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For The Wine Lover

This handsome, embossed, hardcover journal from Hugh Johnson, allows wine lovers to record favourite – and least favourite – wines.  Easy to complete charts and boxes for tasting notes are combined with subjects such as choosing wine for particular occasions and rules of thumb for quantities –handy for the holidays–the best vintages for particular wines, and what other wines to try if you are especially fond a particular grape variety.

The Journal addresses choosing, buying, and judging wine, and also covers such topics as:

  • Opening –corkscrew basics, knowing if it’s corked, and how to deal with a cork that won’t budge
  • Serving  - glassware, optimal temperatures,  and decanting
  • Storing  - cellaring, stacks and racks, and how long will it keep

 It is divided into sections on White wines, Sparkling wines, Rose wines, Red wines and Fortified wine.  Each section offers general and sub-category descriptions.  It also contains quick-reference vintage charts, sections on grape varietals, and wine & food pairing, plus a very useful  “Winespeak” glossary.

 Hugh’s thoughts on the what, when, and how of wine drinking form the framework of this journal.  The rest is up to you: your own favourites, tasting notes, experiments, food pairing, even notes and recommendations from friends.

Judith Miller Book Tour

To celebrate the release of Judith Miller's latest Antiques Price Guide, we were lucky to have the author visit Toronto!

Here is Judith Miller at Breakfast Television this morning, discussing antiques from her own collection as well as Cynthia Findlay's. She even brought a reproduction ("fake") to the show to give tips on how to spot one.

After Breakfast Television followed a book signing at Cynthia Findlay's antique shop. Get in touch with Cynthia's store, they may still have signed books available for sale!


Judith even had time to even do some appraising...

All in all the day was hectic but a lot of fun, we can't wait until Judith Miller returns with her next book!




The Stratocaster. The Telecaster. During the quarter-century following World War II, Fender guitars didn’t just make music. They made musical history. Those spectacular years are remembered and celebrated in Fender: The Golden Age 1946-1970, a definitive book (now in a smaller paperback format), which tells the story of the Fender company and the wondrous instruments it created. The culmination of the passion and obsession of three authors who live on both sides of the Atlantic, almost ten years in development, this celebration of Fender’s “golden age,” 1946-1970, includes:

-       Over 250 spectacular photos of Fender guitars, including many of the rarest instruments from private collections

 -      The largest collection of Fender ephemera ever assembled, including every catalog, every price list and Fender Facts newsletter, along with hundreds of advertisements and promotional items.

-       The comprehensive account of Fender’s golden age, from its humble beginnings through its creative heyday, and five years beyond its sale to CBS in 1965.

 A unique look at some of the finest musical instruments ever produced, Fender: The Golden Age will be irresistible to anyone interested in guitars, rock ’n’ roll, or mid-century American collectibles and ephemera. Like the guitars it documents, the book simply brings down the house.

Fender: The Golden Age 1946-1970, By Martin Kelly, Paul Kelly, and Terry Foster; $29.99/287 pages ISBN: 9781844036660

Published by Cassell, an imprint of Octopus Books USA

Drinks a la YOU!

Do you care about the quality of foods that you eat?   Do you use the freshest ingredients or grow your own?  Experiment with flavors and take pride in the creations you share with friends?  So why not do the same with your drinks?

How to Make Your Own Drinks by Susy Atkins (Mitchell Beazley/Octopus, September 2011, $18.99 CAN) serves up delicious drinks using fresh, local ingredients—just as you would with food.  It is a treasure trove of recipes and information on everything from sourcing to bottling and garniture to gift packaging.  If you're into DIY, and love food, this book is for you.  Not to mention homemade drinks in lovely packaging make wonderful, welcomed, and economical gifts...  CHEERS!


MANDAtory Reading List 12.06.2010

The Globe and Mail published their selection of the year's most spectacular coffee-table books last Saturday - click on Gwenyth below to view the web version.   

 On another note, is it just me, or does the Globe Style section just keep getting better and better? 

Moving along, the Vancouver Sun also published a booklist on Saturday, but focused on the top 10 lifestyle tomes of the season.  It included Bunny Williams Scrapbook for Living, Miller's Costume Jewelry, and The World Atlas of Whisky.  I found the list spot on!

Trying to nail down clever drink ideas for an upcoming holiday shin-dig?  Impress your guests with these creative cocktail recipes put together by the folks at the Calgary Herald. My particular favourite is the Tequila Mockingbird adapted from Drinkology by James Waller.

Letty Halloran Flatt, author of Chocolate Snowball, was recently profiled on the CBC's Cookbook Club.  For those of you seeking that gem of a cookie for your holiday bake swap - look no further.  The Linzer Heart Cookie recipe was reproduced along with the interview.  These cookies are SO adorable.

The Canadian Living Craft Blog gave away a copy of The Farm Chicks Christmas last week!  If you're a crafter do yourself a favour and keep this site on your blog roll.  They give stuff away a lot.

And finally, for gift ideas for the food fanatic on your list, I suggest taking a  look at this list of the best cookbooks of the year compiled by The Montreal Gazette.  Our favourites from the list?  Plenty by Diana Henry and Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian, your foodie friends will not be dissapointed.