First-time author John McReynolds, culinary director at Stone Edge Farm in Sonoma, was doubly recognized by the International Association of Culinary Professionals in its 2014 Cookbook Awards.
McReynolds' "Stone Edge Farm Cookbook," a 6-pound, 372-page tome with more than 100 original recipes, won the First Book Julia Child Award as well as the prestigious "Cookbook of the Year" award.
Stone Edge Farm is owned by Leslie and Mac McQuown, who believe fine wine should be enjoyed with fresh, wholesome food. The 16-acre farm produces award-winning cabernet sauvignon wines and more than 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables as well as olive oil, honey, herbs and eggs.
"I wanted this cookbook to be about place, because Stone Edge Farm is such a lush, diverse and special place," McReynolds said. "I guess we needed something this big to capture the beauty, bounty and scope of the farm."
<strong> 'Barefoot Contessa' speaking Wednesday:</strong> Chef and Food Network host Ina Garten, the "Barefoot Contessa," talks about the pleasures of good food, cooked with passion, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.
A former White House nuclear policy analyst, Garten is known for designing recipes with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and time-saving tips. She started her culinary career with a retail store, then expanded into cookbooks, magazines and TV.
VIP tickets ($125) include a pre-show reception with Garten and an autographed copy of her newest book.
Regular tickets are $45-$65. To reserve, go to <a href="http://wellsfargocenterarts.org" target="_blank">wellsfargocenterarts.org</a> or call 546-3600. 50 Mark West Springs Road.