Feed your mind with these food and booze books. If one of your many goals this year is to read more, but you don’t necessarily know where to start, try some of these top reads I discovered in 2015 and recommend for your 2016!

Cocktails & Wine:

image-5Tasting Wine and Cheese–  Tasting Wine and Cheese, by maitre d ‘Fromage Adam Centamore teaches you how to first taste wines and cheeses separately, helping you to understand the complex profiles of reds, whites, aged, and fresh. Tasting Wine and Cheese will take you on a journey through pairings of cheeses with white, red, sparkling, and dessert wines! There is even a section to help pair condiments with wine and cheese and it’s very helpful when setting up that charcuterie board.



41k5XUiEZpL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_Paris Cocktails– This gorgeous book is the first of its kind and explores the exploding cocktail scene going on in Paris right now. It includes 100 cocktail recipes, as well as fabulous French bars to enjoy when you want to have a great drink in Paris, London and across the US. Author Doni Belau, spends her time between Brooklyn, NY and Paris, France and is the founder of Girls Guide To Paris!

image002-6The Wine Bible- THE WINE BIBLE (Workman; October 2015), by “America’s Missionary of the Vine” (TIME) and James Beard Award winner Karen MacNeil. This book gives you access to all the wine information from the top experts in the wine world. I read this book several years ago and this new updated edition took me on another wine journey in which I learned and re-learned some great wine information. Impress your friends and family with your new found knowledge, or simply brush up on your favorite region. Even as a Sommelier, I still love reading books like this.

For the foodies, home cooks, and kitchen curious:

wildgamewebcoverThe Complete Wild Game Cookbook From forest to table, Jean-Paul Grappe helps you take your game to the next level! This exciting and enticing book brings you 150 mouthwatering recipes using game birds and animals as well as several wild plants that pair especially well with the dishes. This engaging book also includes recipes for broths, gravies, marinades and glazes.

vietnamesewebcoverSimply Vietnamese- Bright, delicate and satisfying, the cuisine of Vietnam is absolutely phenomenal. Sour flavors are balanced by salty ones, while sweet notes are complimented by a little heat from chiles. Author Nancie McDermott creates easy recipes will help you make an array of traditional dishes with widely available ingredients. From stir-fry to soups and salads, keep yourself healthy and happy all year long without skimping on flavor.

spiralizerwebcover150 Best Spiralizer Recipes- Spiralizing your food just got better with Jennifer Williams and Marilyn Haugen! Sometimes I would feel as if I were in a zucchini rut with my spiralizer, until I opened this book. 150 recipes including sweet potato noodles, spinach and apple salad, zucchini noodles and more. This book has endless inspiration to keep you happy and healthy all year long!