Cooking & Entertaining

Silver Oak Cookbook: Life in a Cabernet Kitchen - Seasonal Recipes from California's Celebrated Winery

Recipes that capture the casual elegance of California wine country. Silver Oak takes the reader on a culinary journey through the seasons at one of the world’s most revered vintners. Family owned for over forty years by the Duncan family, Silver Oak Cellars has built its reputation around its famously food-friendly cabernet sauvignons. The flagship Oakville winery has long been one of the most popular destinations for wine country visitors, along with its other tasting room in Alexander Valley. The Duncans also founded and operate Twomey Winery located in Napa Valley and Russian River Valley. Chef Dominic Orsini shares over one hundred of the winery’s favorite recipes, each paired with a different varietal, from Grilled Radicchio and Mascarpone Bruschetta to Beef Short Ribs with Meyer Lemon Gremolata to Roasted Lamb with Fennel Slaw and Tomato Confit. Filled with stunning photographs of the magical surrounding landscape, this gorgeous large-format cookbook is sure to make the perfect gift for any food and wine lover.

About The Author

Dominic Orsini, the executive chef of Silver Oak Cellars, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a certified sommelier.

Charlie Palmer is a master chef and hospitality entrepreneur with eleven restaurants, including Aureole in New York.

  • Publish Date: October 11, 2016
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Cooking - Seasonal
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 10-7/8 x 11
  • Pages: 308
  • US Price: $55.00
  • CDN Price: $75.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4998-7


"For any wine-lover, Silver Oak's Life in a Cabernet Kitchen . . . is an absolute must. It's chock full of brilliant, delicious, and seasonal farm-to-table recipes that are perfect to pair with your favorite glass of vino. While I have to say perusing the pages made me long for a dry Chardonnay in the countryside, what won me over was the Gouda creme brûlée. Yes, you read that correctly. If that's the kind of dish that gets you as excited as it does me, then be sure to check this book out!" 

"While the traditional way to fashion a meal is to first choose a recipe and subsequently pick a wine based on that palate, what if you were able to do things completely differently and make your favorite bottle of wine the center of attention? In Chef Dominic Orsini's new cookbook for Silver Oak Winery, he does just that, laying out a simple formula for elevating any recipe to the level of wine at hand." 

"'Silver Oak Cookbook: Life in a Cabernet Kitchen' (Rizzoli New York, 2016; $55) takes the reader on a journey through the seasons at California’s Silver Oak Cellars. Executive winery chef Dominic Orsini offers a farm-to-table odyssey through the vineyards, cellars, gardens, and kitchen and provides a new way of looking at wine and food pairings that is accessible for home chefs. The 100 recipes include Grilled Fig Bruscheeta with Prosciutto and Dijon Rosemary Leg of Lamb with Fregola Salad and Fava Beans."
—Arlington Advocate