Can't remember the last time I plunged full-on into a cookbook the way I have with Ed Lee's Smoke & Pickles. Maybe my initial obsession with The French Laundry cookbook was similar, albeit for different reasons. The thing about Ed Lee's book is that it is full of food I want to eat. Quite simply, the recipes are challenging enough to be interesting without being intimidating, and the food tastes great.
Agnes & Rene Mosse, a husband and wife team that produces natural wines from vineyards in Anjou, near the Loire Valley in France. A nice everyday wine that you can find around town for $20.