First up is Jeffery Weiss with his new book “Charcuteria – The Soul of Spain.”
Charcutería: The Soul of Spain is the first book to introduce authentic Spanish butchering and meat-curing techniques to the American market. Included are more than 100 traditional Spanish recipes, straightforward illustrations providing easy-to-follow steps for amateur and professional butchers, and gorgeous full-color photography of savory dishes, Iberian countrysides, and centuries-old Spanish cityscapes.
Author Jeffrey Weiss has written an entertaining, extravagantly detailed guide on Spain’s unique cuisine and its history of charcutería, which is deservedly becoming more celebrated on the global stage. While Spain stands cheek-to-jowl with other great cured-meat-producing nations like Italy and France, the charcuterie traditions of Spain are perhaps the least understood of this trifecta. Americans have most likely never tasted the sheer eye-rolling deliciousness that is cured Spanish meats: chorizo, the garlic-and-pimentón-spiked ambassador of Spanish cuisine; morcilla, the family of blood sausages flavoring regional cuisine from Barcelona to Badajoz; and jamón, the acorn-scented, modern-day crown jewel of Spain’s charcutería legacy.
Charcutería: The Soul of Spain is a collection of delicious recipes, uproarious anecdotes, and time-honored Spanish culinary traditions. The author has amassed years of experience working with the cured meat traditions of Spain, and this book will surely become a standard guide for both professional and home cooks. Order a copy NOW!
Then Emily Thengvall, Junior League of Wichita president stops by to talk about a great event!
Junior League of Wichita, Inc. (JLW) will host its second-annual Kitchen Tours: A Pinch of Hope & A Dash of Design on Sunday, May 4th, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at featured homes in Wichita. The upscale event will feature designer kitchens and entertaining spaces. Proceeds from Kitchen Tours will be used to fund Junior League’s mission of building a better community. Currently, Junior League of Wichita’s focus is on the awareness, intervention, and prevention of child abuse. “Junior League of Wichita is grateful for the community’s support of our inaugural Kitchen Tours event last year,” said Emily Thengvall, Junior League of Wichita president. “Attendees tour amazing kitchens and homes and support the Junior League’s work in the community.”
2014 Kitchen Tours will take place 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance.
Last but not least, Wente Family Vineyards 5th generation winemaker Karl Wente joins us to talk about the Midwest Winefest Wine dinner featuring the family wines. We’ll also be talking about one of the wines at the dinner as well as the Winefest Grandtasting; the 2012 Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay. Learn more here!
Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
2012 Wemte Riva Ranch Chardonnay
This medium-bodied Chardonnay has a rich, golden color and aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, honey, cinnamon and light floral notes, balanced by subtle oak, butter and vanilla from barrel aging. It has a round mouthfeel and a long, fruity finish.
Get the details on this great wine here!