The Kitchen in the Cellar: not only a cookbook it’s an inspiring story of our journey.

 “…got away this weekend to find quiet time and inspiration. Your book unknowingly became a big part of it. Thank you for finishing this book when you did. I love it! Maybe God does work in mysterious ways?”
– as reviewed by a man who is a long-time Narrow Gate Cellar Club member

“The recipes are so well laid out and approachable.”

“The photography is more than well done; it’s superb.”

“I thought I’d just note the commentary and focus on the recipes.  It is so well written and engaging I’ve stopped reading other books and look forward to the rest of the story.”

“The religious journey is a logical part of the whole and seamlessly included.  I’ve read similar books where it is ‘in your face’ and detracts from the total package.”

– accumulated reviews from a social gathering of a group of book lovers, including a former cookbook reviewer, from the SF Bay Area


…from the back cover

The Kitchen in the Cellar: A Recipe for Reinvention is a cookbook-memoir filled with over 100 seasonally inspired, wine-friendly recipes for everyday cooking. 

As co-owner and chef of Narrow Gate Vineyards, located in the El Dorado appellation of the Sierra Foothills of Northern California, Teena Hildebrand shares the creative recipes and wine pairings she’s made and served over a 15-year span for thousands of her winery guests, friends, and family. Woven throughout is the story of the Hildebrands’ adventurous journey of pursuing their implausible dream to plant a vineyard and build a winery, and the miracles that made the dream a reality. Their recipe for reinvention unfolds through the inspiring story of their leap of faith from fashion to wine and from city life to country life, while maneuvering through a constant maze of seemingly impossible-to-overcome obstacles. Hildebrand weaves in her personal culinary journey, which began at age nine and was first inspired by Graham Kerr, The Galloping Gourmet. Forty-five years later she met him in his kitchen, and here she shares how Kerr’s influence in her life today goes far beyond food and wine.

Hers is a story of food, faith, and never giving up on your dreams. 

Teena’s book update

I began my cookbook/memoir project almost 8 years ago. As I approach the finish-line I am so happy, and relieved, to announce that The Kitchen in The Cellar, a recipe for reinvention is in the final copy edit and design stages and expected to be released by late spring 2019.

Our miraculous Narrow Gate story, much of it set in beautiful El Dorado wine country, includes the early influences that led my husband, Farmer Frank, into agriculture and winemaking, and me into cooking. Ten adventurous vignettes indwell six chapters filled with over 100 recipes, most of which I’ve made for our winery’s food and wine pairing events. The vignettes narrate the adventurous steps of faith that we took, in the face of adversity, to pursue our dream of being reinvented, while colorful photographs of the recipes and of our life on the farm now, and before Narrow Gate Vineyards, bring the recipes and our journey to life.

Adding to this inspiring story is also a peek into the present life of my childhood cooking inspiration, Graham Kerr, The Galloping Gourmet, with whom I have developed a blossoming friendship. 

Thank you all for your encouragement and for cheering me on in this project. We are almost there… but please don’t stop asking Is your book done yet?

With gratitude,

Teena Hildebrand

Biodynamic Agriculture

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it…” Psalm 24:1

Since acquiring our land in 2000 we have yearned to steward it with integrity and passion. After all, who in their right mind would sell a zero lot-line, patio home near the beach and move everything to a 91-acre parcel with nothing on it but native grass, weeds, Ponderosa pine, oak & cedar?

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