The foodie, drinkie aficionado in your world will invariably appreciate a tome related to their favourite past-time this Christmas. From a pocket-size eats ‘n drinks guide complete with map to handy wine books, fill your beloved’s heart and belly with the gift of great foodie, drinkie literature. Five new releases in the nick of time to make present-purchasing less painful this year.
Donato De Santis
Damn. Any book that starts and finishes with the images of 64 dirty plates gets me thinking, hot damn, what were they eating? And so begins Donato De Santis’ sixth book Pura Pasta, and the first of a new trilogy that will be followed up Pura Pizza and Puro Dolce. With a handy guide to tackling pasta itself, from stuffed to laminated doughs, this tome offers up region-by-region hits, such as lamb conchiglioni and saffron stock from Abruzzo and Molise to peas, beans, mint and parmesan fettucine from Lazio. MasterChef fans will love this gift.
Hardback 599 pesos, paperback 499 pesos.
Report Vino Argentino 2017
Aldo Graziani with Valeria Mortara
When two of Argentina’s most illustrious sommeliers combine literary forces to pen their first wine report, it’s time to take note. And with more than 400 wines tasted and scored – the first Argentine guide to do so – Reporte Vino Argentino 2017 by Aldo Graziani in collaboration with Valeria Mortara will prove to be an extremely handy guide ordered by region and comes with up-to-date cartography. Additional power collaborations come from Matías Michelini (Passionate Wines) who writes about My Heart in Gualtallary, Edy Del Popolo (Susana Balbo Wines) who talks about Agrelo and Alejandro Sejanovich (Manos Negras) on La Consulta. This guide also names its top five winemakers paving the way; the top five consistent winemakers; and top five winemakers to keep an eye on. Still, with 400 wines ranked, there’s plenty to work through – and one enormous 100-pointer to splurge on. For the serious enophile fan in your life.
500 restaurantes barras & comida al paso Buenos Aires
Juan Carlos Fola
Known for his often-scathing food blog Fondo de Olla, food writer Juan Carlos Fola turns his hand to paper and pen as it were with this useful handbag-size eating and drinking guide, his first. Covering 282 restaurants, 160 spots for a quick bite, 58 bars and 24 styles of cuisine, this compact yet comprehensive guide is especially useful thanks to its 16 maps. In Belgrano for a meeting and not sure where to lunch? How about Downtown? There’s a plethora of joints to choose from with short, if not always sweet, reviews. For the BA commuter in your life.
El libro del café
Journalist Sabrina Cuculianksy has a particular passion for coffee that started 10 years ago, and she kicked off a project called Exigí Buen Café. A decade on, following workshops, tastings, coffee fairs and talks and that work has come to fruition as El libro del café. Caffeine addicts will love this plotted history about black gold. Recounting the origin of beans, this complete book also includes tips on how to taste, making the perfect latte, preparation methods and the coffee truck boom. Caffeine addicts will be instantly hooked.
Los buenos vinos argentinos 2017
One of Argentina’s most prolific wine communicators, grande dame Elisabeth Checa has just published the tenth edition of her Los buenos vinos argentinos guide. Kicking off with several articles such as Cool Climate Wines and All Argentine Grapes, La Checa, as she’s fondly known, reviews close to 300 wines in her 2017 guide, that are listed by bodega. There’s also a useful index for looking up comments on preferred wines, which as a rule, come with even more useful food pairings or suggestions. For the food and wine aficionado in your world.
Buenos Aires Herald