Bread & Wine (credit: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

Bread & Wine (credit: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Two new food books (one is about wine actually) hit my desk at the same time and they’re both appealing. First is The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. It’s revised and updated with brand new recipes and is written by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. & Zoe Francois.

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In this new addition they make it so easy to virtually bake bread daily. In addition to the basic bread recipes, they’ve interspersed a lot of other recipes for things that go with that bread.

One is for Portuguese Broa bread that contains a lot of cornmeal. To accompany it, they include a recipe for Portuguese fish stew. It sounds delicious, but the simple idea of making a dough in advance and storing it in the refrigerator and taking out a little at a time is actually very clever.

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The other book is The New California Wine: a guide to the producers and wines behind a revolution in taste. Written by Jon Bonne, the wine editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, this book deals with what’s been going on with California wine and how it has evolved in recent years. This impressive book also features discussion of over 600 wines and includes detailed maps of growing regions and vineyards.

Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades. You can hear him Saturdays at 10:53am, 12:53pm and 4:53pm, and at 2:53am Sunday on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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