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Time to invite some friends round!,
This review is from: Friends at My Table: A year of eating, drinking and making merry (Hardcover)This book was written for people just like me. People who love festivals and relaxed atmospheres; but demand quality food and sophisticated flavours.
The book is separated into seasons and within each season there are menus for specific events. Examples include, a weekend away with friends, a bridal shower, even a (rather glamorous) camping trip; and yet all recipes could easily be downsized to feed fewer mouths and are delicious enough to be served alone, without the rest of their menu.
The photography in this book has a distinctly vintage, 'boho' feel that compliments the relaxed nature of the food. This is not a book of stuffy dinner parties and harassed hostesses, this is a book of stress free foods and laid back entertaining. Hart's writing is easy and informal and she chooses to include just the right amount of 'basic information', to come across as informative as opposed to patronising. Yes I like this book!
There are some oddities though :-S The inclusion of a page of information on foraging is understandable given the 'eat local and when in season' ethos of this and indeed most modern recipe books, but the decision to include notes on the names of different types of cloud is a strange one, as is the page on paddling??
That said, the quirkiness of these pages only adds to the book and indeed my 9 year old swiftly pinched my copy and ran to garden to name every tuft of white in the sky. Adorable, though I'm sure it was an activity intended for an afternoon eating mezze.
I would recommend this book, particularly to a modern, sociable cook or an old hippy!!!