Wine, Food & Friends: Karen’s Wine and Food Pairing Guide, Plus Over 100 Cooking Light Recipes

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Wine and cooking enthusiasts will know immediately that they have uncorked something truly magical with Karen MacNeil’s Wine, Food & Friends. This book combines the culinary expertise of Cooking Light with the wine connoisseurship of Karen MacNeil, today’s preeminent wine authority. Award-winning author, lecturer, and television personality, Karen is a champion when it comes to the enjoyment of food and wine, which she summarizes in “The Only Ten Principles of Matching Wine and Food You’ll Ever Need.” Pair Karen’s zeal for the art of wine with more than 150 Cooking Light kitchen-tested recipes and you have all the ingredients you need to reach new levels of gastronomical glory.


  • Build your culinary knowledge base by combining 30 top-rated menus and recipes with wine recommendations for every season and any occasion
  • More than 100 full color photographs give visual cues for presenting casually elegant dishes
  • Demystifies wine terms with Karen MacNeil’s tried-and-true food and wine matchmaking concepts
  • Offers Karen’s own Sip Tips-easy-to-remember wine descriptors and non-intimidating advice on buying, ordering, and serving wine

Editorial Reviews

Karen MacNeil is a Cooking Light columnist, host of the popular PBS series Wine, Food & Friends, author of the award-winning The Wine Bible, and 2004 winner of the “Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional” award from the James Beard Foundation. She is currently the chairperson of the Wine Department at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California, and is a frequent lecturer and speaker.

The pairing of Karen, with her evangelical zeal for wine, and Cooking Light, with its millions of devoted followers, is a match made in culinary heaven. Viewers who have enjoyed Karen’s PBS program will love this gorgeously designed hardcover book even more.

About the Author

For the last 30 years, Karen has been a writer, consultant, and educator whose articles on wine and food have been published in more than 50 United States magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur, and Town & Country. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Wine Bible, a best-selling wine book in the United States that has sold more than 450,000 copies since it was released. Ten years in the making, The Wine Bible has been called the most comprehensive and authoritative book on wine written by an American author.

Karen is the host of Emmy-award winning Wine, Food & Friends with Karen MacNeil, the first television series on wine in the United States. This thirteen-part series reached a national audience on PBS. In 2006 her companion book, Wine, Food & Friends, was released.

An educator at heart, Karen is the creator and Chairman of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley. The multi-million dollar wine center has been called the ‘Harvard of wine education.’ In 2007, she launched the Napa Valley Wine Educators Academy, a global education initiative that attracts wine instructors from all over the world to the Napa Valley for a week of intensive study. She acts as the Academy’s creator and director.

Karen conducts wine seminars nationwide for individuals and corporations including Oracle, American Express, Lexus, Merrill Lynch, General Electric, Time Inc., NBC, Viking, and J.P. Morgan. She is also a wine consultant for Singapore Airlines and Sunset Magazine.

In March 2008, Karen launched her website on, where she provides online wine education, food and wine pairing strategies, and video interviews and tastings with the icons of the wine industry.

In 2004, Karen MacNeil received the highest honor awarded to a wine professional in the United States when the James Beard Foundation named her Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year. The following year, she was named 2005 Wine Educator of the Year by the European Wine Council. Past recipients of the Council’s awards have included journalist Morley Safer (60 Minutes), filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, and winemaker Robert Mondavi. In 2007, Karen was honored with the Wine Literary Award by the Wine Appreciation Guild for her substantial contribution to the literature of wine, joining laureates such as Hugh Johnson, Robert M. Parker, Jr., and Jancis Robinson. The International Wine & Spirit Competition recognized Karen as ‘the voice that has most effectively communicated wine or spirits to the public in the past year’ by awarding her The 2008 Vinitaly Trophy for Communicator of the Year. In a profile featured in Time Magazine in 2004, Karen was named America’s “Missionary of the Vine. She holds an Advanced Certified Wine Professional Degree.

Product Specifications

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; 1 edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848731220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848731229
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds

Additional information

Weight2.4 lbs
Dimensions10 × 1 × 11 in