Wine Mondays has a simple premise: Simple wine pairings with seasonal menus, but it offers much more than that. The recipes are wonderful, time-tested classics from Boston's renowned L'Espalier restaurant, but given the pedigree of the chef, and author, that should come as no surprise.

The lovely tips on pairing food and wines, and brief yet informative, to-the-point wine notes help to flesh out the wine pairings that are suggested with each dish. While each dish has its own pairing, each recipe is included in a four-course menu. The flow from dish to dish, and wine to wine, is engaging and intelligent, allowing for one of the wines to carry you through the entire meal, just in case you don't feel like opening four wines for dinner! Take a look at the pair of recipes we're featuring this week and then give the book a look. If you love food and wine, and who doesn't, it'll be worth it.

About the Authors

Frank McClelland, the James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: Northeast 2007, has been the proprietor of L’Espalier in Boston, Massachusetts, for 20 years.  In 2000, with L’Espalier firmly established as one of the country’s most highly regarded restaurants, McClelland opened a second restaurant with fellow chef and business partner Geoff Gardner. Sel de la Terre, featuring cuisine inspired by the culinary traditions of Provence, France, soon joined L’Espalier as one of the nation’s top-ranked restaurants.

Christie Matheson is the author of Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style and the coauthor of Wine Mondays. She is a regular contributor to publications including The Boston Globe MagazineCooking Light, BostonYankeeBody + Soul, Yoga JournalContinentalSan Francisco, and DailyCandy.com.

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