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Picnics: Delicious Recipes for Outdoor Entertaining Hardcover – June, 2004

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Cheerful and appealingly sized (just small enough that it could actually be taken on a picnic), this book by Deseran (Asian Vegetables) contains more than 45 recipes for picnic fare that go far beyond the standard sandwiches and potato salad. Not that there aren’t recipes for potato salad: there’s German-Style with Bacon and Mustard and Cajun. As for sandwiches, Roasted Pork with Fennel and Apple and Pan Bagnat with Tuna, Tomatoes and Olives will excite discriminating palates. Easy elegant entree offerings include Cold Slow-Roasted Salmon with Cucumber-Cumin Raita, and Grilled Shrimp, Zucchini and Tomato Skewers. Desserts such as Toasted Almond Bundt Cake with Raspberries and snazzy drinks like Mojitos and White Wine Sangria with Cherries provide a sweet touch. Color photographs by Jonelle Weaver make dishes like the Nectarine Tart jump off the page.
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About the Author

Sara Deseran is the food editor of 7x7 magazine in San Francisco. She has contributed to such publications as Saveur and The San Francisco Chronicle as well as serving as food editor for Taste magazine.

Jonelle Weaver -- whose clients include Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Living, and Gourmet -- lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811842991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811842990
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sara Deseran, a longtime food writer and San Francisco magazine's editor-at-large, is the co-founder of Tacolicious along with her husband Joe Hargrave. Sara's magazine writing has been featured in multiple Best Food Writing anthologies and she's contributed to publications such as Food & Wine, Sunset, and Food Arts. The author of three cookbooks, and the keeper of the Tacolicious blog (tacolicious.com), she lives in San Francisco with Joe and their children. Joe and Sara's most recent restaurant is a Mission District-based Chinese dumpling and noodle joint called Chino (chinosf.com).

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By L. Howe on October 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those cookbooks where every recipe turns out really, really well. The chicken salad recipe is awesome, I get asked for the recipe wherever I take it. The asparagus/pea/cucumber/avocado salad is delicious and the cajun potato salad is original and easy. Awesome cabbage and apple slaw and the chocolate cake and nectarine tart are quick and delicious. I give out these recipes by request constantly. I find myself reaching for this cookbook anytime I have to bring something to a spring or summer event: shower, work event, family event, or picnic. Highly recommend!
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sids on April 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I think I only liked one of her recipes. The rest of them weren't original.
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