by Laura Catena

Chronicle Books, $27.50, 239 pages

The travel and tourism department of Argentina must be elated about the publication of this book. It is a beautiful travel guide that delves much deeper than the wines of Argentina. This book is beautifully designed, from the photographs and inclusion of recipes, to the graphics and typography, even down to the feel and the smell of the paper. These are all things we book lovers enjoy about reading, when handling and viewing the book is as much a part of the adventure as the words on the page. Laura Catena does a lovely job blending the culture of Argentina through the wines, the food, and the culture. Known mostly for producing Malbec wines, this book goes into much more depth than the wine. The descriptions and images of the terroir invite you to visit and experience Argentina and be among the people.

Reviewed by Janet Wright