Great Wine Books


Here is a collection of great wine books that we use and love (and a few IT ones as well because we are also geeks).

Fishing
  Four Fish - by Paul Greenberg
Writer and life-long fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on a journey, examining the four fish that dominate our menus: salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna. Investigating the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, Greenberg reveals our damaged relationship with the ocean and its inhabitants. Just three decades ago, nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild. Today, rampant overfishing and an unprecedented biotech revolution have brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex marketplace. Four Fish offers a way for us to move toward a future in which healthy and sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception.
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Great Wine Books
  Drink Drank Drunk - by Ben Canaider and Greg Powell
Hilarius and very useful wine book offering reviews of great value and good drinking wines. Rather than the typical wine book that reviews 1872 Rothschilds, the authors drink and review value wines. A real ripper!
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  How to Taste: A Guide to Enjoying Wine - by Jancis Robinson
Whether Montessori or Merlot, kindergarten or Cabernet, the importance of a good instructor during the formative years is crucial. That's why newcomers to the world of wine could do a lot worse than having a corkscrew in one hand and a copy of Jancis Robinson's How to Taste in the other. A revision of 1983's Masterglass and published in the U.K. under the superior title Jancis Robinson's Wine-Tasting Workbook, How to Taste is a primer by a certified Master of Wine and star of the PBS series Jancis Robinson's Wine Course. From acidity to Australian Shiraz, oak to Oregon Pinot, Robinson delivers chapters of information and theory, intermingled with shaded "Practice" exercises, presented in a style as off-dry as one of the author's beloved Rieslings (the tannin in a lesser vintage Barolo is "like sucking on a matchstick").
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  Hugh Johnson's Cellar Book - by Hugh Johnson
Wine lovers can keep their cellar records in order with this smart, indispensable guide designed by award-winning author Hugh Johnson and laid out in the way he finds most useful. It begins with an illustrated essay on storing, opening, and enjoying wine, and then offers tips on how to plan a cellar and set up a system for intelligent wine storing and record keeping. We use and LOVE this book.
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  James Halliday Australian Wine Companion: 2010 Edition - by James Halliday
The ultimate, bestselling guide to wineries and wine in Australia, this new edition is fully updated and revised. Tasting notes for nearly 6,000 wines are offered alongside vintage-specific ratings and advice on optimal drinking, as well as each wine’s closure, alcohol content, and price. More than 140 new wineries are addressed, and important details on all wineries are provided, including brief histories, opening times, contact details, vineyard sizes, and web addresses. A full-color map of the country’s wine regions and a regional index that details available restaurants, accommodations, music events, and sales complete this indispensable reference for all enthusiasts of Australian wine.
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  Rump and a Rough Red - by Greg Powell
The best recipes tend to be born out of necessity. When ingredients are limited, the most important ingredient is ingenuity. Each chapter of "Rump and a Rough Red" focuses on a single classic ingredient and different ways to cook and serve it, always with an eye to thrift and flavour, and the glass of wine you're going to drink with the dish. Greg complements his recipes with witty, engaging anecdotes about food and wine. Key points: recipes focus on cooking to a budget and making the most of cheaper and time-honoured ingredients; an engaging history of key ingredients; and wine suggestions accompany each of the recipes.
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  The World Atlas of Wine - by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson
Hailed by critics worldwide as 'extraordinary' and 'irreplaceable', there are few volumes that have had as monumental an impact in their field as Hugh Johnson's The World Atlas of Wine: sales have exceeded four million copies, and it is now published in thirteen languages. World-renowned authors Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson once again combine their unrivalled talents to enhance this masterpiece of wine knowledge. There are now 48 extra pages, including 17 new color illustrations, 20 new maps, and for the first time ever double page spreads and full-page photos in the atlas section for maximum visual impact. New World coverage has been extended for both Australia and South America; some New World regions even have their own entries for the first time, including Rutherford, Oakville, and Stag's Leap from California; Mendoza (Argentina); Limestone Coast (Australia); Central Otago and Martinborough (New Zealand); and Constantia (South Africa). And Old World coverage has grown too, with the addition of Toro (Spain), the Peleponnese (Greece), and Georgia. It's a truly incomparable book, and an essential addition to every wine lover's or professional's library.
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  Wine Atlas of Australia - by James Halliday
Written by one of the most respected wine critics in the world, this book is an authoritative and comprehensive guide to the wine-growing regions of Australia. With his usual wit and erudition, James Halliday introduces the reader to each area with an informative overview of its distinguishing features and history, as well as the wine styles and individual wines for which that region is known. He includes contact details for many of the regions' wineries, along with profiles of the wineries' styles and signature labels. Superbly produced with more than 90 color maps and hundreds of illuminating color photos throughout, this user-friendly atlas provides everyone from the devoted connoisseur to the armchair enthusiast with a thorough understanding of why Australia is rapidly becoming one of the world's top wine regions. Australian wines are known not only for their quality but also for their unequalled, rainbowlike spectrum of styles. With a career that spans over forty years, the author is a consummate authority on every aspect of the wine industry, from the planting and pruning of vines through the creation and marketing of the finished product. His passion for his subject is evident and his insights brilliantly demonstrate how variety, climate, terroir, and technology have combined to produce superb wines that are just beginning to make their mark on the world.
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IT
  Beginning iPhone 3 Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK - by Jeff LaMarche and David Mark
Are you a programmer looking for a new challenge? Does the thought of building your very own iPhone app make your heart race and your pulse quicken? If so, Beginning iPhone 3 Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK is just the book for you. Updated and revised for iPhone SDK 3, many of the discussions in the original book have been clarified to make some of the more complex topics easier to understand. In addition, all of the projects have been rebuilt from scratch using the SDK 3 templates.
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  Learn Objective–C on the Mac (Learn Series) - by Mark Dalrymple and Scott Knaster
Take your coding skills to the next level with this extensive guide to Objective–C, the native programming language for developing sophisticated software applications for Mac OS X. Objective–C is a powerful, object–oriented extension of C, making this book the perfect follow–up to Dave Mark’s best–selling Learn C on the Mac, Mac OS X Edition. Whether you’re an experienced C programmer or you’re coming from a different language such as C++ or Java, leading Mac experts Mark Dalrymple and Scott Knaster show you how to harness the powers of Objective–C in your applications!
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  Learning iPhone Programming: From Xcode to App Store - by Alasdair Allan
Get the hands-on experience you need to program for the iPhone and iPod Touch. With this easy-to-follow guide, you'll build several sample applications by learning how to use Xcode tools, the Objective-C programming language, and the core frameworks. Before you know it, you'll not only have the skills to develop your own apps, you'll know how to sail through the process of submitting apps to the iTunes App Store.
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  Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Big Nerd Ranch Guides) - by Aaron Hillegass
Want to write applications for iOS or the Mac? This introduction to programming and the Objective-C language is the first step on your journey from someone who uses apps to someone who writes them.
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  Professional iPhone and iPad Database Application Programming - by Patrick Alessi
An enormous demand exists for getting iPhone applications into the enterprise and this book guides you through all the necessary steps for integrating an iPhone app within an existing enterprise. Experienced iPhone developers will learn how to take advantage of the built-in capabilities of the iPhone to confidently implement a data-driven application for the iPhone.
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  Programming in Objective-C (3rd Edition) (Developer''s Library) - by Stephen G. Kochan
Programming in Objective-C is a concise, carefully written tutorial on the basics of Objective-C and object-oriented programming for the iOS and Mac platforms.
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  The iOS 5 Developer's Cookbook: Core Concepts and Essential Recipes for iOS Programmers (3rd Edition - by Erica Sadun
In this book, bestselling author and iOS development guru Erica Sadun brings together all the information you need to quickly start building successful iOS apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Sadun has thoroughly revised this book to focus on powerful new iOS 5 features, the latest version of Objective-C, and the Xcode 4 development tools.
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  iOS 4 Programming Cookbook - by Vandad Nahavandipoor
You can build a variety of amazing apps on the iOS platform—and every one of them presents a unique set of problems. With the recipes in this cookbook, you'll go beyond theory to solve the vexing, real-life issues you’re likely to face when creating apps for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Each recipe provides a clear solution and sample code that you can use right away.
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  iPhone App Development: The Missing Manual - by Craig Hockenberry
Anyone with programming experience can learn how to write an iPhone app. But if you want to build a great app, there's a lot more to it than simple coding: you also need to know how design and market your creation. This easy-to-follow guide walks you through the entire process, from sketching out your idea to promoting the finished product.
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  iPhone Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide - by Joe Conway
Based on Big Nerd Ranch?s popular iPhone Bootcamp class, iPhone Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide leads you through the essential tools and techniques for developing applications for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. In each chapter, you will learn programming concepts and apply them immediately as you build an application or enhance one from a previous chapter. These applications have been carefully designed and tested to teach the associated concepts and to provide practice working with the standard development tools Xcode, Interface Builder, and Instruments. The guide?s learn-while-doing approach delivers the practical knowledge and experience you need to design and build real-world applications.
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