New Books added to Purple Foot Library

January 04, 2022 12:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The following was submitted by our Librarian, Gordon Rouse:


I have added some books to our collection from both club member recommendations as well as  others that have been donated by members and nonmembers.  Take a look at these and the full list on the club website.  If you know of something that you would like to see and we don’t have it on our list, please let me know and we’ll add it to our wish list.  If you’re interested in taking something out, you can reach me at  We’ll get it to you either at a meeting or perhaps by mail.  

Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World's Smells  

By Harold McGee.  

This former NY Times columnist writes about the science of food and cooking.  Here is a story of the world, of every smell under our collective nose. A work of astounding scholarship and originality, Nose Dive distills the science behind the smells and translates it, as only McGee can, into an accessible and entertaining guide. Incorporating the latest insights of biology and chemistry, and interweaving them with personal observations, he reveals how our sense of smell has the power to expose invisible, intangible details of our material world and trigger in us feelings that are the very essence of being alive.  Hardcover 2020


Wine & War: The French, The Nazis & The Battle For France's Greatest Treasure 

By Don and Petie Kladstrup

The remarkable untold story of France’s courageous, clever vintners who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II.

In 1940, France fell to the Nazis and almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Like others in the French Resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, but the tale of their extraordinary efforts has remained largely unknown–until now. This is the thrilling and harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them. Wine and War illuminates a compelling, little-known chapter of history, and stands as a tribute to extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, in a very real way, saved the spirit of France.  Paperback  2002


Tony Aspler's Cellar Book

By Tony Aspler  

How to Design, Build, Stock, and Manage Your Wine Cellar Wherever You Live

Tony Aspler returns with a book for anyone who has fallen under the spell of the glorious grape — and dreamed of having their very own wine cellar.

Tony Aspler’s Cellar Book provides guidelines for anyone, whether their regular tipple is a $15-Australian or a $100-Bordeaux, who wants to keep a supply of wines that will age with grace and flavour and be ready to consume for a mid-week dinner or a spontaneous celebration. Tony’s suggestions for general approaches to establishing a cellar, specific bottles and even themes will help you create the perfect collection — big or small. Basic techniques for evaluating the right cellar for your needs are accompanied by sidebars of cellaring experience and advice from well-known wine celebrities. Follow Tony as he builds his own cellar in his condo, while picking up tips on how to build your own.  Paperback 2009


The Homebuilt Winery

By Steve Hughes

43 projects for Building and Using Winemaking Equipment.  Useful tools that you can make yourself.  Build your own winery! Learn how to set up a home winery and construct all the basic equipment for just a fraction of what commercially manufactured products would cost. Leading you through the entire winemaking process, Steve Hughes includes building plans and step-by-step instructions for making more than 30 essential winemaking tools. From fashioning presses and pumps to the best way to fill and cork bottles, The Homebuilt Winery covers everything you need to know to affordably enjoy delicious, high-quality homemade wine.  Paperback 2012


The Wine Bible

By Karen MacNeil

910 pages on everything about wine appreciation, especially wine regions of the world. 10th printing.  Comprehensive, entertaining, authoritative, and endlessly interesting, The Wine Bible is a lively course from an expert teacher, grounding the reader deeply in the fundamentals—vine-yards and varietals, climate and terroir, the nine attributes of a wine’s greatness—while layering on tips, informative asides, anecdotes, definitions, photographs, maps, labels, and recommended bottles. Discover how to taste with focus and build a wine-tasting memory. The reason behind Champagne’s bubbles. Italy, the place the ancient Greeks called the land of wine. An oak barrel’s effect on flavor. Sherry, the world’s most misunderstood and underappreciated wine. How to match wine with food—and mood.

Plus everything else you need to know to buy, store, serve, and enjoy the world’s most captivating beverage.   Paperback 2001


The Beer Book 

By Tim Hampson

Listing more than 800 breweries and 1700 beers from all over the world.

Beer: the drink to taste, savor, talk about, and travel for. Explore its rapidly expanding horizons-- thirst-quenching lagers, "meal in a glass" stouts, peppery white bears, tangy fruit-based brews, and classic ales and bitters-- with this guide to every good beer in the world. Discover the beers to try and how best to enjoy them.  Paperback 2008


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