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Simple Soirees: Seasonal Menus for Sensational Dinner Partiesby Christopher Hirsheimer
"Peggy Knickerbocker's Simple Soirées is a testament to good food and entertaining. Each menu includes tips for table decorating and a handy party planning guide, which details what can be done days or hours ahead of time. But the real treasure here are Knickerbocker's gorgeous recipes and her inimitable talent for marrying flavors...."
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Peggy Knickerbocker lives in two of the greatest food cities in the world, Paris and San Francisco, and she loves to give dinner parties wherever she is. In Simple Soiries: Seasonal Menus for Sensational Dinner Parties, the food journalist, former caterer, and restaurateur shares her passion, her welcoming spirit, and her secrets for creating a memorable party, whether it's a romantic dinner for two, a birthday party for a special friend, or a cocktail fundraiser.
The book includes 100 of the author's favorite recipes, organized into seasonal menus such as Warm Figs Wrapped in Serrano Ham, Roasted Salmon with Peas and Mint, and Heirloom Tomato Salad for summer, or Steak au Poivre, Braised Fennel and Garlic, and Double-Ginger Gingerbread for fall. With an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, the menus are always stylish and often feature an element of surprise. Knickerbocker also offers planning and preparation suggestions, as well as time-saving advice to make entertaining easy and fun. With beautiful photographs that capture the essence of the simple soirie, this delightful book will appeal to food lovers and party lovers alike.
"The best dinner parties are created with great care and attention to every detail, and sometimes it is the most minute detail that brings both host and guests to an elevated level of happiness. Let Peggy Knickerbocker's book be the go-to guide for throwing the ultimate party — whether it's a knock-down blowout or a simple dinner for six. With Simple Soirees as your guide, your next party can be a truly festive one." Mario Batali
"This is a superb, useful, charming cookbook, not only for experienced cooks, but for anyone who cares about good food. Peggy Knickerbocker's writing captures the special spirit of home dining; her recipes are impeccable; and Christopher Hirsheimer's beautiful photographs bring it all to life. A magnificent collaboration!" Paula Wolfert
"These romantic and delicious dinners are inspired by the beauty of real food and the pleasure Peggy derives from offering these dishes to her friends. We forget that food is deeply about nourishment and love, not about speed and convenience." Alice Waters
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