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Good Day for a Picnic: Simple Food That Travels Well

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ISBN13: 9780060726805
ISBN10: 0060726806
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Bored with traditional picnic fare? Coleslaw? Potato salad? Soggy sandwiches? In Good Day for a Picnic, Jeremy Jackson offers up a collection of new recipe ideas for the park and the patio, the backyard and the beach, and beyond.

This is not a book of "classics" — after all, who needs another fried-chicken recipe? It's a fresh, flavorful (and funny) look at picnics. The 120 recipes include everything from drinks and starters to sandwiches, entrées, and desserts. There's Ginger Iced Tea and Fig Pâté, Lamb Pita Meze and Noodles with Walnut and Blue Cheese Pesto, Sour Cherry Mini-Crumbles and Strawberry Cupcakes. The dishes are simple, wholesome, and quick to prepare, with lots of make-aheads and tips on food transport.

In Good Day for a Picnic, Jeremy Jackson gives dining alfresco the attention it deserves.So whether you've found a sunny spot of grass or a cozy patch of carpet, it's time to spread out the food and dig in!

Review:

"In this collection of pleasant enough recipes, Jackson (The Cornbread Book) takes one of our most enduring leisure activities and complicates it absurdly. His aggressively quirky introduction starts with the observation that any food eaten outside will taste better than when eaten indoors. Fair enough, but doesn't that make a book of specially devised picnic foods counterintuitive? Jackson goes on to recommend concoctions like Sekanjabin, a Mideastern sweet and sour drink made with vinegar and mint, and Crepes Stuffed with Chard, Feta, Pine Nuts, and Golden Raisins. Neither would fare well when stashed in a knapsack slung over the shoulder as one heads into the great outdoors. Many of these dishes are meant to be served warm, like Cornsomm, a soup made of a single shallot, three ears of corn and a few thyme sprigs, to be transported in a thermos. Make Your Own Spring Rolls (with Two Sauces) aka 'Choose Your Own Adventure Spring Rolls' aren't only a mouthful to pronounce, but require assembling small, separate bowls of 10 different ingredients. Even the appealingly seasonal Chunky Summer Salad with Peaches, Tomatoes, and Farmer Cheese is better if tossed together on-site, Jackson admits. The recipes are all competent, and some sound delicious, but they're never going to replace potato salad and fried chicken. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The author of "The Cornbread Book" offers more than 100 new recipe ideas for the park, patio, backyard, beach, and beyond in this inventive cookbook perfect for summer--and every season. 12 photos.

About the Author

Jeremy Jackson is the author of The Cornbread Book, the first cookbook devoted solely to America's bread of breads. A graduate of Vassar College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Jeremy has written about food for the Chicago Tribune and is also the author of two novels, Life at These Speeds and In Summer. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.In His Own Words. . .

Though I was born in Ohio, I grew up with my family on a farm in the Ozark borderlands of Missouri. We raised cattle and hay and had a garden the size of Texas. At various times we had horses, cattle, a pig, sheep, chickens, ducks, and a pony. We ate a lot of these animals, but not the pony. We also had wild blackberries and persimmons and walnuts on our farm. And a pear tree. And we caught fish in our ponds. We ate some of them, too.

For some crazy reason, I headed off to Vassar College, thinking that I would become a writer. Unfortunately, I did. It was all downhill from there, though the sex was good. From Vassar I went straight into the Iowa Writers Workshop, where I wrote brilliant stories about bunnies, marbles, and a talking mailbox named Ruth. Then I spent a year writing a novel and a screenplay. Then I went and taught English back at Vassar for two years. Being a professor was a mind-numbing experience, though the sex was good. I quit that job and started being a writer full time, which was very much like being a writer part time except that it took a lot more time and I felt much more guilty when I didnt write anything. I moved from Poughkeepsie back to Iowa, which is kind of like moving from the outer circles of hell to the Garden of Eden. I bought a house here. It's a nice Craftsman-style bungalow. Plus there's a sauna.

In addition to The Cornbread Book, I'm the author of Life at These Speeds, a literary novel. There isn't any cornbread in the novel. Right now I'm writing a second novel. And my next cookbook, Desserts That Have Killed Better Men Than Me, is already on the way. There isn't any cornbread in it, either, mostly just butter and heavy cream.

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dfrenchkis, July 12, 2009 (view all comments by dfrenchkis)
With the economy such as it is, many people are looking for new ways to have summer fun and do it at very little cost. This book expands on traditional picnic ideas and allows the readers to try new and different foods for outdoor picnics. "Staycations" have become the new norm and this could help families to achieve a new twist on an old standard by introducing new food combinations to families. Make is a park picnic so the food does not have to travel far and adults and children will get to try a day out with new adventures in eating.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060726805
Author:
Jackson, Jeremy
Publisher:
MorrowCB
Subject:
Picnicking
Subject:
Regional & Ethnic - American - General
Subject:
Methods - Outdoor
Subject:
Entertaining - General
Subject:
Outdoor
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Outdoor
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20050503
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.36x7.66x.85 in. 1.28 lbs.

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Related Subjects

Cooking and Food » Dishes and Meals » Breakfast and Lunch
Cooking and Food » General
Cooking and Food » Outdoor » General
Cooking and Food » Regional and Ethnic » United States » Ethnic
Cooking and Food » Regional and Ethnic » United States » General
Cooking and Food » Special Occasions » Entertaining

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Product details 224 pages William Morrow & Company - English 9780060726805 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this collection of pleasant enough recipes, Jackson (The Cornbread Book) takes one of our most enduring leisure activities and complicates it absurdly. His aggressively quirky introduction starts with the observation that any food eaten outside will taste better than when eaten indoors. Fair enough, but doesn't that make a book of specially devised picnic foods counterintuitive? Jackson goes on to recommend concoctions like Sekanjabin, a Mideastern sweet and sour drink made with vinegar and mint, and Crepes Stuffed with Chard, Feta, Pine Nuts, and Golden Raisins. Neither would fare well when stashed in a knapsack slung over the shoulder as one heads into the great outdoors. Many of these dishes are meant to be served warm, like Cornsomm, a soup made of a single shallot, three ears of corn and a few thyme sprigs, to be transported in a thermos. Make Your Own Spring Rolls (with Two Sauces) aka 'Choose Your Own Adventure Spring Rolls' aren't only a mouthful to pronounce, but require assembling small, separate bowls of 10 different ingredients. Even the appealingly seasonal Chunky Summer Salad with Peaches, Tomatoes, and Farmer Cheese is better if tossed together on-site, Jackson admits. The recipes are all competent, and some sound delicious, but they're never going to replace potato salad and fried chicken. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The author of "The Cornbread Book" offers more than 100 new recipe ideas for the park, patio, backyard, beach, and beyond in this inventive cookbook perfect for summer--and every season. 12 photos.

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