacy is passed down to the children where they are using their own innovative ideas and methods to produce good wines for us to enjoy now. Who understands wine making better than one who grows up immersed in the business, the culture, the vines.

Author Chelsea Prince and photographer Mary Steinbacher put together a beautiful book.


Discover the history behind these labels and check out the profiles of Rock and Vine leaders:

o Joe Wagner of Wagner Family Made Wine
o Nicole Marchesi of Far Niente
o Angelina Mondavi of Dark Matter
o Dalia Ceja of Ceja Vineyards
o Christina Turley of Turley Wine Cellars
o Tony Leonardi of BNA Wine Group
o Jason Exposto of Futo
o August Sebastiani of The Other Guys
o Jordan Kivelstadt of Free Flow Wines
o Morgan Peterson of Bedrock Wine Co.
o Danny Fay, Mike Benziger, and Ben Flajnik of Envolve Winery
o *Maggie Pramuk of Robert Biale Vineyards – writes the introduction

This beautiful hardcover book was sent to me by the author, Chelsea Prince. Thank you Chelsea and to Goodreads for sending me this lovely book.

Adding my review to Goodreads and Beth Fish Reads for her Weekend Cooking Series.

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