James Beard Award-Winning Authors of Innovative New Book on Food and Drink Set Off on the Internet's First Gastronomic 'Virtual Book Tour' on October 2nd

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Visiting two dozen Web sites during the month of October, authors Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page launch the first four weeks of the publication of their new book WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT without a single boarding pass -– from their home computer.

Marathon-running husband-and-wife authors Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page are on book tour this month wearing T-shirts and running shorts. That’s because the first month of stops while touring for their new book WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT (Little Brown; published today) are “virtual.”

Starting Monday, October 2nd, they’ll be visiting more than two dozen Web sites that have agreed to feature their new book on a specified weekday in October, running an announcement, book review, author Q&A, or something altogether different that its host has dreamed up.

Partcipating sites include some of the most lauded and/or popular food-loving sites on the Web, from David Leite’s http://www.LeitesCulinaria.com, winner of the first James Beard Award given to a Web site (2006), to Molly Wizenberg’s Orangette.Blogspot.com, which won the 2005 Food Blog Award as “Best Overall Food Blog.”

The authors’ “Virtual Book Tour” also includes a few quirky sites, such as the one run by Dr. Enoch Choi, a physician who claims the title of “22nd most popular wine blogger” and was profiled in The New York Times in August for his habit of blogging in bed.

This isn’t the first time Dornenburg and Page have been pioneers at the intersection of food and technology. In 1995, they hosted one of the first online food shows, “The Chef’s Dinner Club,” on AOL. In 1996, they co-hosted Julia Child for her first online chat on AOL, which was reported nationally from the Los Angeles Times to USA Today. Just this past May 8, 2006, they co-hosted the first Live Blog from backstage at the James Beard Awards, interviewing and photographing winners for their “Top 10 Food Blog” on http://www.BecomingAChef.com, which features Page receiving a birthday kiss from chef Mario Batali.

The “Virtual Book Tour” for WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea – Even Water – Based on Expert Advice From America’s Best Sommeliers kicks off today with stops in two of the world’s culinary capitals: Paris and New York. Paris host David Lebovitz (http://www.davidlebovitz.com) is an author and former Chez Panisse pastry chef. New York host Charlie Suisman publishes http://www.ManhattanUsersGuide.com and a daily e-newsletter covering the best – including restaurants – of New York. While the authors met Lebovitz in Paris last November, they have never met Suisman, who lives crosstown.

Other stops include GourmetFood.About.com (Oct. 3), http://www.MegNut.com (Oct. 4), DirtySugarCookies.Blogspot.com (Oct. 5), and MexicanFood.BellaOnline.com (Oct. 6). For the complete list of tour dates and sites, visit http://www.becomingachef.com/what_to_drink_virtual_book_tour.php.

For additional information, contact Julia Shannon at CookbookRave @ aol.com. For a review copy of WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT -- which is available today at better bookstores everywhere, including Amazon.com -- contact Aimee Bianca at YC Media at aimee @ ycmedia.com.

About the Authors:

Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page are the authors of Becoming a Chef, Dining Out, and The New American Chef -- all of which have been finalists for or winners of James Beard and/or IACP Book Awards. Dornenburg and Page have been featured extensively in the media, from “Today" to National Public Radio, the Food Network to CNN, as well as other TV and radio shows nationwide. The New York Times Company’s GourmetFood.About.com named their Blog at http://www.BecomingAChef.com/blog.dwt.php one of America’s “Top 10 Food Blogs,” and their popular e-newsletter goes out to more than 20,000 readers. Paired personally as well as professionally, the couple has been married since 1990 and lives in New York City.


Julia Shannon

CookbookRave @ aol.com




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