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    • ISBN:9781784722616
    • Publication date:08 Sep 2016

Hugh Johnson on Wine

Good Bits from 55 Years of Scribbling

By Hugh Johnson

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  • £20.00

The must-have book for all wine enthusiasts and collectors, from the world's leading writer on wine, Hugh Johnson.

The must-have book for all wine enthusiasts and collectors, from the world's leading writer on wine, Hugh Johnson.

'On Wine-which brings together dozens of "articles, reviews, and introductions," from titles as various as Vogue, Decanter, The Sunday Times Wine Club newsletter Wine Times, and the journal you have in your hands, as well as snippets from Johnson's bestselling books-has many moments where the writing transcends the ostensible subject matter.'
The World of Fine Wine

One of the world's great authorities on wine, Hugh Johnson has been writing on the subject (among others) for almost six decades. This selection chronicles his personal take on developments that have revolutionised the industry for half a century and more.

Johnson's prose describes as no one else can the endlessly fascinating characters and landscapes of the wine world. He tells of setting sail with sybarites and braving the perfect storm, he debates at length the Pleasure Principle, lip-smacks through decadent dinners, teaches and learns in Tokyo and files breathless dispatches from Beijing. He bids a poignant farewell to the loveliest vintages, decries peremptory judgement and urges the Slow Food philosophy; falls in love (again), this time with Tokaji, tells warm winter tales through a vintage port and sets out a summer picnic at the source of the Seine - all the while dryly annotating the scribbles of his younger self with contemporary marginal hindsights.

This thoughtful, illuminating collection will delight not only lovers of wine, food, history and travel but also anyone who enjoys the intoxicating power of words.

Biographical Notes

Hugh Johnson is the world's pre-eminent writer on wine. First published in 1977, his Pocket Wine Book sells hundreds of thousands of copies a year. With the publication of his first book, Wine, Johnson established himself at the age of twenty-seven as the most refreshing and authoritative voice on the subject. During the past four decades he has written books that have become landmarks on the subject, including his classic The World Atlas of Wine, co-authored with Jancis Robinson, his Wine Companion, first published in 2003, and The Story of Wine. In his spare time he writes about gardening from his home in London.

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  • ISBN: 9781784722623
  • Publication date: 08 Sep 2016
  • Page count: 288
  • Imprint: Mitchell Beazley
Mitchell Beazley

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Chai, Chaat & Chutney

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Chetna Makan

Chetna Makan has travelled to the four corners of India - Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Chennai - sampling the extreme varieties of street food on offer. Each area has subtle differences in ingredients and techniques, making the cuisine completely unique and full of character.In Chai, Chaat & Chutney, Chetna has taken inspiration from the street and created delicious recipes that are simple to cook at home. The result is a completely fresh take on Indian cuisine - try Tamarind Stuffed Chillis, Chana Dal Vada with Coconut Chutney and Sticky Bombay Chicken from the South or let your senses venture to the North for Chole, one of the ultimate curries, sweet Carrot Halwa, Pani Puri and Cardamom & Pistachio Kulfi.

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Aperitivo

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Ophélie Neiman
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Stephen Brook
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Stephen Brook

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Essential Winetasting

Michael Schuster
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Michael Schuster

The first edition of Essential Winetasting won numerous prizes for Best Wine Book of the Year immediately after it was published. This new edition has 20% more pages, the whole volume (in particular the central section on Grapes and Their Wines and The Tastings) has been substantially rewritten and updated, and there are numerous new illustrations. The maps have been completely revised and they all have up-to-date statistics for the 2014 vintage. The nine practical Tastings have been redesigned, each now with an initial advice panel on preparatory reading from the book, plus a subsequent quiz panel as a reinforcement. The See Also boxes remain, on almost every spread, as a cross reference system for the whole volume, a uniquely powerful learning tool. At the more advanced tasting level there is a completely new and detailed Quality Calibration Tasting on perceiving and recognizing quality, and a comprehensive section on Blind Tasting in all its forms. Additional new material covers Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines; Alcohol; Wine Gadgets; and Wine at Home and On the Table. Above all the book offers a particularly clear and precise means of teaching yourself how to taste and how to get more out of your wine, whatever your level.

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Fifty Cars that Changed the World

Everything around us is designed. Design has the ability to transform environments, bring about social change, improve our quality of life. It can be exciting or frivolous, bold or subtle, daring or loud. The car is no exception. For more than a century, the car has adapted and transformed, and has been a remarkably powerful catalyst for change. But how much do we actually know about it? Fifty Cars That Changed the World explores the top 50 cars that have made a substantial impact in the world of design today. These cars are icons, as sculptural objects, products of avant-garde industrialism, remarkable pieces of engineering, or as symbols of national prestige. The cars in this book demonstrate the playful, emotional, seductive and technical aspects of design. From the 1908 Ford Model T to the 1998 smart car, the Lamborghini Miura to the Toyota Prius, this book encapsulates a century of car design, and allows you to explore the special place cars hold in design history.With stunning photography selected by the Design Museum, Fifty Cars that Changed the World is the perfect gift for design lovers and motoring enthusiasts of all ages.

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World Atlas of Beer

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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2017

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The Retronaut Guide to Raising Children

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The highly successful Retronaut blog looks at the past as it has never been looked at before. Here, in the second of a new series of Retronaut books, the site's founder, Wolfgang Wild, brings you a thought-provoking collection of photographs from our hidden history. Often witty and entertaining, but also thought-provoking and at times puzzling, the images are chosen to shift our perceptions, making us think-and look again. Discover what our ancestors considered to be good parenting in the days before the 'care' was put into childcare, from dangerous sports to the best brand of cigarette for your baby. A perfectly reassuring gift for today's new parent, this book will also appeal to anyone who likes pictures of babies in sunglasses.

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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2016

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