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Book Review – Pacific Northwest Wining and Dining

Updated on November 27, 2008

The Seattle Harbor

Do you love the wonderful combination of fine wine and gourmet food? No matter where you live, you can bring the great tastes of the northern U.S. Pacific coast to your home when you add Pacific Northwest Wining and Dining by Braiden Rex- Johnson to your cookbook collection.

Pacific Northwest Wining and Dining is packed with a combination of regional recipes, tips about wine pairing, stunning photography, and ideas sure to inspire travel to the area. It focuses on the people, places, food, and (of course) wines of Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia.

If you live in or have visited the area, you'll relish the familiar scenery depicted in the breathtaking photography throughout the book. If you've not had the good fortune to see this part of America for yourself, you'll enjoy having a chance to catch a glimpse of this beautiful corner of the world.

The book is organized by regions, starting out with Seattle, and taking readers on a culinary journey through many places within the Pacific Northwest. A few more of the 12 areas highlighted in this publication include the Walla Wall Valley, Portland, the Willamette Valley, Vancouver Island, and many others.

Each section of the book features information about the area, highlights of favorite local places, photographs of local scenery, food photography, recipes for regional favorite dishes, and local wine information.

Selected Recipes

A few of the wonderful recipes you'll find in this book include:

  • Butternut squash bisque
  • Callebaut Chocolate Rolls
  • Cherry Marinated Game Hens
  • Fresh Asparagus and Walla Walla Sweet Onion Quiche
  • Grilled Halibut with White Wine – Mustard Sauce
  • Lavender – Goat Cheese Strudel
  • Roasted Halibut with Shellfish Cioppino
  • Scandinavian Salmon
  • Sea Scallops with Spiced Carrot-Dill Sauce
  • Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Torte

These are just a few of the many delicious recipes you'll be able to learn how to make with Pacific Northwest Wining and Dining.

About the Author

Pacific Northwest Wining and Dining author Braiden Rex- Johnson has been writing about food and wine of this region for many years. She writes a food and wine paring column for Wine Press Norhtwest and contributes to the Seattle Times and Pacific Northwest magazine frequently. She has written for many other publications and is also the author of the Pike Place Market book series. Additionally, Rex-Johnson holds memberships in the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and the Seattle chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI). She also serves as a judge for the James Beard Foundation.


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    healthgoji 9 years ago

    Interesting review - I can imagine myself getting this book and preparing the recipes and have people at an elegnant dinner party raving over the prepared dishes. The relaxing with a glass of wine and the satisfaction of being a dinner party hero.