By Michael Chiarello
"The flavor and style at Tra Vigne have marked Michael Chiarello's pioneering work from the beginning and continue to set high standards in our gastronomic heaven here in Napa Valley. Following the seasons at Tra Vigne means having a series of wonderful dishes that are always entertaining, educational, and fine." — Robert Mondavi
One of the hottest vacation spots in the nation is California wine country. People the world over travel there for a taste of the good life. They find it in abundance at St. Helena's celebrated Tra Vigne restaurant (the name is Italian for "among the vines"), where an enchanting vineyard setting and chef Michael Chiarello's robust Italian dishes make for an unforgettable dining experience. Now, Chiarello takes readers behind the scenes at the restaurant, sharing recipes and reminiscences inspired by his years at Tra Vigne and the rich, hearty Italian cooking of his family.
Napa Valley's Tra Vigne restaurant harvests its seasonal bounty with The Tra Vigne Cookbook. The book celebrates the natural beauty and abundance of California's wine country with a passionate gastronomic journey through the changing seasons. In addition to seasonal delights like the savory Asparagus Risotto with Shitake Mushrooms, the delicately delicious Lemon-braised Artichokes, and the scrumptious Pumpkin Polenta, home cooks will discover the secrets to such Tra Vigne classics as Herb Gnocchi with Braised Lamb Shanks and Wild Mushrooms, Crunchy Fritto Misto with Tomato Vinegar, rich and crumbly Italian Holiday Cookies, and decadent Chocolate Tiramisu. The mouthwatering recipes with The Tra Vigne Cookbook are as abundant as the fresh seasonal ingredients used to create them.
With lush photographs and a striking contemporary design, with The Tra Vigne Cookbook will take readers to the rolling hills and beautiful vineyards of the Napa Valley. With this wonderful new book, anyone can share the changing seasons with family and friends and bring the rich heritage of simple wine country living home to his or her own table.
This book serves as the basis for a new public television series hosted by Chiarello, which is planned for national release in Spring of 2000.
The Tra Vigne Cookbook
Seasons in the California Wine Country
By Michael Chiarello
Chronicle Books, November 1999
96 pages with color photographs throughout
Information provided by the publisher.
This page created April 2000
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