Simple Soirees: Seasonal Menus for Sensational Dinner Parties Hardcover – 7 Oct 2005
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About the Author
Peggy Knickerbocker is a long-time contributor to Saveur, Gourmet, Food & Wine, House & Garden, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. Her previous books are Champagne - The Spirit of Celebration, Olive Oil - From Tree to Table (nominated for an IACP Award), and The Rose Pistola Cookbook.
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I think Peggy Knickerbocker is a genuis. It is not only my favorite cookbook, but it is my favorite gift to give as well.
I love how the menus are all arranged seasonally, taking advantage of appropriate ingredients and cooking methods. Stick to the season you're in, and you can't go wrong. The author's suggestions for making a party special are fun to read, too. Admittedly, I am from San Francisco, and so is she, so she mentions foods and places that are near and dear to my heart. Her food sensibilities are right up my alley.
If you're a Saveur reader, a couple of these menus will look familiar, as they are from articles she's written for them (the Gnafrons and the Old Stoves Dinner).