Canada's Wine Country Cookbook


252 pages
Contains Index
ISBN 0-7715-9195-0
DDC 641.6'22





Illustrations by Agnes Aru
Reviewed by Greg Turko

Greg Turko is a policy analyst at the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and


Shari Darling and Michelle Ramsey have asked various winemakers, chefs,
restaurateurs, wine journalists, and others associated with the
hospitality industry in different wine regions of the country to provide
their favorite recipes. Most recipes, though not all, use wine. All
recipes include a sidebar that discusses the wine being used in the
recipe or the wine being recommended as an accompaniment.

The recipes, which cover all courses, are of varying complexity in
terms of ingredients and preparation. Most of us probably do not have
ready access to wild boar for Wild Boar Ragout, but there are also a
large number of chicken recipes in the collection. Preparation
complexity ranges from Rare Roasted Tuna with Sherry Soy Butter Sauce
and Smoked Onion Confit and Chive Flower Fritters to Baked Ham and
Strawberries in Pepper and Red Wine.

The opening chapters include useful and easy-to-follow information on
food and wine combinations, cheese and wine, cooking with wine, and
serving wine. The authors have mercifully avoided much of the
snobbishness and pretension that frequently marks this kind of

This book provides interesting, elegant, and innovative
special-occasion recipes that are well within the reach and capabilities
of most cooks.


Darling, Shari., “Canada's Wine Country Cookbook,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 18, 2024,