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There’s a fresh, relaxed way of cooking going on in the California wine country. And in the kitchens and gardens of Jackson Family Wines, it’s a happy way of life. It’s about crafting food that starts with what’s growing in the soil, grazing in the fields, and swimming in the sea—food prepared with a light hand, seasoned with confidence, and served with casual sophistication. It’s about treating wine not as an afterthought to pair with a dish, but as a starting point for that dish to spring from.
, chefs Justin Wangler and Tracey Shepos Cenami and pastry chef Robert “Buttercup” Nieto share more than a hundred of their favorite recipes for everything from special occasions to everyday meals. You’ll find complete menus and ideas for seasonal celebrations—from a springtime garden party and a stress-free summer picnic to an autumn harvest celebration and a holiday finger-food feast—plus a year’s supply of seasonal starters, salads, soups, sides, mains, and desserts.
With user-friendly tips on growing and sourcing produce from master culinary gardener Tucker “Farmer T” Taylor, and wine-pairing notes from master sommelier Michael Jordan, this is more than a cookbook. It’s a kitchen companion you’ll turn to winter, spring, summer, and fall for inspiration.
And most of all, it’s a reflection of today’s wine-country cooking at its best, with recipes such as:
- Peach Toast with Garden Honey & Spicy Bush Basil
- Roasted Salmon with Artichoke Barigoule & Sorrel Aioli
- Purple Potato Salad with Peas, Dill & Tarragon
- Seared Flat Iron Steak with Spigarello & Cherry Tomatoes
- Beet Pasta with Ham Hock & Brussels Sprout Leaves
- Charred Calamari, White Bean & Chorizo Salad
- Cherry Clafoutis with Tarragon Whipped Cream
Whether you grow your own produce, look forward to your weekly CSA delivery, or shop your local farmers’ market, if you love food and wine that celebrate the best of every season, this book will add a world of fresh flavors and ideas to the way you cook, eat, and entertain.
About the Author
Justin Wangler is the executive chef of Jackson Family Wines. He trained at A.B. Tech Culinary School, Asheville, worked at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, Napa Valley, and Syrah Bistro, Santa Rosa. His love of wine brought him to Jackson Family Wines where he creates food that pairs happily with wine and celebrates the seasonal bounty. Tracey Shepos Cenami, chef de cuisine at Jackson Family Wines, was trained at the California Culinary Academy, San Francisco, and worked as the executive chef for Stark Reality, eventually landing at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens. Her recipes have appeared in numerous publications, and she is a three-time winner of Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games. Tucker Taylor, director of culinary gardens at Jackson Family Wines, grew up helping his father tend the family garden. He earned his degree in agriculture with a focus on environmental horticulture from the University of Florida, before moving to Oregon to design and manage his first organic farm. After spending five years redesigning the gardens of The French Laundry in Napa Valley, he joined Jackson Family Wines in 2013.
"This is more than a cookbook. It brings to life the Jackson Family’s philosophy that everything starts with the soil. It’s a carefully crafted reflection of today’s wine country farming, cooking, and entertaining—a guide to celebrating seasonal bounty with simple, sophisticated recipes paired with wonderful wines."
— Thomas Keller
"An appealing advertisement for not just wines and food, but for the California wine country lifestyle."
— Publishers Weekly
"The beautifully illustrated book would make a great gift for family members who want to take a certain slice of Sonoma County home."
— Made Local Magazine
"Why can't everyone write cookbooks like the folks at Jackson Family Wines do? This gorgeous volume is cleverly organized by season, making it easy to use for meal planning."
— San Jose Mercury News