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The Napa Valley Book

A complete guide to the Napa Valley. The most comprehensive guidebook to the Napa Valley available anywhere--with wineries, restaurants, lodging, events, recreation, shopping, arts and much more. Photographs and more than 700 web addresses. Plus a special wine supplement with information on types of wines, winemaking, winegrowing, wine tasting, varietal pronunciations and a glossary of wine terms. 250 pages in the 6" x 9" paperback edition.

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cover Napa: The Transformation of an American Town
by Lauren Coodley
Paperback. 160 pages. 2004.



"This book goes beyond the myth of Napa as a tourist destination and tells the real history of the town, based on interviews and primary research. The author includes stories of labor history, social movements, and the impact of development on small town America. You will never see Napa the same way again after reading this amazing book!" - An Amazon Reader.




cover The Far Side of Eden: The Ongoing Saga of Napa Valley
by James Conaway
Hardcover. 384 pages. 2002.

James Conaway picks up the story begun a decade ago in his earlier book about Napa Valley, Napa: The Story of an American Eden.

By now the struggle over the valley's future has grown sharper and its success more glaring. Awash in dollars generated by the boom economy and the social ambitions it inspired, Napa is beset by too much of a good thing: new arrivals determined to have a vineyard of their own, cult-wine producers in thrall to fabulously expensive rocket juice (cabernet sauvignon) that few locals can afford, established families wishing to hold on to the old ways, and camp followers caught up in the glamour of it all.

What has transformed a natural and agricultural beauty spot into a coveted global destination has left inevitable scars, and a small, impassioned band of environmentalists strike back in a way that deeply divides the valley between those in favor of unbridled economic development and those insisting on limits. Written by the author the New York Times credits with a Saroyan-like sense of humor and and Balzac-like eye for detail, The Far Side of Eden takes us to the frontlines of America's ongoing conflicts about money, land, and power to tell a tale that has ramifications for us all. - From the publisher

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Michael Chiarello's Casual Cooking

by Michael Chiarello, Janet Fletcher and Deborah Jones
Hardcover. 216 pages. 2002.

From Michael Chiarello, author of The Tra Vigne Cookbook, comes a collection of recipes on his favorite subject-and the favorite subject of home cooks everywhere-preparing meals for family and friends. These treasured recipes marry the rich traditions of his Italian culinary heritage with the casual style and fresh flavors of the Wine Country. Each outhwatering dish-such as Tuscan Shrimp with White Beans, Chicken with Rosemary and Lemon Salt, and Italian Fruit Salad with Sta Bene Honey Zabaglione-is sophisticated, yet simple to prepare. Gorgeous color images by award-winning photographer Deborah Jones show dishes that look too good to be this easy! The companion volume to his new 26-part series on public television, Michael Chiarello's Casual Cooking is perfect for stress-free weekday meals and spontaneous gatherings of friends and family. It doesn't get any better than this. - From the publisher



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