…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.
“…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 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 book club, including a former cookbook reviewer, from the SF Bay Area