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Enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Restaurant Saul and Damascus Bakery while Carroll Gardens author Tony DiDio reads from his new book "Renaissance Guide to Wine & Food Pairing" (Alpha, $18.95) at BookCourt on Sept. 4.

DiDio’s "Wine & Food Pairing," written with Amy Zavatto, has forewords by chef Daniel Boulud and his sommelier from Restaurant Daniel, Jean Luc Le Du.

According to Le Du, DiDio and Zavatto began their collaboration when they "met on the sidewalks of Brooklyn while looking for the perfect prosciutto in one of the many great food markets."

Le Du is a fan of the pair’s accessible writing style which is intended for everyone from "consumer to connoisseur."

"They make wine simple because they were brought up in households where wine was a staple of every meal, not a prize served to impress guests," writes Le Du. "Tony still makes Zinfandel in his apartment, just like his grandpa taught him to, and maintains a working garden behind his apartment."

In their introduction, the authors say they hope to change readers’ attitudes about wine as a special occasion drink. In fact, "The occasion to drink wine is any time you sit down to a meal," they write, thus the word "renaissance" in the title refers to a revelation you’ll have about wine rather than the era in European history.

DiDio’s book offers a bit of wine’s history as well as insight from experts such as chef Michael Lomonaco, formerly of Windows on the World, and Rick Moonen, chef and owner of RM restaurant in Manhattan. There are also interviews with winemakers such as Paul Draper of Ridge Vineyards.

"Wine & Food Pairing" is also just an easy-to-use reference guide full of charts to grab off your shelf when you’re looking for wines to pair with fowl, with spicy foods, with vegetables, with fish, etc.

The reading will take place at 7 pm on Sept. 4 at BookCourt (163 Court St. at Dean Street in Cobble Hill). The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (718) 875-3677.

- Lisa J. Curtis
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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