Books For Cooks (and Wine Lovers).

We’ve shown the Chefs Warehouse tapas boards on the blog before, and the perfect accompaniment to that is this: The Book of Tapas. Written by the Spanish food writer and author, Simone Ortega, together with her daughter, Ines, this is the definitive guide to tapas, showcasing all the classic Spanish dishes that have become so popular worldwide, as well as plenty of lesser-known items you can recreate at home. Aside from the 250 recipes, there’s plenty of insight into the tapas culture of Spain.

Harvest celebrates a city family’s move to a beautiful farm in the Western Cape and their quest to grow fine organic produce. Christine Steven’s recipes and thoughts on country life share the pages with the superb images of foodie photographer Russell Wasserfall, who captures the dishes, the family and the magnificent farm perfectly. Recipes vary between simple quick eats to more elaborate afternoon roasts, but all share a common love for fresh organic ingredients.

Robert Parker is the world’s most influential wine critic, someone that can destroy a winery with one bad review or, on the other hand, ensure everything they make will be sold on release. In this coffee table book, The World’s Greatest Wine Estates, he outlines what he thinks makes a winery great and then takes us through his list of the most important ones. They’re mostly in France, the US and the rest of Europe, but it still makes an excellent read.