Cook the Book: 'A16 Food + Wine'

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In the U.S., the term road food has less-than-appetizing connotations: soggy drive-thru burgers, chicken nuggets made from meat with questionable origins, and corn syrup-infused coffee beverages.

Not so in Italy, where the Autostrada Sedici (Highway Sixteen) runs between Naples and Canosa in Puglia and is studded with rustic trattorias and local wineries. While conducting research for a new San Francisco restaurant, Nate Appleman and Shelley Lindgren found themselves cruising back and forth along the A16, which gave them "a sense of direction in the unfamiliar surroundings." So it's no surprise that they chose it as both the name of their highly acclaimed restaurant and their cookbook, A16 Food + Wine.

A16 Food + Wine begins with an exhaustive overview of Italian wines, from Campania to Sardinia, Aglianico to Vernaccia. The second half of this coffee table–worthy tome is devoted to classic recipes for rustic, approachable dishes made from fresh produce, silken cheeses, and top-quality pastas, breads, and meats. Each recipe also includes a special wine suggestion. I can't wait to try the Braised Halibut with Pistachios, Preserved Meyer Lemon, and Capers; the Pizza Pomodoro with Ricotta; or the Pork Loin Spiedino with Pine Nut, Garlic, and Currant Soffritto.

Win 'A16 Food + Wine'

In addition to excerpting a recipe each day this week we're giving away five (5) copies of A16 Food + Wine. To enter for a chance to win, simply tell us in the comments section below: What is the most memorable glass of wine you have ever had?

Five (5) people will be chosen at random from among eligible comments below. Comments will close Monday, September 8 at noon ET. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.