How to Eat a Peach: Menus Stories and Places

By Diana Henry. When Diana Henry was sixteen she started a menu notebook (an exercise book carefully covered in wrapping paper). Planning a menu is still her favorite part of cooking.

Menus can create very different moods; they can take you places, from an afternoon at the seaside in Brittany to a sultry evening eating mezze in Istanbul. They also have to work as a meal that flows and as a group of dishes that the cook can manage without becoming totally stressed. The 24 menus and 100 recipes in this book reflect places Diana loves, and dishes that are real favorites.

The menus are introduced with personal essays in Diana’s now well-known voice- about places or journeys or particular times and explain the choice of dishes. Each menu is a story in itself, but the recipes can also stand alone.

The title of the book refers to how Italians end a meal in the summer, when it’s too hot to cook. The host or hostess just puts a bowl of peaches on the table and offers glasses of chilled moscato (or even Marsala). Guests then slice their peach into the glass, before eating the slices and drinking the wine.

That says something very important about eating – simplicity and generosity and sometimes not cooking are what it’s about.

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Wine & Coloring Night at Spark Arts

Join us Friday May 19th from 7:00-9:00pm at Spark Arts for a night of coloring, wine, refreshments and to meet the new owner Cynthia Rauschert! We will provide the supplies, the wine and light fare for a night of coloring across the street at the NEW Spark Arts. Grab some girlfriends, a date, or come to meet some new friends. $15 per person.

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A History of Connecticut Wine

A History of Connecticut Wine: Vineyard in Your Backyard

By Eric D. Lehman & Amy Nawrocki

Wine has been meticulously crafted in Connecticut ever since colonists discovered wild grapes growing on their land. At first glance the New England climate appears inhospitable for this fastidious fruit but a number of varieties thrive here, including pinot gris, chardonnay, cabernet franc, cayuga white and st. croix. These carefully cultivated grapes have produced wines of unique characteristics and surprising quality. Join local wine enthusiasts Eric D. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki as they explore the intricacies of the region’s local blends, the vintners that craft them, and the people who taste them. With vineyards and wineries in every corner of the state, you’re likely to find one that suits your palate in your backyard!

Byrd’s Books will be hosting a special author event and wine tasting on Saturday, July 21st. Click here for details!

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