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Bridgehampton Weekends: Easy Menus for Casual Entertaining Hardcover – 1 Jun 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Like it 13 Mar. 2014
By lflight - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a magazine style cookbook. It not only has some great recipes but it has beautiful photos of the celebrations. Very pretty and nice to have around.
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3.0 out of 5 stars all the pretty little horses 15 July 2002
By K. P. Coffaro - Published on
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The "once Upon a time in the Hamptons" tv mini-series inspired me to purchase this book, which I hoped would provide a bigger taste of the good life. Though the menus were rather homely for what I would expect, I rarely give complicated artsy-fartsy gourmet affairs more than a second glance; so in all fairness, this cookbook was just the thing for me, simple and practical, yet elegant--something I might cook from if I could bear to get it dirty. The photography is delightful; half the pictures contain hidden messages, half again of which you probably imagined after catching the first. I might sound like a paranoid schizophrenic doing book reviews for a psychotherapy assignment, but hey, the author and her husband once worked in the white House, be smart! Is that a "yankee pumpkin" far left in the Halloween spread? Native New Englanders know what the frustrated redcoats, far away from their ladies, did with THOSE during the revolutionary war. Towards the end of the book is a bizarre photo with a scrabble board center stage. The facing plaque spells: "THERFBI." WHO?!? Pretty spicy stuff here. The pictures could use some captions, Back to the recipes themselves, I would say they are about average quality-Wise. I should warn you I must have UpWards of seven hundred cookbooks, am a fairly accomplished cook myself, and can often tell a good recipe at glance without making it, so my assessment of "Bridgehampton Weekends" cookability might be a bit Off. There were a few off-beat offerings like "white House Saltines" I appreciated. But I couldn't give it my best thumbz up with things like angel food cakes calling for all-purpose flour and stock made with bouillon, not even as substitute ingredients. Not in the Hamptons--well, perhaps; maybe they always eat out there! (Or maybe there's something more than meets the eye here, too; gotta remember the Hamptons are a place of intrigue, murder, and mayhem!) Still, the generous amount of background to each menu made the book worthwhile for me, again because I have so many cookbooks I get bored if they aren't also a good read, which this most definitely is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Elegant Entertaining 6 Nov. 2000
By Crystal H. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
What would you get if you took Martha's eye for presentation but left off the obsessive-compulsive side? It would probably be something along the lines of Ellen Wright's beautiful book. Photographer Tom Eckerle's gorgeous pictures show off the natural beauty of The Hamptons as well as the artful arrangement of Wright's mostly casual home-style food. Many of the seasonally arranged menus feature old-fashioned dishes and none of the recipes could be mistaken for haute cuisine. Wright unabashedly uses baking mix and iceberg lettuce and wouldn't dream of asking you to make mayonnaise from scratch. Her philosophy is that inviting someone into your home for a meal is not about impressing them with your 4-star cuisine, but about making them feel comfortable and appreciated and well-fed. She reminds us that good food, lovingly prepared, an attractive setting and pleasant company are the hallmarks of gracious entertaining. She obviously is doing something right as James Beard and Tom Brokaw are but two of the luminaries who have graced her table and sung her praises. In an era of knock-your-socks-off culinary one-upmanship, Ellen Wright is a voice of gracious good sense. Relax, drop the pretense and enjoy entertaining again. Not to be missed: Banged Chicken and Brown Sugar Peach Pie.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy Food for Everyone! 3 Sept. 2000
By CRP - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I know, I know, I am the daughter of the author but I have to say something about the book. (Remember one can be objective about a family member). FIRST the quality of the food: I have been cooking a lot of these recipes - some for the past 15 years and they are something to be proud of! Really delicious and so easy. Exceptional recipes (which I literally dream about) include: lima bean & pea puree, the meat loaf, the split pea soup, the rice pilaf, the bourbon cake, the red velvet cake and the chicken fricassee. Just to name a few. SECOND the variety of foods and recipes: which is a tribute to the author and her life experiences and are truly diverse! Just look at how many cultures and countries are represented here. FINALLY, Tom Eckerle's photographs: which are exquisite and transforms the book into not only a well-worn cookbook but a "coffeetable book" as well. My hats off to you, mom. I'm proud of you. How nice of you to share with everyone.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful gift for friends! 19 April 2001
By AB - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Last month, I received Bridgehampton Weekends as a housewarming gift with a note: "Hope your home and friends are as warm as this book." It is the first book of it's type (cooking) that I've actually read from cover to cover. The stories and thoughts are wonderful and the recipes mix and match food in such clever ways -- from presentation to preparation to color and calories. And the special tips from Ellen in the margins of the book take any fear away -- what a good idea for an author to think ahead of how a reader could get in trouble! It's like she's with you in the kitchen. I can see why famous people like Tom Brokaw and David Brinkley love her way of entertaining. Finally, the pictures by Tom Eckerle are beautiful -- the Hamptons should be photographed more often. I keep the book on my coffee table rather than the kitchen. And I've sent at least ten books to my friends as gifts -- with warm notes.
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