Foodies are probably rolling their eyes when the see the headline of this blog. Duh, they’re thinking. I tried to buy this book for my father-in-law for Christmas (the book was stuck in customs and just arrived at the beginning of this month). Or, maybe that was just my sister-in-law.

The Perfect Bite offers fans of Jennifer Jasinski’s culinary universe a look inside of it. The renowned chef-owner of Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall has finally given Denver a look at Rioja’s recipes, 72 of them. In celebration of the book, and also a fine way to acquire it, Rioja is hosting a $150 seven-course dinner–which includes tax, gratuity and a copy of the book–with a cocktail and wine pairing throughout.

Menu for the Cookbook Dinner, Feb 2, 6 PM, Rioja

But, let’s get back to the book. Unsurprisingly, the artichoke and white truffle tortellioni makes the cover–something that most people who’ve ventured into Rioja have vivid dreams about for the rest of their lives–but so many other Rioja gems are at home-cooks’ fingertips in this hardback. I’ve never had any formal training in the kitchen, but, by looking at the artichoke tortellioni’s, it looks like anyone with a touch of patience can taste glory. The instructions leave no room for guesswork–they start with opening a package and how to handle ingredients for later, and include tips for cooking in general chef’s notes on timing/prep.

Look for items as simple as rhubarb strawberry jam, fine touches as lovely as Rioja’s version of an after dinner mint with crystallized mint leaves and as dynamic as potato and cheese pansoti with roasted acorn squash and pancetta vinaigrette.

The book is 34.95 and available at RiojaDenver.com, at Rioja, Bistro Vendome, Euclid Hall and local bookstores.

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