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By Christopher Kostow

A brand new Napa food follows Christopher Kostow's trip from a tender line cook dinner in a seashore city to the storied eating place at Meadowood, the Napa Valley mainstay that has earned 3 Michelin stars and James Beard Awards for most sensible chef and notable provider less than Kostow's leadership.

Through a hundred artfully built recipes and beautiful images, Kostow information the transformative impression this small American valley has had on his existence and work--introducing us to the artisans, items, growers, and wild constituents that encourage his exceptional foodstuff. As he stocks tales of learning wild plums and radishes transforming into alongside the creek in the back of his domestic or of firing pottery with neighborhood ceramists, Kostow provides a brand new Napa cuisine--one deeply rooted in a spot that's wealthy in attractiveness, historical past, and neighborhood.

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Not surprisingly, marc, a sort of brandy or eaude-vie made from the skins and stems left over after the wine-making process, is widely made here. So was absinthe, until it was outlawed in 1915, and Pernod still is made. Wild mushrooms, currants (used for making Cassis), marc-washed Epoisses cheese and chèvres, Dijon ham, coq au chambertin (the original chicken braised in red wine), beef and rabbit à la bourguignonne (stewed in red wine), pike quenelles (poached “dumplings” made of fish mousse), smoked meats, and escargots, the legendary first course of snails in garlic butter, are quintessential Burgundian dishes.

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Ardennaise (ahr den nez): Refers to the Ardennes mountains. Usually applied to fowl or game birds, but sometimes to meat, and characteristically flavored with juniper berries (or the juniper-based gin). Au jus (oh zhu): With juice—that is, pan juices or stock. Aurore (oh roar): A tomato-flavored sauce, hence pink-tinged and named for Aurora, the goddess of the dawn. Ballottine (bal oh teen): Meat or poultry boned, stuffed, and rolled, then braised. A galantine is similar but usually served in aspic.

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